Greg Morical, vice president, general counsel and secretary of Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P., and Tabitha Meier, partner and co-chair of the compliance team at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, discuss the various ways outside counsel can help companies get their compliance programs up to snuff.


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Bethany Lukitsch of McGuireWoods runs down what the new regulations mean for companies based in California and beyond.

CCBJ: The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) takes effect January 1, placing new data protection and user requirements on businesses that collect or sell consumers’ personal information. What do the new regulations mean for companies doing business in California?

Bethany Gayle Lukitsch: It’s important to keep in mind that this statute doesn’t just affect companies that are physically present in California but a much broader, more universal group of companies. In fact, any company that touches or does business with a California consumer is likely going to be covered by the act. The act has broad definitions and will have significant impact on the way companies in the United States and even foreign companies do business with California residents. If companies haven’t started to pay attention to the CCPA and what it means for their business, they need to immediately turn their attention and do so.

Remarks as recent as late September from the California attorney general’s office suggest they are ramping up their enforcement team. While they are not able bring enforcement actions until summer of next year, they have said


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Rena Verma discusses trends in recent M&A activity and the growing assignment of Chief Transformation Officers to oversee the integration of various functional and operational units, along with the continued development of Integration Management Offices to ensure day-one readiness.
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The rise of legal operations as an occupation in corporations’ law departments has given rise to legal operations professionals in law firms, resulting in both groups creating synergies to further support better business acumen in their respective firms and law department hierarchies. This interview takes a look inside Barnes & Thornburg’s Legal Operations Department to view what law firms are doing to meet the needs of clients and their legal operations counterparts.


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A firm known for its focus on intellectual property looks to China and other key Asian markets to expand its client base. 

CCBJ: Fish opened a representative office in Shenzhen, China, in January 2019. Why is having an office in this region important to Fish?

Carl Bruce: China is, and will continue to be, a critical market for innovation. Fish represents many of the top 25 global tech companies by market cap, and expanding into Shenzhen, the “Silicon Valley” of China, makes good business sense. Since our focus is intellectual property (IP) – we do more of it than anyone else, and we do it better – we wanted to be where some of the leading innovation is taking place. In November 2018, Forbes China put Shenzhen first on its list of the “Top 30 Most Innovative Chinese Cities.” Shenzhen boasts the highest number of Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications filed of any city in China. The city is home to some of China’s most innovative companies, which account for almost 50 percent of Chinese PCT filings. We believe it is critical to be able to work with these companies and to meet their needs on the ground, in real
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