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Texas Supreme Court Applies Absolute Privilege to Statements in FCPA Investigations

You may remember the 2013 Texas Court of Appeals case involving Shell Oil Company and Robert Writt. We covered it here, and it left FCPA internal investigations based in Texas in an awkward spot. To recap very briefly, in...more

7/9/2015 - Absolute Privilege Books & Records Defamation DOJ FCPA Internal Investigations Oil & Gas Shell Oil TX Supreme Court

Why Did BHP Billiton Settle an FCPA Case Including 7+ Year-Old Conduct?

Remember the Water Cube from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? BHP Billiton has probably had reason to think about it recently. On Wednesday it settled an FCPA case with the SEC arising out of the company’s sponsoring the...more

5/22/2015 - Books & Records Bribery Enforcement Actions FCPA Foreign Official Internal Controls Olympics SEC Statute of Limitations

SEC CustodyFest Vol. 1: A New Beginning

Imagine being Andrew Bowden. As director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations, you know you don’t have enough staff to conduct reasonably regular exams of registered investment advisers. You also...more

11/12/2013 - Books & Records Custody Rule Customer Funds Protection Fraud Investment Adviser SEC

SEC Staff Seeking Hard Drives, Etc. (but without authority)

Last month brought us this story from Reuters, in which we learned that the SEC “has become more aggressive in seeking full hard drives from the companies and individuals it investigates, startling defense lawyers who...more

2/12/2013 - Books & Records Investigations Release of Information SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC Charges Allianz with FCPA Violations

On December 17th, the SEC brought a settled administrative FCPA action against Allianz SE, a German insurance company with a subsidiary in Indonesia. The order does not allege violations of the FCPA’s antibribery provisions,...more

1/2/2013 - Allianz Books & Records FCPA SEC Subsidiaries Voluntary Disclosure Whistleblowers

SEC’s Asset Management Unit Focuses on Compliance Failures, Vol. 2

As we discussed last month, the SEC’s Asset Management Unit has developed a likeness for not just big, headline-grabbing cases, but relatively small compliance-based cases that are designed to prevent minor problems from...more

12/19/2012 - Books & Records Compliance Investment Adviser Registration SEC

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