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January 2, 2013
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  Corporate Spotlight 
  • IPO market appears headed into slump
    Fewer initial prospectuses filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the second half of 2012 suggest a slowdown in initial public offerings this year. Financial markets have become less receptive to emerging companies, market observers say. CNBC (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Questions remain about bid-rigging enforcement actions
    Market participants are wondering whether U.S. authorities will be targeting more firms and individuals this year after wrapping up most of their 2012 cases of bid-rigging of bond-related investment and derivatives contracts. "There is a lot of mystery to this process in the eyes of the industry. Have these individuals and firms worked out a cooperative agreement, or are the wheels of justice grinding exceedingly slowly? [Or] have there been decisions to pursue certain cases and not others, for reasons we don't know?" said Peter Shapiro, managing director of Swap Financial Group. The Bond Buyer (free content) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  National News 
  Legislative Dispatch 
  • Many Americans will pay higher taxes in 2013 despite deal: The budget bill that would avert the "fiscal cliff" will preserve Bush-era tax cuts for many middle-class Americans, but other taxes will go up in 2013. A temporary reduction in employees' contribution to Social Security will end, and the average household will pay an extra $1,000 this year. The income tax rate of individuals making more than $400,000 a year and of couples whose combined income is greater than $450,000 will rise to 39.6% from 35%. CBS MoneyWatch (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Employment Focus 
  • Affordable Care Act is seen as likely to slow hiring this year
    The Affordable Care Act is making employers more reluctant to hire full-time workers this year, and many companies will opt to hire more part-time workers and cut the hours of full-timers, human resources firms say. Nearly a third of franchisees say they plan to cut staff because of a requirement that companies with more than 50 employees provide health insurance or pay a penalty, according to a survey by the International Franchise Association. USA Today (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
  • Firms weigh effects of high court's possible invalidation of gene patents
    Some medical-testing companies say innovation could be accelerated if the Supreme Court invalidates gene patents. Such a ruling "would open new opportunities to develop new testing services based on gene discoveries," said Wendy Bost, a spokeswoman for Quest Diagnostics. However, companies such as Myriad Genetics, which owns the patent at the heart of a case the high court will hear this spring, want the court to uphold such patents. The Wall Street Journal (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional and Business Development 
  • How to lead like Bilbo Baggins
    Viewers or readers of "The Hobbit" might assume the wizard Gandalf or the dwarfish leader Thorin are the adventurers' only leaders, but as the tale progresses, it's the meek, reluctant Bilbo Baggins who emerges as the true hero, Doug Guthrie writes. "Ultimately Bilbo rises to the occasion, despite the fact that his colleagues don't always think he's up to it," Guthrie writes. Forbes (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 rules to keep in mind when making introductions
    Before you introduce someone to one of your contacts, you should let your contact know what's going on so he or she isn't caught off guard. During the introduction, you should explain why you have chosen to help those two people connect. You should also remember that you don't have to agree to make an introduction just because someone has asked you to do so. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PLI News 
  • JOBS Act: Growing Momentum
    Since enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act in April 2012, the staff of the SEC has published many of the required studies and released significant guidance concerning many of the JOBS Act provisions. Learn how market practice continues to evolve in relation to emerging growth company IPOs at this Jan. 8 One-Hour Audio Briefing. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Got the Latest Patent News?
    From Apple and Samsung to Motorola and Microsoft and the many changes stemming from the America Invents Act, it's more important than ever to get the latest and most reliable patent news in one place. PLI's Patent Law Practice Center, with its up-to-the-minute world news, law firm memos, blog posts and recent patent cases, is your one-stop shop for staying current. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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