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OnAir with Akin Gump features the thinking and insights of Akin Gump’s lawyers and advisors on topics of interest to those in the business and legal communities around the world. Commentaries on headline-making stories, viewpoints on interesting trends, and peeks over the horizon at upcoming opportunities and challenges—all these and more are featured in this series.
 
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In this episode, Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice senior counsel Aileen McGrath and labor and employment counsel Jonathan Slowik discuss California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and the significance of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana. Among the topics covered: · PAGA’s origins. …
 
In this special episode, Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice head Pratik Shah and senior counsel Aileen McGrath discuss the momentous 2021 Supreme Court Term and look at notable upcoming cases in the October 2022 Term. Among the topics covered: · Stare decisis and Dobbs. · The impact of originalism. · Shifting views of precedent. · Kenne…
 
In this episode, Natasha Kohne and Michelle Reed, who head Akin Gump’s cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice, and counsel Lauren York discuss the firm’s new CCPA Litigation Annual Report – 2021 Trends and Developments, which reviews the findings from their analysis of the second year of litigation and class actions under the Californi…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump litigation partner Richard Hornshaw and counsel Aimee Smart look at the litigation aspects of environmental, social and governance, or ESG, issues in the U.K. and EU. Among the topics covered: · Bringing ESG-related claims in English courts. · The trends in cases brought and the legal issues underpinning them. · ESG-relat…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice head Pratik Shah and senior counsel Aileen McGrath review the 2020 Supreme Court Term and preview the big cases and topics in the October 2021 Term. Among the topics covered: · What we can learn from the 2020 Term. · Justice Barrett’s first Term. · The rise of the shadow docket. · Hot-…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump financial regulatory partner Helen Marshall and white collar defense and government investigations practice co-head Michael Asaro look at SEC and FCA’s annual reports to discuss similarities, differences and trends. Among the topics covered: Which is the more active regulator? COVID’s impact on investigations. Financial p…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump litigation partner Hyongsoon Kim and Supreme Court and appellate senior counsel Aileen McGrath and Crimcard founder and managing partner Dr. Kareem Crayton discuss redistricting and the impact of the 2020 Census. Among the topics covered: The Voting Rights Act Secs. 2 and 5 and redistricting. The role of legal counsel in …
 
In this special episode, Akin Gump labor and employment partners Bob Lian and Lauren Leyden welcome noted epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Ostroff to update listeners on workplace issues related to COVID-19. Among the topics covered: The nature and impact of the Delta variant. Employer vaccine mandates following the FDA’s vaccine approval. Employer oblig…
 
In this new episode of OnAir: Health Care, Akin Gump health care senior policy advisor Matthew Hittle and consultant Dr. Mario Ramirez welcome Akin Gump public law and policy partner Clete Willems and Centrient Pharmaceuticals chief legal and compliance officer Jim DeYonker. Among the topics covered: · The TRIPS waiver and vaccines. · Global supply…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump labor and employment practice head Bob Lian and partner Lauren Leyden discuss employer vaccine mandates related to coronavirus. Among the topics covered: · Challenges and complications in managing the pandemic in the workplace. · What employers can require of employees. · Should employers be mandating the vaccine? · Who i…
 
In this episode, which concludes our three-part EU ESG Considerations for Beginners miniseries, Akin Gump financial regulatory partner Ezra Zahabi looks at EU ESG developments and risks and what business should know about them. Among the topics covered: · How the SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation interact. · EU legislative developments on the ESG fr…
 
In this episode, the second in our three-part EU ESG Considerations for Beginners miniseries, Akin Gump financial regulatory partner Ezra Zahabi looks at the EU’s Taxonomy Regulation and what it means for business. Among the topics covered: · What is the Taxonomy Regulation’s purpose? · To whom does it apply? · How does environmental sustainability…
 
In this new episode of OnAir: Health Care, Akin Gump health care senior policy advisor Matthew Hittle and consultant Dr. Mario Ramirez welcome House Ways and Means Committee health counsel Orriel Richardson and National Minority Quality Forum CEO Dr. Gary Puckrein. Among the topics covered: · Health equity – the view from Capitol Hill and beyond. ·…
 
In this episode, the first in our three-part EU ESG Considerations for Beginners miniseries, Akin Gump financial regulatory partner Ezra Zahabi looks at the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and what it means for business. Among the topics covered: · Where did SFDR start? · To whom does it apply? · Which funds are covered? · What are…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump corporate partners Wesley Williams and Jessica Hammons take a wide-ranging look at the oil and gas industry in the U.S. and discuss the investment and transaction present and future in that industry. Among the topics covered: · Trends in energy transactions. · Oil and gas industry consolidation. · Private equity funds, SP…
 
This special episode features “Emergence of ESG Transparency,” a webinar featuring two heads of Akin Gump’s ESG group—partners Stacey Mitchell in D.C. and Amy Kennedy in London—along with London partner Ezra Zahabi. Among the topics covered: · EU plans on ESG and sustainable finance. · An overview of U.S. climate and ESG developments. · EU sustaina…
 
In this new episode of OnAir: Health Care, Akin Gump health care senior policy advisor Matthew Hittle and consultant Dr. Mario Ramirez welcome public law and policy partners Ed Pagano and Clete Willems to talk federal health care policy and legislation. Among the topics covered: · What is infrastructure, and how are votes lining up in Congress? · C…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection practice co-heads Natasha Kohne and Michelle Reed, and counsel Molly Whitman discuss the firm’s new 2020 CCPA Litigation Annual Report and its sometimes-surprising findings. Among the topics covered: · Class actions under the California Consumer Privacy Act in 2020. · CCPA statu…
 
In this debut episode of OnAir: Health Care, Akin Gump health care senior policy advisor Matthew Hittle and consultant Dr. Mario Ramirez welcome partner Kelly Cleary to discuss health policy, medical science, and Washington politics. Among the topics covered: · The science behind CDC guidance. · HHS appointments: the state of play. · The Biden-Harr…
 
In this special episode, Akin Gump investment management partner and Women Firmwide Resource Group co-head Barbara Niederkofler moderates a panel featuring labor and employment partner Esther Lander, public law and policy partner Arshi Siddiqui and senior advisor and former Congresswowan Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as they discuss the Biden-Harris administ…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump financial restructuring partner Lois Deasey and practice co-head Liz Osborne offer an overview of creditors' fees related to English law schemes of arrangement. Among the topics covered: · Determining creditor classes under English law. · Lockup fees and what to look for. · How courts analyze work fees. · Backstop fees in…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump’s Amy Kennedy and Stacey Mitchell, two of the firm’s ESG group co-heads, walk listeners through environmental, social and governance considerations for business. Among the topics covered: · U.S. and international perspectives on ESG. · Why ESG is a hot topic in 2021. · The disclosure alphabet soup, from GRI to UNPRI. · Co…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump public law and policy partner Ed Pagano, senior policy advisor Casey Higgins and international trade counsel Maka Hutson discuss the Biden comprehensive immigration bill currently on Capitol Hill. Among the topics covered: · Can a comprehensive bill make it through Congress? · What business listeners should know about the…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump government contracts partner Angela Styles discusses the origins, workings, track record and future of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Among the topics covered: · Self-certification, eligibility and fraud. · Acquiring companies with PPP loans. · The Treasury Department and PPP. To learn more, visit akingump.com and…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump pro bono partner Steven Schulman; Rick McMurtry, senior VP and associate GC at WarnerMedia; and Jay Reidy, assistant VP and senior legal counsel at AT&T discuss pro bono partnerships between law firms and in-house legal departments. Among the topics covered: · AT&T’s and WarnerMedia’s pro bono programs. · The history and …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump public law and policy partner and former U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and senior advisor and former U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen discuss the 2020 U.S. elections and their significance for business. Among the topics covered: Issues firing up each candidate’s base. The candidates on trade, immigration, taxation. The…
 
In this episode, recorded on Sept. 14, Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice co-head Pratik Shah returns to review the 2019 Supreme Court Term and preview the big cases and topics in the October 2020 Term. Among the topics covered: Chief Justice Roberts’ influence. Justice Gorsuch as maverick and textualist. COVID-19 and telephonic argumen…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump health care partners Kelly Cleary and Robert Salcido discuss the health care industry and how COVID-19 has impacted the industry and affected or driven legislative and regulatory activity. Among the topics covered: The Stark Law and conflicts of interest. Oversight of the CARES Act. The False Claims Act and its current an…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump entertainment practice head Chris Spicer and partner Alissa Miller talk about the entertainment industry in the U.S. and overseas and the impact that COVID-19 has had on production and financing. Among the topics covered: · U.S. vs. international productions. · The rise of the streaming services. · Insurance and COVID. · …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump antitrust partners Gorav Jindal and Corey Roush, fresh off a two-week trial, discuss the nuts and bolts of litigating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the topics covered: · Antitrust litigation in the COVID context. · The challenges of remote trial preparation. · Technology: its advantages and disadvantages in the new …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump intellectual property partners Cono Carrano and David Vondle discuss IP disputes at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Among the topics covered: · What is Section 337 and what does it mean for business? · ITC or district court: Which gets the job done? · The ITC and standard essential patents. · Filing complaints at…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump litigation partner Hyongsoon Kim and counsel Molly Whitman discuss class actions against colleges and universities that have moved to remote teaching due to the pandemic. Among the topics covered: · Who comprises these plaintiff classes? · What is the nature of these suits? · The role of the plaintiff’s bar. · Early warni…
 
Akin Gump London-based financial restructuring partner Liz Osborne and finance partners Amy Kennedy and Stephen Peppiatt discuss European bonds, loans and the various flavors of covenants in the current liquidity constrained environment. Among the topics covered: The development of the high-yield bond/leveraged loan market. Investment opportunities…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump London-based financial restructuring partners Liz Osborne and Emma Simmonds discuss insolvency and restructuring in the U.K. in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Among the topics covered: · Recent trends. · Liquidity issues and requests for release and payment holidays. · U.K. insolvency and restructuring mechanisms. · P…
 
Akin Gump cybersecurity, privacy and data protection co-heads Natasha Kohne and Michelle Reid discuss the California Consumer Privacy Act and its implications for business in this episode recorded in mid-March. Among the topics covered: · California’s influence on states’ legislation. · Private right of action: What does it mean for business? · Att…
 
This episode presents the briefing “Managing the New Reality: Opportunities & Landmines for Energy Companies Right Now,” with Akin Gump corporate partner John Goodgame and financial restructuring partners Sarah Schultz, Ira Dizengoff and Michael Stamer. Among the topics covered: · D&O duties. · Disclosure for energy companies. · Liability managemen…
 
In this episode recorded in late February, Akin Gump financial regulatory partners Helen Marshall and Ezra Zahabi, using Akin Gump’s recently published In Principle annual report as a springboard, discuss what U.K. authorized firms should be thinking about. Among the topics covered: · Brexit and contractual implications. · ESG considerations. · U.K…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump labor and employment partner Richard Rabin and associate Grace O’Donnell discuss what you need to know about coronavirus’ impact on the workplace and employees. Among the topics covered: · Business/personal travel and quarantine. · Sick leave obligations and state/federal laws. · COVID-19 testing and the workplace. · Remo…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump litigation partner Mark Dawkins and senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev return to the studio to discuss U.K. dispute resolution in the wake of that country’s departure from the EU. Among the topics covered: · What has changed post-Brexit? · What is expected for the transition period before January 1, 2021? · Practical steps an…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump health care and life sciences senior counsel Taylor Jones and public law and policy senior policy adviser Julie Nolan discuss draft legislation currently on Capitol Hill focusing on drug pricing and surprise medical billing. Among the topics covered: What's driving legislation? Which draft bills have the most support? Wha…
 
In our second annual SCOTUS review, Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice co-head Pratik Shah analyzes the Court’s previous Term and previews the new Term. Among the topics covered: • SCOTUS decisions on census citizenship and gerrymandering. • How Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch voted. • New hot-button cases: gun rights, DACA, transgender …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump health care and life sciences counsel Taylor Jones and Matt Wetzel discuss the Justice Department’s recent guidance on evaluation of corporate compliance programs. Among the topics covered: · Incorporating the guidance into risk assessment. · Its impact on the health care sector. · What it may reveal about DOJ compliance …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump litigation partner Mark Dawkins and senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev discuss Brexit and its possible impact on international dispute resolution in the U.K. Among the topics covered: · Brexit state of play · international business and the English judicial system · governing law of contracts post-Brexit · court judgements pos…
 
In this episode, demonstrating solutions in fund formation and negotiation, Akin Gump investment management lawyers Jim Deeken and Gechi Tesic perform a mock negotiation between a private equity firm and a pension fund considering an investment in a successor fund. Among the topics covered: management fees and zombie funds side letters distribution…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump health care and life sciences partner Howard Sklamberg discusses the history and status of cannabis regulation and enforcement in the U.S., particularly of cannabidiol, or CBD. Among the topics covered: THC vs. CBD, hemp vs. marijuana CBD and the Controlled Substances Act CBD: supplement, food additive or drug? FDA regula…
 
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