The In-House Perspective July 2010

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News

The section includes recent news which may be of interest to in-house practitioners.

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IBA Corporate Counsel Forum comment on Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd and Akcros Chemicals Ltd v Commission of the European Communities

The proceedings in Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd and Akcros Chemicals Ltd v Commission of the European Communities currently before the European Court of Justice ('ECJ') concern the application of legal professional privilege to documents prepared by in-house counsel in Europe. This note outlines the nature and substance of the IBA's involvement in the appeal as an intervening party, as well as principal conclusions of the court's Advocate-General, whose non-binding opinion was delivered on 29 April 2010.

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Columns

Three columns written by the IBA Corporate Counsel Forum Co-Chairs; Eduardo Reyes discussing 'doing more with less'; and Mary Heaney files a report on the recent European ACC Conference in Vienna.  

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Calling time on the hourly bill 
Ben Rigby

In the current economic climate, alternative fee arrangements, a topic discussed at the IBA Managing Complex Litigation Conference held in April 2010 in Washington, DC, is a major issue for in-house counsel. This article looks at the alternatives to hourly billing. 

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Pamela Woldow - The Communicator
Ben Rigby

Pamela Woldow, Vice-Chair of the IBA Corporate Counsel Forum, talks to The In-House Perspective on a range of issues important to in-house counsel.

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Business and Human Rights

John Sherman, Co-Chair of the CSR Committee of the International Bar Association, and former Deputy General Counsel at National Grid, speaks to Professor John Ruggie of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Professor Ruggie is the special representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights having been appointed in 2005 with Ban Ki-moon reconfirming his appointment in 2008. The UN has given him a mandate to develop a framework for business in human rights which has become an international focal point of discussion for corporations worldwide.

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New UK Bribery Act
George Rosenberg

The UK's new Bribery Act looks poised to become arguably the toughest anti-bribery law in the world. This article takes a detailed look at the Act and what companies and individuals need to be aware of.

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Does the US Government have limitless jurisdiction over foreign corruption?
Mauro M Wolfe

With the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission recently stating that they are focused on using the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to combat foreign corruption, this article outlines the elements companies need to consider to ensure they remain the right side of the law.

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