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In the ever-evolving landscape of financial transparency, the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reporting rule has emerged as a pivotal instrument. It’s goal is to reduce the surge in financial crimes and money laundering that have occurred across the U.S. The new law originates from the U.S. Department of Treasury in the office of the Financial...
Trademark infringement occurs when someone uses a trademarked brand name, logo, or design without permission. Defending your brand against trademark infringement is crucial to protect your intellectual property rights and maintain the integrity of your brand. By understanding the basics of trademark infringement and taking appropriate actions, you can safeguard your brand and its value...
Foreign companies regularly invest in the U.S.  It is a complex transaction, yet well worth it. The U.S. has the largest consumer market in the world with over 333 million residents and a robust economy.  It has a gross domestic product (GDP) of $25 trillion and as such is an excellent option for foreign direct...
Comprehensive due diligence is essential when preparing for the purchase or sale of a business. This due diligence will vary depending on whether you are on the buy or sell side of a purchase.   Each company is unique, from sector to size to valuation and business strategy. How can both parties plan for and execute...
The impact of blockchain technology across the globe is undeniable.  This technology has the potential to transform various industries, change the way we conduct transactions, and how we manage data. Its pervasive use is notable when we consider that it can exist both publicly and privately and has uses with digital currency, NFTs, the metaverse,...
Finding the right balance between providing incentives to stakeholders while maintaining as much equity in your company as possible can feel as elusive  as winning a golden ticket from Willy Wonka. The question becomes, what is an effective way to do so? Growth-oriented companies want to grow.  It’s that simple.   These companies may not,  however,...
Businesses should seek the capital they need.  The task of doing so, however, can sometimes seem daunting if a large raise is necessary, or if you are newer to the process.  As such, it is important to be aware of the possible challenges of raising capital.  You should also be prepared to invest the time...
  By Atty. Nouvelle L. Gonzalo, Esq.   Chair, Florida Bar International Law Section Committee (ILS) on US-Canada Cross-Border Deals.  Introduction  In the United States, Canada and Mexico are more than our northern and southern neighbors. They are our top two trading partners and export markets.1 One-third of all U.S. exports this year have gone to...
U.S based CEOs and those coming from abroad should be aware of new U.S. legislation (31 U.S. Code § 5336 – Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements) that requires companies formed in or registered to business in the United States to report the name and information of their beneficial owners to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”). Although...
Business people and IP lawyers should be aware as new reports from Bloomberg Law reveal the importance of taking great care when filing trademark and patent applications. THREE Key Steps for Counsel: VERIFY APPLICANT USE Complete due diligence on foreign trademark applications to ensure validity of mark and that it is in use. Ensure it is...
When doing any type of deal, it is important to do your due diligence. This is especially important when it comes to international deals. If you will engage in business with another company, see our firm best practices for doing cross border due diligence as follows: 1. BUSINESS HISTORY: Investigate the companies involved in the...
By Nouvelle L Gonzalo, Esq. and Brittany George Did you know you can buy an acre of land on the moon for under $30? According to the Lunar Registry, it’s true! Well, even if lunar land is cheap, it is likely that your commercial lease is not. As a U.S. and international corporate law firm,...

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