All Articles

Making Cross-Border Movie Magic: U.S.-China film deals present opportunities and challenges

Christopher Staton Spicer is a partner in Akin Gump’s corporate practice. Focusing primarily on entertainment and media finance, he represents financial institutions and other financiers with respect to their film and television lending. He also advises borrowers, distributors, independent...

Read More

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016

Read More

A Natural Resource: An industry trailblazer illuminates the intricacies of the energy markets

These are tumultuous times for world energy markets. Prices plunge. Tech disrupts. Wars rage. Oceans warm. Regulators probe. Penalties stiffen. Stakes rise. Players fret as they take aim at a distant target that won’t stop moving. It is, therefore, the...

Read More

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

SEC to Implement Crowdfunding Exemption: Regulatory relief aims to help small businesses and start-ups raise capital over the Internet more effectively

More than three years after the JOBS Act was signed into law with bipartisan support, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt final rules on equity crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a popular and growing means of raising money on the Internet, but it has generally not been used as a...

Read More

Board of Directors

Do Not Let ISS Go Overboard: Limiting board members to four seats is a disservice to companies and the members themselves

Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (ISS) employs a lot of very smart people with great intentions, but sometimes, they just need help.  On October 26, 2015, ISS proposed three changes to its voting policies for U.S. issuers for the 2016 proxy season, including a proposal to reduce the...

Read More

Mergers & Acquisitions

Patchwork of Rules Defines International M&A: A primer on increased interagency cooperation, dawn raids, and heightened regulatory security

MCC: You’re renowned for your encyclopedic knowledge of the laws of competition and merger control in the EU and UK. Of the many reforms in competition law in recent years, what has been the single most important change affecting mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions? Garrod...

Read More


U.S.-India: High-Energy Cooperation

MCC: The history of energy cooperation between the U.S. and India goes back to at least the 1950s and includes landmarks such as USAID’s support of India’s first nuclear power plant at Tarapur in 1969. From your varying perspectives, Mr. Varma as an advisor to sovereigns, including...

Read More