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ANALYSIS: Iran Sanctions—The Business Impact (Podcast)

John E. Smith, former director of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and co-head of Morrison & Foerster LLP’s national security practice, discusses the current Iran sanctions and their impact on global business. Since the U.S. withdrew unilaterally from the Iran nuclear deal, it has become an outlier, as much of the rest of the world, including Europe, wants to continue to do business with Iran.

ANALYSIS: IPOs Reveal Fears & Flops in SmileDirect & Peloton

Another quarter, another unicorn unmasked: WeWork’s initial public offering, anticipated to rank as the second-largest in 2019, was heckled by investors and the media until its co-founder CEO was fired and the offering humiliatingly withdrawn. Among the largest third quarter offerings now trading, SmileDirectClub brought only frowns. It earned the dubious distinction as the worst mega-IPO priced above-range since at least 2008. SmileDirect’s closest IPO competitor, Peloton, failed to keep pace, as its IPO clocked in as the third worst trading debut in 10 years for companies raising at least $1 billion.

ANALYSIS: Pharma M&A Acquisitions 12% of Global Deals in Q3

Even with the continued uptick in mega deals during 2019, the third quarter saw a significant worldwide decline in mergers and acquisitions. The volume of global M&A was down by 34% in the third quarter, with $631 billion in worldwide public and private mergers and acquisitions deals announced, as compared with $962 billion in the second quarter. The third quarter’s deal volume was the lowest for any quarter since the first quarter of 2014.

ANALYSIS: 2019 Legal Tech Investments Top $1B After Strong Q3

Quarterly investment in legal tech companies reached new heights in the third quarter, with nearly $700 million in disclosed funding to legal tech firms. Q3’s results mean that funding of legal tech in 2019 has exceeded the $1 billion mark well ahead of year’s end.

ANALYSIS: Orrick’s Approach to Legal Innovation (Podcast)

Orrick has been named the Most Innovative North American Law Firm by Financial Times for the past three years. Hosts Dori Goldstein and Meg McEvoy interview the innovation team on concrete steps firms can take to optimize processes and get innovation into the DNA of an organization.

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