Inside Business Law

Focus on the Middle Market and Small Business Committee

The mission of the Middle Market and Small Business Committee is to serve corporate and transactional lawyers who counsel small and mid-sized enterprises controlled by families, entrepreneurs, PEGs or VC firms, and smaller publicly-held companies. The committee provides a forum for sharing information, delivering continuing legal education, and addressing the practical issues of counseling small and mid-sized clients and focuses on the entire business "life cycle" of our clients.

The committee's quarterly newsletter, Business Visions, was published right before the Business Law Section's Spring Meeting from April 4th to 6th in Washington, D.C., and offers great insight into the topics discussed at the meeting. Please note that contents of the meeting are available online.

The newsletter highlights the following two articles:

Consumer Financial Services Committee

The Consumer Financial Services Committee's Winter newsletter gives a great overview of the resources and programs provided by the committee. With the Spring Meeting several weeks behind us, the newsletter puts the spotlight on the Federal and State Trade Practices Subcommittee and the Truth in Lending Subcommittee, and provides a recap of the Winter Meeting.

Corporate Counsel Committee

The Corporate Counsel Committee's March newsletter provides an overview of the events of the Spring Meeting and features three articles:

  • "Distribution in China" by Frank Schoneveld;
  • "A Guide to Contract Interpretation" by Vincent R. Martorana and Michael K. Zitelli; and
  • "Guidance on the Guidance: What the SEC and DOJ Resource Guide to the FCPA Means for Multi-National Companies" by Aaron G. Murphy and Matthew L. Kutcher.

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Question: On April 13, 2010, Maryland became the first state to recognize benefit corporations (or B-corps, as they are colloquially known) with the adoption of the Maryland Benefit Corporation Act (Maryland Corporations and Associations Article §§ 5-6C-01 through -08). The Maryland Benefit Corporation Act was sponsored by a member of the American Bar Association. Can you name him?

Please see Inside Business Law for the answer to this month’s Business Law Section Trivia Question.

The August issue of BLT will focus on an important issue in business law practice: diversity. Other feature articles focus on an array of topics: the Yates Memo, protecting your brand in a complicated Internet landscape, and immigration law compliance. This BLT issue contains much more business law content—don’t miss it!

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