War in Ukraine
The continuing war in Ukraine is a humanitarian crisis. Jones Day continues to monitor the situation at every level and is advising clients on protecting their employees and interests affected by the war.
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
As business issues involving climate change, sustainability, human rights, and shareholder activism continue to affect the global marketplace, corporations, investors, and board directors need to understand how these factors may impact their business and how they are driving regulatory and market change.
The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court
The European Patent with Unitary Effect ("Unitary Patent") and the Unified Patent Court ("UPC") are on track to enter into force and become operational by Q4/2022–Q1/2023. This is the most significant change in European patent law since the creation of the European Patent Office in 1977.
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.
LIBOR and other IBORs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.