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U.S. Issuing Passports with X Gender Marker

Back in December, we discussed the U.S. State Department’s plans to start issuing gender-neutral passports. On April 11, 2022, the new policy took effect, with passport application forms (DS-11) now offering an X gender marker. The DS-11 describes the X as standing for “unspecified or another gender identity.” Passport applicants can select the X gender

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The Role of U.S. Federal Courts in Arbitration

Arbitration is often the preferred, if not contractually required, forum for resolving business disputes. This is primarily because of arbitration’s perceived efficiencies in cost and time-to-resolution as compared to litigation in U.S. state or federal courts. Federal law has embraced arbitration through the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), which, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court,

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Who Will Regulate Your Crypto and How

The past two weeks have seen a flurry of proposed regulatory activity in cryptocurrency. Governments around the world are making a sustained push for regulation similar in form and scope to regulations in more traditional financial markets. Many are now wondering who will regulate my crypto, and how do they plan to regulate it? Who

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Export Compliance and When Do You NOT Need an Export License?

Though exporting products, services and technologies from the United States is relatively easy, especially as compared with many other countries, our clients are always peppering our international trade lawyers with export questions. In this post, I attempt to answer the seminal question related to exporting from the United States: What are the basics to ensure

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine & The Shape of International Trade to Come

Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign and democratic nation, has shattered Europe’s long peace, cancelled the peace dividend bestowed by what was thought to be the end of the Cold War, and provoked widespread condemnation. With Ukrainian cities, towns, military bases, infrastructure, citizens, and refugees coming under what at times appears to

Mexico Employment Law

Mexico Employment Law Basics

1. Mexico Employment Law Basics With China risks increasing and decoupling from China accelerating, Mexico is poised to take on an even greater role in the ongoing global supply chain rearrangement. Companies that are relocating some or all of their production to Mexico need to be aware of what is legally required to hire local

Dao Entities

Key Considerations for a DAO Legal Entity Type

We have been writing and making videos discussing some of the legal basics around DAOs, such as the various DAO legal entity types and governance. DAOs seeking to register a legal entity encounter challenges. These challenges are present because many of the current options for legal entity structures were designed for centralized operations — which

China and Web3

Looking to Score: Web3 and Soccer

In a sign of Web3’s mainstreamization, companies in the space are sponsoring soccer teams. For readers not familiar with the topic, soccer sponsorships are a really big deal. Spain’s Real Madrid gets €70 million a year from Emirates to display the airline’s name on their shirts. The Dubai-based airline, by the way, sponsors three other