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Maximizing Mergers and Acquisitions: An in-depth look behind the headlines at some important emerging trends

Mergers and acquisitions are back in the headlines. Following two years of sharp decline, deal making increased 12 percent in 2010, according to Bloomberg. Cross-border deals shot up 41 percent. With companies sitting on record cash war chests, the trend looks likely to continue. A small sampling of recent activity: Sanofi-Aventis completed its $20.1 billion… Continue Reading

Informed Advertisers: How to disclose information online and on mobile platforms

Issued in 2000, the Federal Trade Commission’s “Dot Com Disclosures” document helps online businesses avoid deception with guidance on how to disclose “in a clear and conspicuous way” information material to any form of consumer interaction with its products or services. As D. Reed Freeman, Jr., a Morrison & Foerster partner focused on consumer protection… Continue Reading

When will mobile payments finally make it to the U.S.?

In some parts of the world, paying for items with your smartphone is old news. But when will mobile payments come stateside? That depends on how broadly you define m-commerce. “Anything you can do online with your laptop”—buy products, check bank accounts—“people will increasingly do over their mobile phones,” says Nick Holland, senior analyst with… Continue Reading

Could seaweed be the ideal biofuel source?

For decades, biofuel companies have turned to food crops, especially corn, to make the bioethanol that is added to gasoline to power trucks and cars. But the resulting price pressures on food, coupled with the large tracts of land needed to produce the fuel in a meaningful way, has led to a hunt for next-generation… Continue Reading