Brian Burke

Brian Burke

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Second Circuit Determines That Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected Under the Common Interest Doctrine and...

On November 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held in a published opinion that (i) the attorney-client privilege was not waived by appellants-taxpayers who shared a group of documents,...more

11/13/2015 - Audits Common-Interest Privilege Corporate Taxes IRS Work Product Privilege

Iran Sanctions Relief: Opportunities and Challenges for US and EU Financial Institutions

Although US and EU sanctions targeting Iran are not likely to be lifted before early 2016, there are a number of issues which US and EU-based financial institutions should be aware of in preparation for sanctions relief as a...more

9/28/2015 - Banking Sector EU Financial Institutions Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) OFAC P5+1 Nations SDN List

Latin America Corruption: Keep Calm, Carry On?

Recently, governmental authorities have pursued corruption investigations in Latin America with a vigor traditionally not seen. One potential result is a significant disruption of business. While there are inherent risks in...more

8/12/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Complex Corporate Transactions Compliance Due Diligence Enforcement Actions FCPA Government Investigations Joint Venture Latin America Lockheed Martin Nokia Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation Siemens

Sanctions Round Up: Second Quarter 2015

After almost two years of negotiations, the P5+1 and Iran reach a final comprehensive agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which will likely result in the gradual lifting of international and US sanctions by early next...more

8/4/2015 - Cuba Enforcement Actions IAEA Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Weapons OFAC P5+1 Nations Sanctions State Sponsors of Terrorism

Looking Forward to Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran

After almost two years of negotiations, on July 14, 2015, the E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) and Iran reached an agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The Joint...more

7/16/2015 - Banking Sector Energy Sector Foreign Relations IAEA Inspections Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power P5+1 Nations SDN List Trade Relations

Changes to Sanctions on Iran

What are the prospects for business with Iran after the June 30 deadline to complete negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program? In exchange for limitations on Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons, the European Union...more

6/18/2015 - EU Foreign Relations Iran Iran Sanctions Nuclear Power Trade Relations United Nations

FIFA and BHP Billiton: The Unique FCPA Challenges Present in International Sports

Recent enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have raised the profile of corruption in international sport and highlight unique FCPA compliance concerns. This note will explain...more

6/15/2015 - BHP Billiton Bribery Compliance Corporate Counsel Corruption DOJ FCPA FIFA Football Indictments Match Fixing Olympics Popular SEC Soccer Sports World Cup

Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

5/13/2015 - Cuba Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) EAR Economic Development Entrepreneurs Export Administration Regulations Export Controls Exports Imports Regulatory Standards Sanctions Trade Relations

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2015

In this edition: - US and EU continue targeting Russia for its activity in Ukraine - Cuba-related regulatory reforms announced - P5+1 and Iran reach framework agreement - US enforcement actions:...more

4/23/2015 - Commerzbank Cuba Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) Drug Trafficking Enforcement Actions Iran OFAC P5+1 Nations Russia Sanctions Terrorist Threats Ukraine

"Facilitation": A New Tool for Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement?

Recent OFAC and DOJ actions have focused on certain entities – overseas financial institutions – and particular conduct – US dollar clearing and associated “stripping.” The DOJ’s recent $232 million settlement and negotiated...more

4/17/2015 - Criminal Prosecution DOJ Enforcement Actions Extraterritoriality Rules Facilitation Payments FFI Internal Controls Manufacturers OFAC Sanctions Schlumberger

SEC Says Confidentiality Agreements May Impede Whistleblowers

On April 1, 2015, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) filed its first enforcement action under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) and Exchange Act Rule...more

4/3/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Contract Terms Enforcement Actions KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Supreme Court Sets Standard for Section 11 Opinion Statement Liability in Omnicare Ruling

In its much-anticipated decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (“Omnicare”), No. 13-435 (Mar. 24, 2015), the United States Supreme Court held that an honestly-held statement...more

3/27/2015 - Issue Preclusion Likelihood of Confusion Omnicare Omnicare v Laborers District Council SCOTUS Trademark Infringement Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

Securities Enforcement 2014 Year-End Review

Fiscal year 2014 proved to be another eventful and record-breaking year for the Division of Enforcement (Enforcement Division) of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission). Indeed, the...more

1/29/2015 - Broken Windows Enforcement Actions Enforcement Statistics SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US and EU continue sanctions against Russia for its activity in Ukraine; - US and EU sanctions against the Crimea region; - US makes major change in Cuban relations; - The EU...more

1/14/2015 - Crimea Cuba Drug Trafficking Enforcement Actions EU Foreign Relations OFAC Russia Sanctions Syria Trade Relations Ukraine

Gifts of Travel and Luxury Watches to Saudi Officials Not Mere 'Icing on the Cake' for FCPA Charges

Improper Gifts Alone, Without Cash Bribes, Serve as Basis for SEC’s Latest FCPA Enforcement Action - Earlier this week, the SEC announced fines for two former defense contractor employees for FCPA violations relating...more

11/21/2014 - Bribery Conditional Gifts Enforcement Actions FCPA Foreign Official Popular Saudi Arabia SEC

SEC Settlement with Layne Christensen Raises New Questions on the Government’s Understanding of the Business Nexus Element of the...

Last week the SEC settled charges against Layne Christensen for various violations of the FCPA. While a relatively unremarkable case at first glance, the SEC’s charges against Layne Christensen reflect a troubling approach by...more

11/5/2014 - Cease and Desist Orders Consent Order Construction Industry FCPA Layne Christensen Co SEC Subsidiaries

Sanctions Round-Up: Third Quarter 2014

In this issue: - The Revised OFAC 50 Percent Rule - U.S. and E.U. Sectoral Sanctions Targeting Russia - Additional U.S. Sanctions Targeting Iran - Sanctions Targeting Ongoing Conflicts in Syria,...more

10/21/2014 - Banking Sector Defense Sector Energy Sector Enforcement Actions EU Iran Sanctions Joint Plan of Action OFAC Russia SSI List Sudan Syria Ukraine

Securities Enforcement 2014 Mid-Year Review

While not nearly as transformative and dramatic as the first half of 2013 and the early days of Chair Mary Jo White and Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney, the first six months of 2014 was just as busy and productive...more

8/1/2014 - Citigroup Enforcement Enforcement Actions Judge Rakoff Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements SEC Settlement

Sanctions Round-Up: Second Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US Authorities End Quarter Full of Enforcement Actions with $8.9 Billion BNP Settlement - US and EU Make Numerous Ukraine-Related Designations as Separatist Aggression Continues - US...more

7/10/2014 - Enforcement Enforcement Actions EU Human Rights Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2014

In this edition: - Implementation of the Joint Plan of Action with Iran - Additional US Iran-Related Sanctions and Licenses - OFAC Civil Settlements - US and EU Sanctions in Response to the Situation in...more

4/4/2014 - EU Iran Sanctions Joint Plan of Action OFAC Sanctions Ukraine

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2013

As 2013 drew to a close, a potentially groundbreaking agreement was reached with Iran regarding its nuclear program, leading to much speculation about how certain sanctions might be suspended, and under what conditions. While...more

1/7/2014 - Iran Sanctions National Security OFAC Sanctions UN Security Council United Nations

January 2014 Recent Trends and Patterns in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) - Enforcement report only

In this issue: - Enforcement Actions and Strategies - Perennial Statutory Issues - Unusual Developments - Compliance Guidance - Private Litigation - Enforcement in the United...more

1/7/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCPA OECD UK Voluntary Disclosure

Sanctions Round-Up: Third Quarter 2013

In this edition: - Iranian Sanctions Eased to Allow Additional Humanitarian Exports and Activities - New Iranian Sanctions Designations Announced - Significant Reduction Waivers Extended - Global...more

10/9/2013 - Enforcement Actions EU Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East Sanctions

Sanctions Round-Up: Second Quarter 2013

In this issue: - The Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 - E.O. 13645, issued June 3, 2013 - Enforcement Against Foreign Sanctions Evaders - Enforcement Against Human Rights...more

7/15/2013 - Foreign Banks Foreign Policy Iran Sanctions NDAA OFAC Sanctions Settlement US Department of State

PCAOB Announces Agreement With China On Production of Audit Work Papers – A Step Forward or Lip Service?

On May 24, 2013, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB” or the “Board”) announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Chinese securities regulators that would enable the PCAOB under...more

6/7/2013 - Audits China Memorandum of Understanding PCAOB SEC Securities Fraud

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