Practical Law The Journal is the award-winning magazine companion to Practical Law, covering a wide range of transactional, regulatory, and litigation topics. It publishes monthly in a digital-only format hosted on Legal Current reached out to the Practical Law The Journal team to discuss what readers can look forward to in the August issue.

What emerging issues and developments can readers learn about in the new issue?

Our August issue provides expert guidance on an array of trending topics, including protecting intellectual property rights in the metaverse, performing a properly designed pay equity audit, and understanding local government’s role in helping their communities fight climate change.

In-house attorneys should also be sure to review this month’s Governance Counselor column, in which Holly Gregory of Sidley Austin LLP explores the implications of artificial intelligence on corporate strategy and risk, stakeholder relationships, and compliance that require the attention of boards of directors and their advisors.

Does the August issue have a particular theme or focus?

This issue includes a suite of resources for M&A practitioners. We are excited to announce Practical Law’s new partnership with the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, which integrates market trends information from the Business Law Section M&A Committee’s signature Private Target M&A Deal Points Study into Practical Law resources. This enhanced content brings together the power of Practical Law’s legal drafting know-how with the industry-leading and latest market trends information.

Readers can learn more about this partnership in our Q&A with Jessica Pearlman of K&L Gates LLP and Tatjana Paterno of Bass Berry & Sims PLC, co-chairs of the Private Target M&A Deal Points Study. We also provide a companion model clause for an earn-out with EBITDA targets that includes integrated market trends information and explanatory notes and tips.

Additionally, this issue details strategies for drafting and negotiating reverse break-up fees and specific performance provisions to address the possibility that a buyer will fail to close an acquisition, examines the use of representation and warranty insurance in private acquisition transactions, and highlights key takeaways from the draft revised merger guidelines recently released by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ and the FTC.

The Journal also profiles leaders across the legal industry. Whom did you interview this month?

Among others, we spoke with Sneha Desai, chief legal counsel of Global Litigation & Employment at Stryker, about the steps Stryker’s legal and compliance department is taking to prioritize DEI and how the company’s in-house litigators work to mitigate risk and resolve issues before they escalate into litigation.

How can readers access The Journal?

Readers can enjoy free access to The Journal on To view the content, they simply sign in to their Reuters account or, if they don’t have an account, they can register here. To be notified when new monthly issues of The Journal are published and get highlights delivered straight to their inbox, readers can also opt into our newsletter here.


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