International Trade & Regulation

Keep Calm and Carry On: Brexit's Effect

Keep Calm and Carry On: Brexit’s Effect

Keep calm and carry on. That very British of phrases was recently used several times in a IHS Maritime expert panel on the topic of Brexit and its effects on international trade and shipping.  Brexit—the decision by Britons through popular vote to leave the European Union—was met with concern and disbelief by many observers around the world and had the effect of sending shockwaves through ...
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Chinese Domain Name Scams

Chinese Domain Name Scams

Authored by Jane D. Tucker Chinese domain name scams are solicitations by entities in Asia to companies around the world requesting that the company register its brand name as a domain name with an Asian domain name registrar. The initial solicitation is via email and usually contains the following: A statement that a third party has applied to register a domain name with an Asian domain ...
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Foreign Owners of U.S. Businesses: Time is Running Out

Foreign Owners of U.S. Businesses: Time is Running Out

If you are a foreign owner doing business in the U.S. you should review the requirements by the Bureau of Economic Analysis/U.S. Department of Commerce (“BEA”). BEA is collecting data to measure foreign direct investments in the U.S., and they are doing so retroactively back to January 1, 2014. The BE-13 Survey form will have to be filed by January 12, 2015. Even if you ...
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New Restrictions on Mechanic's Lien in Virginia

New Restrictions on Mechanic’s Lien in Virginia

Authored by attorney James R. Harvey The 2013 Virginia General Assembly passed a new law further complicating Virginia’s mechanic’s lien laws. The bill, which passed with wide support in the House of Delegates and Senate amends Va. Code §43-3 to now prohibit liens by those without a valid Virginia contractor’s license. “A person who performs labor without a valid license or certificate issued by the ...
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