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Contributor to Moore & Van Allen's MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog
Keeping clients up to date on the constantly evolving regulatory environment and serving as a thought leader as regulations and enforcement policy
Edward P. O'Keefe

Regulatory Litigation
Thompson Reuters and Association of Corporate Counsel’s Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel
Edward P. O'Keefe

Effective partnering between inside and outside counsel enables corporate law departments to improve the quality and reduce the costs of legal services provided to corporate clients. The best-known source of expert guidance on partnering is the four-volume, 7,000-page treatise and practice guide entitled Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, which is a joint project of Thomson Reuters/West and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).


Are You Ready to Travel This Summer?
May 2018

Vacation season is just around the corner. Whether you are a tourist, U.S. permanent resident, or hold a temporary visa, having the proper documentation is essential to your international travel. Discovering an expired document too late can derail your travel plans and be costly to rectify. This brief guide will help you get a jump on organizing documents such as your passport, ESTA registration, green card or nonimmigrant visa.  


How to Achieve the Mandate of Proportionality Through Phased Discovery
Charles (Chuck) R. Scarminach, Robert E. Sumner, IV
May 2018, ABA Section of Litigation Trial Practice’s Summer

Charleston Litigation Member Robert Sumner and Associate Chuck Scarminach were recently published in the ABA Section of Litigation Trial Practice’s Summer Publication. The article titled, "When Do You Need an English Translator in Civil Depositions?", discusses how to determine when you should use a translator.


H1-B Cap and Lottery Update
May 2018

USCIS has announced that it has completed all data entry of FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated "lottery" process. The data entry process includes the receipt of petitions selected in the lottery.


USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Lottery for FY2019
April 2018

USCIS announced today that it has completed the "H-1B Cap Lottery" to select the number of petitions necessary to meet the H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2019. This year, USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began on April 2, 2018.


USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY2019
April 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory caps for fiscal year 2019, which begins on October 1, 2018.


Premium Processing Suspended for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions
March 2018

USCIS announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing service for H-1B petitions that are subject to this year’s H-1B cap. This suspension of premium processing will not apply to non-cap subject H-1B petitions, such as petitions for extension or amendment of H-1B status.


Business Tax Planning and Fiduciary Income Tax After Tax Reform
Thomas Cooper
March 2018, Will and the Way, North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section

Environmental Due Diligence in Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Robert Kerr and Lesley Firestone
February 2018, Association of Corporate Counsel South Carolina Chapter Newsletter

All commercial real estate transactions involve some level of environmental risk, regardless of whether the property being transferred was formerly used for industrial, commercial, agricultural, or residential purposes. Accordingly, it is important for a buyer to consider conducting some level of environmental due diligence prior to purchasing real property. Environmental due diligence will allow the buyer to identify and quantify the environmental issues associated with the property.


Law of Astana International Financial Centre
Colby Jenkins, Saniya Perzadayeva (Unicase Law Firm)
January 2018

Imminent Government Shutdown?
January 2018

USCIS Clarifies Position on AC21 H-1B Extensions
January 2018

Are You Ready For H-1B Cap Season?
January 2018

'Tis the season...to prepare for H-1B filing
December 2017

Are you ready to travel abroad for the holidays?
November 2017

Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act Update
Neil Bloomfield, Nathan White
October 2017

After the Panama Papers exposed efforts by wealthy individuals and government officials to hide funds offshore, government authorities around the world have responded with new legislation, regulations and enforcement actions that are beginning to reshape the landscape for anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations.


U.S. Services in Turkey and Cuba Suspended
October 2017

Don't Forget the H-1B October 1, 2017 Start Date
October 2017

Premium Processing Resumed for all H-1B Petitions
October 2017

The Transition Away From USD LIBOR for Swaps
A Report for U.S. Market Participants
Robert (Rob) I. Kenny, Zachary J. King
September 28, 2017

With the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) announcing in July 2017, essentially, its intent to no longer persuade or compel panel banks to make LIBOR submissions by the end of 2021, the future of LIBOR, and its role in the trillions of dollars of interest rate products that use it as a benchmark, including over-the-counter (“OTC”) interest rate swaps, has become more uncertain.


Trump Administration Implements New Travel Ban
September 2017

USCIS Policy Changes Impacting Green Card Filings
September 2017

Premium Processing Resumed for H-1B Cap Petitions
September 2017

Reminder: New I-9 Takes Effect on September 18th
September 2017

The Impact of the DACA Rescission
September 2017

INDEPENDENT SPONSORS: A Critical and Evolving Deal Flow Channel
John Gilson, Colby Jenkins
September 2017

Over the past decade, the independent sponsor model has become increasingly prevalent in the lower middle market, with investors interested in private companies actively seeking to coinvest with prominent or promising sponsors as a supplement to direct, brokered, or other deal flow channels.


Coming Soon: In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants
August 2017

Navigating the Complexities of CSI
Regulators have different rules for confidential supervisory information. Increased awareness and reform will help regulatory agencies ensure that CSI is understood and protected.
Ed O'Keefe
August 2017

In an era of increased oversight, regulatory agencies have taken a greater interest in standardizing the conduct of financial institutions. An area of ongoing interest is the protection of confidential supervisory information (CSI), a term used by the banking agencies to refer to information that is prepared by, on behalf of, or for the use of financial regulatory agencies, including state or federal banking supervisors. CSI extends to information related to an examination, inspection, or other visitation of an institution. Each of the regulators has issued rules that govern the disclosure of CSI by “supervised financial institutions.”


Focusing on the Mission While Watching Macro Trends
For our clients and companies, we can provide effective leadership and advice by maintaining focus on our missions.
Jim McLoughlin, Ed O'Keefe, Tom Pennington
August 2017

The flow of media coming at us reminds us that we continue to live in the challenging times that began in 2007. For our clients and companies, we can provide effective leadership and advice by maintaining focus on our missions. Through focus on a commonly understood corporate mission while watching for macro trends, we reduce the risk of unstable environments. We see three macro trends that merit attention.


Trump Backs Legislation to Reduce Legal Immigration Rates
August 2017

Premium Processing Resumed for Certain H-1B Petitions
July 2017

Form I-9 Revised Yet Again
July 2017