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Hosted by Dori Goldstein and Meg McEvoy, legal analysts in Bloomberg Law’s analysis unit, Law X.0 covers the leading edge of law and the legal industry. The podcast will dig into today’s challenging, shifting legal landscape, uncovering and analyzing trends in litigation, regulation and compliance, transactions, legal operations, and the legal market. The podcast will welcome innovators and influencers in law and the legal industry, offering attorneys actionable analysis on the future of legal practice.

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Hosted by Dori Goldstein and Meg McEvoy, legal analysts in Bloomberg Law’s analysis unit, Law X.0 covers the leading edge of law and the legal industry. The podcast will dig into today’s challenging, shifting legal landscape, uncovering and analyzing trends in litigation, regulation and compliance, transactions, legal operations, and the legal market. The podcast will welcome innovators and influencers in law and the legal industry, offering attorneys actionable analysis on the future of legal practice.

    JW Verret on Bending Money Rules for Biotech

    JW Verret on Bending Money Rules for Biotech

    Biotech firms have trouble getting reliable access to capital throughout the long, unpredictable development, testing, and approval process. While it’s in some ways a typical high risk, potentially high reward business, biotech can provide life-saving innovations when the success finally materializes.
     
    J.W. Verret, GMU law school professor and member of the SEC’s investor advisory committee, has ideas to help biotech and other small-cap companies access the public and exempt markets more efficiently. Verret talks about why current securities regulations, like Reg A and Reg FD, hamper small-cap companies and hobble their search for liquidity. He discusses small changes, and better outreach from the SEC to small-cap firms, that could tip the scales and help match money with innovations that could improve lives.

    • 20 min
    Privacy Crusade Versus Facebook Nears Apex

    Privacy Crusade Versus Facebook Nears Apex

    A simple complaint against Facebook’s privacy practices, submitted to an Irish agency by an Austrian law student, has snowballed into a seven-year legal battle that continues to disrupt the global privacy landscape. The European Union’s highest court will soon issue a ruling that Bloomberg Law analyst Mark Smith says may have major implications for U.S. lawyers and businesses.
     
    In this episode, Smith details the legal carve-outs Facebook has relied upon to justify the transfer of data from the EU to the U.S., and he discusses how those measures have fared under the scrutiny of the European court system. He also explains what’s at stake with the upcoming ruling, and how U.S. lawyers can prepare for the next chapter in this seemingly never-ending but fascinating story.

    • 13 min
    #MeToo Makes its Mark in M&A Deals

    #MeToo Makes its Mark in M&A Deals

    The #MeToo movement is changing how M&A deals are written. Statements designed to protect deal parties from liability for C-suite sexual harassment are showing up in mergers and acquisitions of every size and across many sectors of the market. This type of statement is known as a “#MeToo rep” or “Weinstein clause” and, according to Bloomberg Law legal analyst Grace Burnett, it is a “provision going viral.”

    In this episode, Burnett discusses the emergence of #MeToo Reps (short for “representations and warranties”) in M&A deals, shares what she found when she analyzed publicly available M&A agreements, and describes the specific elements that are becoming market standard in the wake of #MeToo.

    • 15 min
    Three Men and a Baby Shower

    Three Men and a Baby Shower

    Office housework might make an office run more efficiently, but it can hold back an employee’s career and lead to expensive lawsuits for employers.

    Dori Goldstein, employment law Legal Analyst, and Cindy-Ann Thomas, principal at Littler Mendelson, explain the problems with tasks like planning the office holiday party or scheduling a meeting, and why so many of those tasks fall to women. They discuss the changing legal risks surrounding office housework, and explain how to prevent it from sparking lawsuits and eroding retention. 

    Co-hosts Dori Goldstein and Meg McEvoy also share the results of an office experiment. In an effort to delegate office housework more fairly, three men were tasked with planning an office baby shower. Hear from the guests, the guest of honor, and one of the party planners. 

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    Hosts: Dori Goldstein and Meg McEvoy 
    Guests: Cindy-Ann Thomas, Principal, EEO and Diversity Practice Group, Littler Mendelson
    Producer: RJ Jewell

    • 17 min
    Erich Spangenberg on Optimizing the $200B Patent Market

    Erich Spangenberg on Optimizing the $200B Patent Market

    Erich Spangenberg, CEO and co-founder of IPwe, is trying to give a technology-driven makeover to the $200 billion patent licensing and acquisition market. Spangenberg talks with Dori Goldstein and Meg McEvoy about leaving behind his patent troll past to create IPwe, a platform that connects transacting parties and provides AI-driven analytics on patent transactions. IPwe is aiming to bring in data from the world’s approximately 200 patent offices and create transparency around the pricing of patent licensing and sale transactions.

    Spangenberg discusses the opportunities for small and medium-size enterprises to tap into their patents’ value. Spangenberg also has some reassuring words for patent lawyers, who he thinks will remain an integral part of the system going forward.

    • 20 min
    Cryptocurrency Part 3: New York’s BitLicense Program

    Cryptocurrency Part 3: New York’s BitLicense Program

    In this third and final episode in a series on cryptocurrency, New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Linda Lacewell discusses BitLicenses, which enable virtual currency projects, including those that touch the state’s mammoth banking sector. Initially unpopular among the Fintech and crypto communities, BitLicenses are lending legitimacy to virtual currency projects. 2019 was the busiest year yet, with eight crypto projects getting licensed by NYDFS. Lacewell discusses how her department is ramping up its cryptocurrency reviews, recent approval of stablecoin projects, and its win in litigation against the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency over cryptocurrency licensing.
    Listen and subscribe to Law X.0 from your mobile device:  Via Apple Podcasts | Via Stitcher | Via Overcast | Via Spotify 
    Hosts: Dori Goldstein and Meg McEvoy
    Guest: Superintendent Linda Lacewell, New York Department of Financial Services
    Producer: RJ Jewell

    • 18 min

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