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AmeriLife Expands Wealth Distribution Portfolio with Acquisition of WerksGroup

AmeriLife

AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities, and retirement planning solutions, announced today a strategic partnership with WerksGroup, LLC and its primary business line, MyFedRetirementWerks, helping Federal Employees optimize their retirement and benefit options. This partnership will enhance the retirement and life insurance guidance available to federal employees, offering a more comprehensive range of solutions to help them achieve their long-term financial goals. Per the agreement, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Our company began with a simple phrase: ‘One big purpose,’” said Richard and Karen Wolfe, principals of WerksGroup, LLC. “We believe that financial guidance is more than just selling products. It is the pursuit of helping clients create and implement a plan to achieve their long-term life goals. Partnering with AmeriLife strengthens that mission, broadens our reach, and merges our core values seamlessly.” With over 60 years of combined retirement planning and life insurance expertise, WerksGroup, LLC has built its business on the idea that relationships are more important than sales. As such, the company has focused on nurturing a client base of those who serve the American people, including employees of the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Central Intelligence Agency, and various other federal agencies and departments. “Our success and this partnership would not have been possible without the dedication of our management team and minority partners, Patrick Shehan from our sales division in the postal and federal market, and Mark Ross, who was critical in expanding our annuity market. Their contributions were exemplary in bringing our vision to fruition and building WerksGroup into a great organization,” added Richard and Karen. As part of AmeriLife Wealth Group, WerksGroup will gain access to a best-in-class platform that delivers efficiency, value, and access to diverse resources and services to increase their productivity and grow their bottom line. “We are immensely impressed with Richard and Karen and their dedication and expertise while growing WerksGroup,” said AmeriLife Chief Distribution Officer of Wealth Distribution Mike Vietri. “Their exceptional work in the life insurance and annuity sectors has played a pivotal role in ensuring the retirement comfort of their federal employee clients. We are excited to integrate their strengths into our portfolio and continue building on their success.” About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities, and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For over 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents, financial professionals, and over 100 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. About WerksGroup, LLC Founded on a simple yet profound principle, WerksGroup, LLC is committed to assisting clients nationwide in preparing for their immediate needs and future aspirations. With over 60 years of combined expertise in retirement and life insurance, our team understands that trustworthy financial guidance involves more than just offering products—it requires a deep, comprehensive understanding of each client's financial, familial, and estate planning goals. Contact Details Media Inquiries Jeff Maldonado media@amerilife.com Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols corporatedevelopment@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

July 01, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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US-China Legal Experts Jiangsu Junjin Law Firm Celebrates Their Tenth Chinese Client Successfully Listing On The US Stock Market

Benzinga

By Kimberly Adams As the global economic landscape shifts, Chinese companies are increasingly seeking to go public on prestigious US exchanges such as Nasdaq and NYSE. In this burgeoning market, one law firm stands out as one of the most active firms in the space: Jiangsu Junjin Law Firm. Over the past 12 months, Jiangsu Junjin has been the law firm of record, completing the necessary filings with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and other complex international legal work, for ten Chinese IPOs. The Surge in Chinese IPOs The Chinese IPO market is experiencing significant growth, driven by companies across various sectors aiming to tap into the deep pools of capital available in the US. In 2023 alone, Chinese companies raised billions of dollars through IPOs on US exchanges. This trend is expected to continue as more firms recognize the benefits of listing in the US, including greater access to investment capital, enhanced corporate visibility, and the prestige associated with being listed on globally recognized exchanges. Statistics reveal the momentum: in 2023, the number of Chinese companies listing in the US increased by 20% compared to the previous year. This surge is fueled by the dynamic growth in sectors such as technology, electric vehicles (EVs), and retail. These industries are at the forefront of innovation, attracting significant investor interest and driving up the demand for expert legal guidance to navigate the complexities of US-China integrated securities regulations. Growing Complexity of US Listings for Asian Companies Listing on US exchanges has become increasingly complex for Asian companies, particularly Chinese firms, due to evolving regulatory requirements and geopolitical considerations. According to NYSE's Kobe Ge, Head of China, the process is "getting complicated despite growing interest." This underscores the importance of working with market-vetted professionals who understand the nuances of both Chinese and US regulatory environments. The complexities involve stringent compliance requirements, frequent updates to disclosure regulations, and heightened scrutiny of financial practices. Additionally, there are challenges related to geopolitical tensions and the need for greater transparency to satisfy US investors and regulators. Jiangsu Junjin Law Firm: The Industry Leader Jiangsu Junjin Law Firm has firmly established itself as the go-to firm for Chinese companies looking to list in the US. Their impressive track record includes assisting ten Chinese companies in completing the necessary filings with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and subsequently listing on US exchanges. This accomplishment represents approximately 15% of the Chinese market share since the effectiveness of Trial Administrative Measures of Overseas Securities Offering and Listing by Domestic Companies on March 31, 2023, underscoring their pivotal role in this domain. Recent Success Stories Among the firms that Jiangsu Junjin has assisted are: Global Mofy Metaverse Limited (GMM): Listed on Nasdaq in October 2023. Mingteng International Corporation Inc. (MTEN): Listed on Nasdaq in April 2024. U-BX Technology Ltd. (UBXG): Listed on Nasdaq in March 2024. Longquan Haoma AI Driver Training Technology Holding Co. Ltd.: Completed the CSRC filing on January 9, 2024. Wing Yip Food Holdings Group Limited (WYHG): Completed the CSRC filing on February 6, 2024. Huachen AI Parking Management Technology Holding Co. Ltd. (HCAI ): Completed the CSRC filing on February 6, 2024. Skycorp Solar Group Limited (PN): Completed the CSRC filing on April 2, 2024. HUHUTECH International Group Inc. (HUHU ): Completed the CSRC filing on April 22, 2024. Li Bang International Corporation Inc. (LBGJ): Completed the CSRC filing on April 22, 2024. Park Ha Biological Technology Co. Ltd. (PHH ): Completed the CSRC filing on June 1, 2024. These successful listings highlight Jiangsu Junjin’s expertise in guiding companies through the complex IPO process, ensuring compliance with both Chinese and US regulations, and achieving successful market entry. Comprehensive Legal Services Jiangsu Junjin Law Firm offers a comprehensive suite of legal services tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Their offerings include: Corporate Structure Design: Advising on the optimal legal and corporate structures to facilitate a successful IPO. Compliance Review: Ensuring adherence to all regulatory requirements in both China and the US. Document Drafting and Review: Assisting in the preparation and meticulous review of all necessary IPO documentation. Listing Financing: Providing strategic advice on securing financing for the listing process. The firm’s lawyers are well-versed in both Chinese and US securities laws, allowing them to provide a full range of support throughout the IPO process. This dual expertise is a significant advantage for clients, enabling seamless navigation of regulatory landscapes and maximizing the likelihood of a successful listing. Innovation Across Sectors Jiangsu Junjin’s impact spans various high-growth sectors, including technology, EVs, and retail. These industries are characterized by rapid innovation and a strong demand for capital to fuel expansion. Jiangsu Junjin’s ability to tailor its legal services to the specific needs of these sectors makes it an invaluable partner for companies aiming to go public. Technology Sector: The technology sector, in particular, has seen a flurry of IPO activity. Companies in this space are leveraging advancements in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and other cutting-edge technologies to drive growth. Jiangsu Junjin’s deep understanding of the tech industry and its regulatory environment enables it to provide targeted legal solutions that address the unique challenges faced by tech firms. Electric Vehicles (EVs): The EV sector is another area where Jiangsu Junjin has made significant inroads. As the world shifts towards sustainable transportation, Chinese EV manufacturers are looking to raise capital in the US to fund research and development, expand production capacities, and capture a larger share of the global market. Jiangsu Junjin’s expertise in this field ensures that EV companies can navigate the IPO process smoothly and effectively. Retail & Consumer: In the retail sector, Chinese companies are seeking to capitalize on their growing domestic success by listing in the US. Jiangsu Junjin assists these companies in meeting the stringent regulatory requirements and positioning themselves for successful market entries. Why Choose Jiangsu Junjin Law Firm? Jiangsu Junjin’s success is built on a foundation of client-centric service, industry expertise, and a commitment to excellence. Their team of highly qualified lawyers, many of whom who have overseas education backgrounds, provide unparalleled support to their clients. By choosing Jiangsu Junjin, companies can be confident in receiving the highest quality legal services tailored to their specific needs. Conclusion As the Chinese IPO market continues to heat up, Jiangsu Junjin Law Firm remains the industry leader in providing sophisticated securities legal work. Their proven track record, comprehensive services, and sector-specific expertise make them the ideal partner for any Chinese company looking to go public in the US. For firms aiming to achieve successful listings on Nasdaq and NYSE, Jiangsu Junjin Law Firm is the clear choice. For further legal-related questions or how to access US capital markets please contact Jiangsu Junjin Law at dandan.tao@junjin-lawyer.com or xiaolin.yi@junjin-lawyer. com or call 0118641083553777 Featured image sourced from Shutterstock Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post was authored by an external contributor and does not represent Benzinga’s opinions and has not been edited for content. This contains sponsored content and is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

June 28, 2024 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Flash Appoints Chris Donus as President

Flash Parking

Flash, the leading end-to-end parking technology platform, today announced that Chris Donus, the current CFO, has been appointed president of the organization. In the newly established role, Donus will expand his focus on day-to-day operations, working closely with the leadership team to execute transformative strategies that include the expansion of Flash’s burgeoning digital demand network, EV charging and parking platform scale, and driving the company’s regionalized branch organization to deliver unmatched partner experiences. Dan Sharplin will continue in his role as Chairman and CEO, focusing on international growth, strategic transactions, and ecosystem partnerships. “This promotion reflects Chris’s exceptional leadership and expertise at this time of tremendous momentum for Flash as we rapidly scale our industry-leading parking and EV charging digital ecosystem," said Flash CEO Dan Sharplin. “In the next 24 months, we anticipate more transformation in the parking industry than we’ve seen in several decades prior. Chris has the relevant experience to ensure we execute on our priorities that allow us to drive this industry transformation.” “We are building a parking and EV charging ecosystem where a seamless driver experience benefits everyone,” said Donus. “There is an incredible amount of innovation and hard work being done across Flash to build the platform and partnerships that further our position as the leader in parking and EV Charging technology. I look forward to ensuring the value we create is incomparable in my role as President of Flash.” Before Flash, Donus served as COO and CFO at Wheel Health, a venture-backed telehealth platform developer designed to connect companies and clinicians to deliver virtual care. He also served in senior leadership roles at Lyft as VP and Business Unit leader of Express Drive, the customer-facing fleet line of business, generating over $400 million in rental revenue and over $2 billion in Lyft rides. Prior to that, he was president of Silvercar from 2015 to 2018 alongside roles as COO, from 2017 to 2018, and CFO from 2012 to 2015. He has also served in leadership roles at Freescale Semiconductor, Hertz Global Holding, and Lucent Technologies. About Flash Flash is a pioneering technology company bringing seamless parking and EV charging experiences to drivers through a first-of-its-kind digital ecosystem. Flash’s platform connects reservable parking and charging in the apps drivers use every day with garage, surface lot, event, and valet parking locations—connected and controlled via a cloud-based operating system with unrivaled intelligence. Customer-obsessed brands partner with Flash to deliver digital, easy-to-use, reliable, and increasingly frictionless experiences to drivers eager to pay for a solution that eliminates wasted time, excess emissions, and stress. The solution has arrived. Contact Details Razor Sharp PR Ray Young +1 512-694-6097 ray@razorsharppr.com Company Website https://www.flashparking.com/

June 27, 2024 10:00 AM Central Daylight Time

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American Paper Plate Coalition Welcomes Preliminary Duties on Imports from China and Vietnam

American Paper Plate Coalition

Today, the U. S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its preliminary determination that the governments of China and Vietnam unfairly subsidize their paper plate industries, and the resulting duties on imports from each country: up to 313.14 percent on imports from China and up to 237.65 percent on imports from Vietnam. The American Paper Plate Coalition ("APPC") representing the majority of imports of Amercan paper pllate production, welcomes the decision to impose duties. "The unlawful subsidies received by Chinese and Vietnamese producers have given them an unfair advantage in the U.S. market - this has haad a direct negative impact on American producerrs and employees," said William P. Biggens, Jr., President and Co-Owner of APPC member Aspen Products, Inc. "Imposing duties to offset unlawful subsidies is an important first step to ensuring the future health of our industry. We are encouraged that Commerce has taken prelininary action to restore a level playing field." Today’s announcements address petitions filed by the APPC in January, detailing unfair trade practices to sell unlawfully subsidized paper plates at less than fair value. Commerce began investigating the AD and CVD claims in February. The countervailing duty investigations concerning imports from China and Vietnam are ongoing and may lead to higher final CVD rates. Final determinations in the China and Vietnam CVD investigations are expected in early November 2024. Preliminary determinations in the companion AD investigations of imports from China, Vietnam, and Thailand are due August 22, 2024. “Today’s announcement and the high duties being imposed validate the analysis we presented when we filed these cases and the extent of the problem that drove us to file in the first place,” said Robert Epstein, President and CEO of APPC member AJM Packaging Corporation. “We appreciate the Commerce Department’s hard work and diligent efforts to administer our trade laws as Congress intended.” For more on the petitions, see the APPC’s press release. For more on the ITC’s investigation, see the Commission’s press release. For more on the DOC’s investigation, see the agency’s press release. About the American Paper Plate Coalition The American Paper Plate Coalition, representing the leading U.S. producers of paper plates, is comprised of AJM Packaging Corporation of Bloomfield Hills, MI; Aspen Products, Inc. of Kansas City, MO; Dart Container Corporation of Mason, MI; Hoffmaster Group, Inc. of Oshkosh, WI; Huhtamaki, Inc., of De Soto, KS; and Unique Industries, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA. For more information, visit https://www.ajmpack.com/, https://www.aspenpro.com/, https://www.dartcontainer.com/, https://www.hoffmaster.com/, https://www.huhtamaki.com/en-us/north-america/, and https://www.favors.com/ The American Paper Plate Coalition is represented by Adam H. Gordon of The Bristol Group PLLC, a Washington, DC international trade law firm committed to defending American industry, agriculture, and manufacturing jobs. Contact Details Elizabeth Posthumus +1 202-445-9858 elizabeth@eahstrategiesllc.com

June 26, 2024 12:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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U.S. Commerce Department Imposes Heavy Preliminary Duties on All Imports of Russian Ferrosilicon

U.S. Ferrosilicon Producers

The U.S. Commerce Department (“Commerce”) today announced preliminarily antidumping duties (“AD”) of 283.27 percent and countervailing duties (“CVD”) of 748.58 percent on all imports of ferrosilicon from Russia. Commerce’s determination is in response to petitions filed by U.S. ferrosilicon producers, CC Metals and Alloys, LLC (“CC Metals”) and Ferroglobe USA, Inc. (“Ferroglobe”), requesting eight AD and CVD investigations into unfairly priced and subsidized imports of ferrosilicon from Russia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and Brazil. All eight investigations were initiated on April 17, 2024. The significant duties announced today on Russian ferrosilicon imports address unfair pricing of Russian imports and improper subsidies received by Russian producers and exporters. CC Metals and Ferroglobe welcomed Commerce’s announcement. “Today’s announcement confirms that Russian producers and exporters received massive government subsidies that have allowed them to flood the U.S. market with unfairly traded ferrosilicon imports. This allowed Russia to be the dominant import source, accounting for over 30% of all imports in 2023,” said Marco Levi, Chief Executive Officer of Ferroglobe PLC. “These preliminary duties begin the process of removing the market and price distortions caused by improper Russian government intervention and support.” “Commerce’s decision validates our analysis that Russian producers and exporters have not been playing by the rules of international trade that they agreed to follow,” said Chris Cobb, Plant Manager of CC Metals and Alloys, Inc. “We are grateful to Commerce staff for its hard work and commitment to enforcing U.S. trade laws and ensuring that everyone complies with their international obligations. We look forward to seeing a level playing field restored.” Once Commerce’s determination is published in the Federal Register in the coming days, all importers of Russian ferrosilicon will be required to post cash deposits or a bond to secure the significant potential duties they may owe. Commerce also is continuing its investigations of imports from Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and Brazil. In those investigations, preliminary CVD determinations will be made no later than August 12, 2024, and AD determinations will be made no later than October 24, 2024. If the determinations in those cases are also affirmative, provisional duties on imports from Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and Brazil will be collected based on the preliminary margins calculated by Commerce. About the CC Metals and Ferroglobe CC Metals traces its roots back to 1949, when it was founded as a producer of large-volume commodity ferroalloys for the steel industry in Calvert City, Kentucky. Today CC Metals is an ISO 9001 certified leading manufacturer of more than 40 different products including 18 different ferrosilicons and more than 20 different magnesium ferrosilicon inoculants, high purity, 3%-9% magnesium and proprietary alloys. CC Metals ships over 100,000 metric tons of finished product annually from its manufacturing facility in Calvert City, KY via barge, rail and truck. Ferroglobe USA, Inc. is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Ferroglobe PLC, a world leading producer of silicon metal and ferroalloys, serving a customer base across the globe in dynamic and fast-growing end markets, such as solar, automotive, consumer products, construction and energy. Through its subsidiaries, Ferroglobe operates metallurgical manufacturing facilities and mining sites in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, and West Virginia. For more information, visit https://www.ccmetals.com/ and https://www.ferroglobe.com/. Contact Details Elizabeth Heaton +1 202-445-9858 elizabeth@eahstrategiesllc.com

June 24, 2024 05:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Scholarship Examines How Changing Generations Affects U.S. Politics

University of Michigan Press

As we approach another presidential election, attention will return to polls and how we can expect voting to vary by generation. Already New York Times articles in 2024 have featured the headlines “Young Voters Have an Entirely Different Concept of Politics” and “Prospect of a Rematch of Biden-Trump Causes Young Voters to Retreat.” Our pop culture often assumes that different generations have different political leanings and beliefs—that the Silent Generation is all Republican, white, and conservative, or that Millennials are liberal and diverse—but are these assumptions true? The University of Michigan Press is publishing a book that explores this very question: Generational Politics in the United States: From the Silents to Gen Z and Beyond edited by Sally Friedman & David Schultz. Generational Politics in the United States From the Silents to Gen Z and Beyond Edited by Sally Friedman & David Schultz Publication Date: June 18, 2024 Cloth ISBN 978-0-472-07676-5 | $90.00 Paper ISBN 978-0-472-05676-7 | $44.95 Open Access ISBN 978-0-472-90444-0 454 pages, 62 figures, 38 tables, 6x9” Distributor: Chicago Distribution Center press.umich.edu/Books/G/Generational-Politics-in-the-United-States2 "What's in a generation? How do we know when a new one begins, while an old one ends? Going beyond public opinion to also explore how generations manifest themselves within elite behavior, this book is bound to be a cornerstone in the study of generational politics and political socialization, shaping the discourse for years to come." — Elias Dinas, European University Institute This is the first comprehensive book that examines the concept of generations from a political science perspective. It brings together chapters from an array of political science scholars that will give readers insight into the role of generations in American politics, how generations relate to other variables such as age, race, gender, and socioeconomic status, how politics in the United States are impacted by changes in generations, and how the passing of the Baby Boom generation and rise of the Millennials and Gen Z will change American politics. This book is part of the University of Michigan Press's "Dialogues in Democracy" collection, which invites all readers to find books that contextualize their experiences of voting in America. To make sure all interested readers have an opportunity to engage with this scholarship, the book will be published open access and will be immediately available free-to-read online. The University of Michigan Press is a vital component of UM Library's Publishing division, which is the primary academic publishing division of the University. In partnership with authors and series editors, they publish in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines. They champion the library's dedication to helping all learners, researchers, and creators to succeed through global digital and print publishing and distribution programs. The Press, with a rich history of publishing expertise, continues to lead in the development of digital scholarship and to support the dissemination of quality knowledge as widely and freely as possible. Contact Details Press contact: Danielle Coty-Fattal - Publicity Manager dcoty@umich.edu Interview Contacts: David Schultz +1 612-396-8043 dschultz@hamline.edu Sally Friedman sfriedman2@albany.edu

June 17, 2024 11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NOVUS INK Advisors and Solidus Capital Group Team-up to Serve Growing Transatlantic Commercial Interests of Mid-Market Enterprises

NOVUS INK Advisors

NOVUS INK Advisors and Solidus Capital Group signed a services agreement today to provide integrated senior advisory and execution services to small-and mid-market enterprises amid thriving commercial interests between the United States and Europe. The two firms aim to accelerate client services by combining expertise and resources to support growth into new markets, encompassing management counsel, valuation, performance tracking, board advisory, marketing, communication, public and government affairs. The collaboration will enable NOVUS INK Advisors and Solidus Capital Group to meet the unique needs of global small-and mid-market enterprise clients operating across business-to-consumer, business-to-business, and business-to-government segments. The transatlantic economy is proving remarkably robust in the face of global economic and geopolitical disruptions. No two other regions in the world are as deeply integrated as the United States and Europe, according to the 2024 Transatlantic Economy Report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AmCham EU, Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Transatlantic Leadership Network. The report states: "the $8.7 trillion transatlantic economy employs more than 16 million workers in mutually onshored jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. It is the largest and wealthiest market in the world, accounting for half of total global personal consumption and close to one-third of world GDP in purchasing power. Ties are solid in foreign direct investment, portfolio investment, banking claims, trade and affiliate sales in goods and services, digital links, energy, mutual R&D investment, patent cooperation, technology flows, and sales of knowledge-intensive services." The services agreement will be overseen by a committee chaired by Pia De Lima and Daniel Diaz, NOVUS INK Advisors' Managing Partners, and Andreas Dal Santo, Solidus Capital Group's Managing Director. NOVUS INK Advisors is based in Miami. Solidus Capital Group, affiliated with Atlantic Business Labs, is based in New York. NOVUS INK Advisors is a communication, public and government affairs lobbying firm. NOVUS INK Advisors' practice areas include Corporate, Band and Product Reputation, Business Strategy, Crisis and Reputation Risk, Financial Services, Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Brand and Product Marketing Communications Strategy, and Public and Government Affairs. NOVUS INK Advisors is a registered lobbying firm. To learn more, visit: www.NovusInk.com. Solidus Capital Group specializes in management consulting, business valuation, and board advisory services for firms expanding into North America, Latin America, and Europe. It is spearheading an ecosystem of companies, consultants, and subject matter experts with experience from different industries and regions to support corporate and institutional clients' global strategies and growth into new markets. To learn more, visit www.solidus-capital.com. CONTACTS: NOVUS INK Advisors: client.services@NovusInk.com Solidus Capital Group: client.services@Solidus-Capital.com Contact Details NOVUS INK Advisors Client Services client.services@NovusInk.com Company Website https://www.novusink.com/about

June 11, 2024 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Two elite firms with a combined “Of Counsel” relationship will offer innovative, diverse services throughout an expanded geographical footprint.

Mintz & Gold LLP and SLC Law

Mintz & Gold LLP, an accomplished firm with a strong presence across New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and beyond and SLC Law, a leading legal presence in Europe, with offices in the Florence area, Milan and London, today announced the formation of an Of Counsel relationship. This arrangement between Steven Mintz Esq. and Steven Gold Esq., founders of Mintz & Gold LLP, and Simone Calzolai, Esq., founder and principal of SLC Law is effective as of June 14, 2024 June and will represent a powerhouse in the U.S. and European legal industry. Mintz & Gold and SLC Law are each leading law firms in their respective regions and offer complementary services. Together, they will have an expanded geographical footprint in both the U.S. and Europe, accelerating the growth of both firms. The relationship will reinforce and improve each firm’s ability to meet and exceed clients’ needs and support them as they navigate increasingly complex legal and regulatory environments. The synergies between the two law firms will benefit clients of both firms through a significantly increased knowledge base and expanded service areas. Mintz & Gold services its clients in the New York metropolitan area and across the United States from its office at 600 Third Avenue in Manhattan SLC Law serves clients throughout Italy, Great Britain and Wales, Switzerland and across Europe. The firm has offices in the Florence area, Milan, and London. Mintz & Gold and SLC Law will continue to operate as separate, independent entities and both firms are committed to ensuring clients continue to receive high-quality, focused services as they engage in this new Of Counsel relationship. Steve Mintz said: “This is an exciting move and demonstrates our dedication to our clients who will benefit from a European Of Counsel relationship designated to cover the legal needs of our clients in Europe. Both firms have a long history of excellence, client-driven growth in our respective markets and are well-aligned culturally and with many of the same practice areas. This relationship will enable us to extend our reach to provide even more diverse and innovative services and capabilities over a larger geographic footprint.” Simone Calzolai said: “We are excited by this strategic opportunity to combine the strengths of our two firms through the mutual Of Counsel Relationship, expanding our geographic reach, broadening the scope of our services, and deepening our bench of experienced attorneys to offer a more comprehensive suite of legal services to our clients in the U.S.” About Mintz & Gold In 1993, Steven Mintz and Steven Gold formed Mintz & Gold LLP, with the goal of delivering the highest caliber of legal representation. While the firm has grown in size and breadth of practice, it stays true to its original mission. As the firm enters its third decade of continuous service to its clients, it has become more regional in focus and provides service to clients located throughout the United States. Mintz & Gold is now approximately 50 lawyers who service the New York Tri-State area and beyond. Mintz & Gold is an exclusive member firm with many attorneys selected to Superlawyer List 2009-2024 For more information, go to https://mintzandgold.com/ About SLC Law SLC Law is a firm with full-service capabilities established in 1998, with a deeply rooted culture of collaboration, excellence and inclusion. With offices throughout Italy and Great Britain, serving local, regional, national and international clients, including public and private companies, institutions, government entities, tax-exempt organizations and individuals. SLC Law is focused on its clients’ business goals and strategic objectives. The firm’s core practice areas include Civil Law, Tax Law, Energy Law, Insurance Law, International Law, Sports Law, Criminal Law of Companies and bankruptcy Law Commercial and Corporate law, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Law. SLC Law is a certified Sole 24 Ore Partner Italy and has been selected by IAE as “Civil Lawyer of the year in Italy” in 2022 and by Corporate INTL as “Global Award Winner 2023” as Business Litigation Lawyer of the year in Italy. SLC Law’s founder, Simone Calzolai, Esq., is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and has been appointed as Teaching Fellow at the University of Florence School of Law, Department of Administrative and Sport Law. He is licensed to practice at all Courts of Europe and also in the U.K. and Wales, as a registered lawyer by SRA-Solicitors Regulation Authority holding the position of Senior Partner in Ascheri Nelson LLP, a prominent law firm in London. For more information, go to https://www.slclaw.eu/en/ Contact Details Mintz & Gold +1 212-696-4848 reception@mintzandgold.com SLC Law +39 0574 182 6341 segreteria@slclaw.eu

June 11, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Comcast Announces Live American Sign Language Interpreting Services at Eight Bay Area Xfinity Store Locations

Comcast California

As part of its ongoing commitment to digital inclusion and accessibility, Comcast today announced the availability of live American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services at eight Xfinity Store Locations in the Greater Bay Area. Customers who need ASL support can stop into any of the select Bay Area Xfinity Stores, where representatives will utilize ASL Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) to access a live interpreter provided by partner, Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD). The Retail Associate simply taps the app on the store iPad and is connected in moments via video to a live interpreter who can translate from ASL to English and vice versa as the customer and Associate converse. “We’re proud to deliver an inclusive service solution that will help more customers better interact and engage with Retail Associates representing our Xfinity Products and Services, to provide them with a much better in-store experience,” said Thomas Wlodkowski, Comcast Vice President for Accessibility. “I’m also grateful to our partners in California — who are helping to close the digital divide for more members of our disabled community by working with us on a variety of digital equity initiatives.” Comcast launched the ASL VRI service as a pilot in select stores last year; it is the first telecommunications retailer in the country to offer live, on-demand, remote ASL interpreting services in stores to better serve customers. The company is expanding the service to additional stores across the country this year. The eight Xfinity Greater Bay Area stores that offer ASL VRI service include: San Jose: 1068 E. Brokaw Rd. # 50, San Jose, CA 95131 Sunnyvale: 301 W. McKinley Ave. Suite 140, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 San Jose: 1566 Monterey Hwy #20, San Jose, CA 95110 San Jose: 1600 Saratoga Ave., San Jose, CA 95129 Palo Alto: 2825 El Camino Real #100, Palo Alto, CA 94306 Fremont: 43325 Christy St., Fremont, CA 94538 Oakland: 3070 E. 9 th St., Oakland, CA 94601 Dublin: 4104 Grafton St., Dublin, CA 94568 “As part of California School for the Deaf’s mission, we are deeply committed to providing a language rich environment that maximizes communication access in order for our students to lead fulfilling lives,” said Amy Novotny, Superintendent, California School for the Deaf. “Access to technology and connectivity builds confidence and independence, and that’s why we are excited to partner with Comcast on opportunities to close the digital divide for members of our Deaf and hard of hearing community.” The American Community Survey (ACS) estimates that 3.6% of the U.S. population is “deaf or have serious difficulty hearing.” Additionally, according to Pew Research Center, 23% of people with disabilities say they never go online, with 57% saying they do not have a home broadband connection. That’s why, through its Project UP initiative, Comcast is working to address and eliminate the unique barriers to connectivity through a series of efforts, including Internet Essentials, Lift Zones, and skill development and training. In addition to announcing this inclusive retail experience for customers, Comcast donated $60,000 in digital equity grants to community partners, San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, California School for the Deaf, and the World Institute on Disability. These grants aim to broaden the scope of digital inclusion and accessibility to students, families, seniors, and community members. “Assistive technologies are opening doors to greater independence for folks with a range of disabilities,” said Sharon Giovinazzo Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco LightHouse of the Blind and Visually Impaired. “These innovations truly can level the playing field. Comcast has been a valued partner in delivering technologies and supporting our efforts to promote independence, community, and equity for blind and low vision people.” “Diversity, equity and inclusion are the guiding stars of what we do here at the World Institute on Disability, and it is gratifying to see partners, such as Comcast, who also believe that equity and accessibility go hand-in-hand,” said Marcie Roth, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, World Institute on Disability. “Technology continues to evolve rapidly, and we must continue to work together to invest in solutions, which will help support people with disabilities having equal and greater access to products and services in today’s world as well as laying the foundation for greater accessibility for future generations.” About Comcast’s Accessibility Program: For more than a decade, Comcast has invested in making its products, technology, and experiences accessible to the widest possible audience while opening new doors to independence for people with disabilities. These innovations include the Large Button Voice Remote, voted USA Today’s Best Accessible Design remote in 2023, and the Xfinity Adaptive Web Remote. To learn more about Comcast’s groundbreaking accessibility work, visit corporate.comcast.com/accessibility. About Comcast Corporation: Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms, we provide, to the content and experiences we create, our businesses reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. We deliver world-class broadband, wireless, and video through Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky; produce, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through brands including NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky; and bring incredible theme parks and attractions to life through Universal Destinations & Experiences. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Comcast Calfornia Jon Koriel +1 925-315-2690 jon_koriel@comcast.com Company Website https://california.comcast.com/

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