Corporate & Securities

President-elect Trump has proposed to simplify the tax code after his inauguration in 2017. His tax plan is available on his campaign website, aided by his various statements concerning tax reform which are contained in other press releases.To reduce complexity, Trump would eliminate the personal...

With the New Year rapidly approaching, it is the time of year when businesses review the past year’s successes and failures, as well as plan what they want to accomplish in 2017. It also should be a time when businesses review their legal contracts to...

In recent years, there has been a growing backlash at both the state and federal level against businesses’ use of non-disparagement clauses. Businesses, in an effort to protect their brand reputation, will sometimes include a non-disparagement clause in commercial contracts, restraining customers from posting online...

In August 2016, four former employees filed a class action lawsuit against HP, Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprises for age discrimination, claiming that they were laid off as part of a restructuring of the company to “transform itself from an ‘old’ company into a ‘younger’...

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is a forum where governments discuss social and economic policy, including guidelines for the coordination of various tax laws across the organization’s member jurisdictions. The United States has the highest corporate tax rate among the 35 members...

The accounting definition of “variable interest entity” (VIE) means an entity in which an investor holds a controlling interest that is not based on owning the majority of voting rights.  To non-accountants, the VIE structure is a business structure that is widely used by Chinese...

Get your champagne flutes ready, as it seems California Assembly Bill 1322 (AB 1322) looks ripe and ready to be passed. AB 1322 aims to amend current law to allow beauty salons and barber shops to serve their clients limited quantities of beer or wine...

California has turned a corner when it comes to marijuana. In 1996, California voters voted in favor of Proposition 215, the Medical Marijuana Initiative. The initiative became the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Then, in October 2015, Governor Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and...

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