Mark Lanpher

Mark Lanpher

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Securities Enforcement 2015 Year-End Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) filed a record 807 enforcement actions in fiscal year 2015, 52 more than it filed in 2014. It also set a record by obtaining approximately $4.2 billion in...more

2/4/2016 - Administrative Hearings Chief Compliance Officers Cybersecurity Enforcement Statistics Insider Trading SEC Securities Fraud US v Newman Whistleblowers

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2015 and “Implementation Day”

The International Atomic Energy Agency certifies that Iran had complied with all nuclear-related requirements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action leading to the end of United States sanctions against the country...more

1/21/2016 - Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) IAEA Implementation Day Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

Navigating Iran Sanctions After Implementation Day

Although the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations lifted a number of sanctions targeting Iran on January 16, 2016 (“Implementation Day”) in accordance with the terms of the recent Iran nuclear deal, the...more

1/21/2016 - Embargo EU General Licenses Implementation Day Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

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

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

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

FTC Clears Zillow-Trulia Merger Without Conditions

In a ruling on February 13, the FTC unconditionally approved the Zillow-Trulia merger after an intensive six-month antitrust review. Despite reported concerns “that the merger might concentrate too much power in one company,”...more

2/23/2015 - FTC Internet Mergers Trulia Zillow

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

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

Supreme Court Preserves 'Fraud-on-the-Market' and Validates Use of 'Price Impact' Defense Against Class Certification in...

In its long-awaited decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (“Halliburton II”), the US Supreme Court upheld the validity of the fraud-on-the-market presumption set forth in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 US 224...more

6/27/2014 - Basic v Levinson Class Action Class Certification Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund SCOTUS Securities Fraud

So You Want to See Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, and Xavi: Brazil Issues Directive Barring Government Officials From Receiving World Cup...

Earlier today, the Office of the Comptroller General in Brazil, Controladoria-Geral da União (“CGU”), issued a sweeping directive barring government officials from accepting offers to attend or participate in the upcoming...more

6/3/2014 - Brazil Compliance FCPA Government Officials Public Officials UK UK Bribery Act World Cup

SEC Enforcement Year in Review - 2013

Marked by leadership changes, high-profile trials, and shifting priorities, 2013 was a turning point for the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”). While the results of...more

1/9/2014 - Accounting Fraud Auditors Bribery Broker-Dealer China Deferred Prosecution Agreements Disclosure Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions FCPA FIRREA Injunctions Insider Trading Investment Adviser Mary Jo White Municipal Securities Issuers Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements SEC Securities Fraud Statute of Limitations Whistleblowers

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

SEC Lawyer Speaks To Broker-Dealer Registration Status Of Private Fund Managers

Late last week, a senior SEC lawyer encouraged the private equity and hedge fund communities to consider whether certain practices of private fund managers could subject these firms to SEC registration as broker-dealers....more

4/11/2013 - Broker-Dealer Fund Managers Private Funds Registration SEC

Supreme Court rejects SEC’s request for exception to statute of limitations in Gabelli

On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Gabelli v. SEC, unanimously rejecting the SEC’s view that government agencies can bring enforcement actions seeking civil penalties for...more

3/1/2013 - Gabelli v SEC SCOTUS SEC Statute of Limitations

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