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  • BEIJING, Feb 13- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Executive Chairman Jack Ma urged employees to relax about U.S. lawsuits against the firm over possible failure to disclose information to investors, in a letter to staff posted on his official microblog on Friday. A series of lawsuits have been filed in the United States after an unusually public fracas with a Chinese...

  • LONDON, Feb 12- Private holders of Greek default insurance could be in for a payout of over $750 million if Greece defaults on debt owed to the European Central Bank or other public-sector creditors, lawyers said. Worries of a default have resurfaced as Athens is in a stand-off with its international lenders over its plans to end austerity measures agreed under...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- James Garrity, a partner in the law firm Morgan Lewis& Bockius, is returning to the bench as a U.S. bankruptcy judge in New York after more than a 15- year absence, court officials announced on Wednesday. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper on Feb. 17, according to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees bankruptcy judge succession in the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- A divided federal appeals court in New York allowed more than 100,000 potential plaintiffs to pursue class action litigation accusing Leucadia National Corp and a law firm of fraudulently cutting corners to win default judgments in debt collection cases. Tuesday's 2-1 decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came after the U.S....

  • The deal with the SEC notably does not suspend the firms from practicing as accountants for China- based companies listed on U.S. markets. The firms can face an automatic six-month suspension, however, if they fail to produce documents or provide records that the SEC deems to be deficient. The SEC could also start new fast-tracked enforcement actions or revive...

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission said the Chinese units of Deloitte, Ernst& Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG will each pay $500,000 and admit that prior to 2012 they did not produce documents the SEC had requested. The settlement with the SEC notably does not suspend the firms from practicing as accountants for China- based firms listed in U.S....

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission said that the Chinese units of Deloitte, Ernst& Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG will each pay $500,000 and admit that prior to 2012, they did not produce documents the SEC had requested. The settlement with the SEC notably does not suspend the firms from practicing as accountants for China- based firms listed in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- William Gerber, chief financial officer of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp for the last eight years, will receive a $2.5 million retirement package when he leaves the discount brokerage firm at the end of September, the company said in a quarterly regulatory filing on Thursday. Gerber, 56, began his career at TD Ameritrade in 1999 as director of finance...

  • Profits, productivity and the pursuit of happiness Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    *Financial services firms look at new ways to motivate staff. DUBLIN, Feb 3- There isn't much time for self-reflection when you are advising on company takeovers but at Irish corporate law firm William Fry they are giving themselves some serious thought. It is actually focusing on the things that you are good at and emphasizing their impact in your life, "said Shane...

  • Firms prepare for new tax rules as China vows crackdown Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 8:35 PM ET

    Tax professionals and business lobbies alike have welcomed the move as an attempt to bring China's tax regime more in line with international standards. Under the new policy, for example, a firm that invests in China through companies in Hong Kong or Singapore to take advantage of tax benefits that do not exist between China and its home country could find...

  • Deloitte, whose audit clients range from carmaker General Motors Co to investment bank Morgan Stanley, achieved total fees including consultancy work of $34.2 billion last year, giving it a $248 million lead over second-placed PwC, the annual International Accounting Bulletin World Survey said. Rob Tautges, chief executive of mid-tier firm HLB...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 27- Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday it agreed to pay $400 million to avert a trial in a class action lawsuit accusing the pharmaceutical giant of misleading investors in connection with off-label marketing. Pfizer disclosed the agreement-in-principle as it released its fourth-quarter results. "This resolution reflects a desire by the company to...

  • BEIJING, Jan 27- Multinational law firm Dentons and China's biggest legal practice Dacheng Law Offices said on Tuesday they had signed off on their merger, a move that will create the world's biggest law firm. The structure is necessary because China forbids foreign law firms and lawyers from practising law, and instead relegates them to advisory roles.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 23- U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the agency's Agricultural Research Service, was sent to all Animal Research...

  • TORONTO, Jan 22- A Canadian Supreme Court ruling on Thursday about a tiny landfill deal in British Columbia is set to make it a lot harder for Canada's competition watchdog to challenge potentially anti-competitive deals between companies, lawyers said. The ruling by Canada's top court foiled the Competition Bureau's bid to unwind privately-held Tervita's...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- A U.S. judge on Thursday threw out the guilty pleas of four men accused of illegally dealing in shares ahead of an IBM Corp acquisition, the first decision in response to a landmark appellate ruling curtailing prosecutors' ability to bring certain insider trading cases. In the IBM case, prosecutors said a worker at IBM's law firm told former Royal...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 22- International law firm Dentons and China's Dacheng Law Offices have agreed on a merger that is expected to create the world's largest law firm and would be only the second time a global firm and a domestic Chinese firm have joined forces. A spokeswoman for Dentons said partnerships of both firms had approved the deal and that China's Ministry of...

  • Garlock, a unit of EnPro Industries, filed for bankruptcy in 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the face of the mounting cost of asbestos lawsuits. Golini allegedly told Philadelphia- based Shein he was exposed to 14 asbestos products made by bankrupt companies including Owens Corning and Armstrong World Industries. After Garlock settled with Golini, Shein...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- A U.S. judge on Thursday refused to let plaintiffs' lawyers suing General Motors Co access notes from lawyers the company hired to prepare an internal report on the automaker's decade-long mishandling of a deadly ignition-switch flaw. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan said interview notes from the "Valukas report"- named for Anton...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- MetLife said it would file on Tuesday a lawsuit against regulators subjecting it to tougher oversight, challenging their verdict the firm harbors enough risk to endanger the financial system in a crisis. The designation of MetLife as a so-called "systemically important" company would make insurance products more expensive without...