The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the infection of millions of people worldwide, and is causing substantial disruptions to travel and trade. In addition to its public health and humanitarian dimensions, the pandemic poses numerous complex legal issues.
The 2017 announcement by the chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that the FCA will no longer compel panel banks to submit London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) quotations after 2021 was a shock to the credit and derivative markets. While market participants around the world have come to terms with the expected cessation of LIBOR and other interbank offered rates (IBORs), there remains significant uncertainty around the transition to new benchmark rates, the determination and calculation of those benchmark rates, the impact the transition away from LIBOR and other IBORs will have on existing and future financing arrangements, as well as potential legal, conduct, regulatory, and economic risks.
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
Autonomous Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
The technology of the future is here today in myriad applications, including intelligent transportation, consumer products, sensing and object detection, product manufacturing and distribution, communications, hardware, machine learning, big data storage and transmission, and software. Our insights cover legal issues ranging from intellectual property, patents, trade secrets, and licensing, to mergers and acquisitions, financing, privacy, cyber-security, government regulation, industry standards, insurance, and product liability risk management and litigation.
Blockchain and Digital Currencies
Blockchain offers vast potential, extending well beyond the realm of finance.
As the interest in blockchain technology grows, companies will be confronted with numerous decisions, challenges, and legal issues pertaining to its adoption. Our publications, videos, and podcasts discuss a range of relevant matters, including the overall design and control of blockchain systems, potential liability for use (or misuse) of the data they contain, and consequences flowing from being able to track data and transactions on an immutable, near–real-time basis.
International Trade and Foreign Direct Investments (FDI)
Compliance programs, disclosures, advisory opinions, regulations, economic sanctions, export control, customs, trade remedy matters, and license applications are just some of the international trade and investment issues companies face. We produce a variety of publications, videos, and podcasts aimed at informing businesses of legal issues and what to consider in the political, reputational, and public issues that can accompany high-stakes international business.
Shareholder Activism and Corporate Governance
The recent changes in governance, resulting from sweeping legislation, regulatory zeal, and activist shareholders, are among the most profound in modern corporate history. The result has been unprecedented scrutiny of management, empowered shareholders, and unsettled boards. Jones Day's insights are developed to inform business as they evaluate and resolve a wide array of issues in an ever-changing corporate governance and shareholder activist environment.
A company's trade secrets are targets for hackers, nation-states, disgruntled employees, and other thieves, resulting in the expanded importance of the law of trade secret protection, including significant and diverse forms of criminal or civil exposure as either a victim, plaintiff, or defendant. Our insight cover the litigation, intellectual property, cybersecurity, investigation, and labor and employment issues involving trade secrets.