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Explore ACC's selection of global, regional, and country-focused resources to help in-house counsel navigate legal, business and career issues arising from the COVID-19 (coronavirus / 2019-nCov) crisis.

Stephanie Corey, Co-founder and CEO, UpLevel Ops and Casey Flaherty Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, LexFusion
7 pages

Savings is not a strategy. Imagine a CEO opening an earnings call by celebrating the money the company “saved” on deal counsel and due diligence by not moving forward with an otherwise strategically vital acquisition. The stock would crater because leadership would rightly be judged as majoring in the minors.

As a line item, legal spend is a minor consideration. Rather, legal spend is better characterized as a relatively small investment that enables the business to execute on what matters.

Legal spend should be dictated by business needs. Those business needs are only escalating with the explosion in legal complexity. The increasingly law-thick environment in which businesses operate is having a profound impact on corporate top lines, bottom lines, valuations, and strategic opportunities. Trying to save money on legal is myopic—and excruciatingly common.

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Interest Area: Law Department Management
Audience: Legal Operations
the Working Group to Draft Model Contract Clauses to Protect Human Rights in International Supply Chains, American Bar Association Business Law Section.
4 pages

Executive Summary about the Model Contract Clauses Version 2.0 and the Responsible Buyer Code, developed by the Working Group to Draft Model Contract Clauses to Protect Human Rights in International Supply Chains, American Bar Association Business Law Section.

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Collection: Sustainability
Region: Global, United States
the Working Group to Draft Model Contract Clauses to Protect Human Rights in International Supply Chains, American Bar Association Section of Business Law - David V. Snyder, chair, Susan A. Maslow, vice chair. Principled Purchasing Project led by Sarah Dadush.

An introduction to the Model Contract Clauses developed by the members of the Working Group to Draft Model Contract Clauses to Protect Human Rights in International Supply Chains, American Bar Association Section of Business Law.

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Collection: Sustainability
Region: Global, United States
Lee Keane, Partner (Doha), Clyde & Co LLP
4 pages

Qatar continues to implement new legislation aimed at liberalizing the business environment for foreign investors and to introduce additional incentives and exemptions. This resource is a quick overview of the Foreign Investment Law and how investors can capitalize across all sectors in Qatar.

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Region: Middle East, Qatar
Laura Warren, Partner, and Jonathan Parker, Legal Director, Clyde & Co LLP (Doha)
7 pages

Many businesses will enter Qatar for the first time in 2022, and companies with existing operations in Qatar will look to capitalize on an influx of foreign investment and tourism. This resource provides 10 things to consider when doing business in Qatar.

Pamela D. Marks, Principal, Susan E. Smith, Principal, Allyn L. Stern, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
4 pages

This article developed by Beveridge & Diamond PC provides a summary on how to prepare for unexpected environmental crisis by better developing a crisis management system and maintaining effective management during a crisis.

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Interest Area: Environmental
Region: United States
Audience: Mid-Career, New to In-House, Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Association of Corporate Counsel
58 pages

This report provides a summary of the use of technology within legal departments, based on a survey conducted in autumn 2020 at the behest of the Tools & Technology Interest Group of ACC Legal Operations.

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Region: Global
Audience: Legal Operations
Nicholas Degen, Junior-Partner, and Mareike Heesing, Junior-Partner, Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater mbB
3 pages

In the modern business world, the qualified electronic signature is already a solid and largely equivalent substitute for the handwritten signature. This resource is an overview of the types of electronic signatures, and their legal and procedural effects in France and Germany.

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Collection: Blockchain
Region: Europe, France, Germany
Mark Thompson, Partner, Corporate and M&A (Belfast), Aisling Byrne, Partner, Employment & Incentives (Belfast), and Ciaran O’Shiel, Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Belfast), A&L Goodbody LLP
6 pages

In September 2021, the United Kingdom ("UK") Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport ("DCMS") published their proposed reforms to the UK’s data protection regime. The proposals set out in the DCMS Consultation would significantly alter the UK’s data protection framework and compliance requirements for businesses operating in the UK. This resource is an overview of the Consultation's five key areas.

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Region: Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland
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