Masahisa Ikeda

Masahisa Ikeda

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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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

Navigating Russia Sanctions: US, EU, and Japan Update

US, EU and Japanese sanctions targeting Russia are becoming increasingly aligned as a result of each jurisdiction’s continued tailoring of sanctions targeting Russia. In each jurisdiction there are now laws which block funds...more

11/11/2014 - Banking Sector Defense Sector Energy Sector EU Japan Russia Sanctions SDN List SSI List

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

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, October 2014

In this issue: - Asia DEVELOPMENT - HKEx Releases Concept Paper on Weighted Voting Rights - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent...more

10/16/2014 - Asia Compliance DOJ Enforcement Enforcement Actions ESMA EU European Merger Control Regulation Financial Regulatory Reform HKEx SEC Securities Litigation Voting Rights

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - October 2014

In this issue: - EU DEVELOPMENTS - European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Proposals to - Improve EU Merger Control - ESMA Publishes Final Guidelines on Enforcement of Financial...more

10/10/2014 - Cross-Border Transactions ESMA EU European Commission Mergers

Broken Windows: SEC Enforcement Reminds Officers, Directors and 5% Shareholders to Comply with Reporting Requirements

On September 10, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement proceedings against officers, directors and major shareholders and publicly-traded companies for violations related...more

9/29/2014 - Broken Windows Corporate Officers Directors Enforcement Actions Publicly-Traded Companies Reporting Requirements SEC Shareholders Strategic Enforcement Plan

SEC Compliance Manual for NASDAQ-Listed Non-US Companies

As a result of registration of ordinary shares including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) under the US securities laws and the listing of ordinary shares or ADSs on the NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”), non-US...more

9/23/2014 - Foreign Corporations Nasdaq Registration Reporting Requirements SEC Securities Act of 1933 Securities Exchange Act Stocks

SEC Compliance Manual for NYSE-Listed Non-US Companies

As a result of registration of ordinary shares including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) under the US securities laws and the listing of ordinary shares or ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”),...more

9/23/2014 - Compliance Corporate Governance Foreign Corporations NYSE SEC Shareholders

Extraterritoriality Revisited: Access to the European Markets by Financial Institutions, Funds and Others from Outside Europe

In an effort to harmonise investor protection across the EU and ensure effective market competition, a framework has been established for financial institutions, funds and market infrastructure established outside the EU to...more

8/28/2014 - Banking Sector Capital Markets EU Extraterritoriality Rules Financial Institutions Investor Protection Market Participants

Russia Sanctions: Impact on Financial Institutions in the US, EU and Japan

New sanctions targeting Russia have been implemented in the US, EU and Japan. Although the consequences of breaching the sanctions are severe, navigating the rules is not straightforward. Transactions and business lines will...more

8/25/2014 - EU Japan Russia Sanctions SDN List SSI List

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition

In this issue: - ASIAN DEVELOPMENTS - HKEx Publishes Revised Connected Transaction Rules - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - PCAOB Adopts Auditing Standard and Amendments -...more

7/16/2014 - Asia Audits Corporate Social Responsibility DOJ Employee Benefits Enforcement Enforcement Actions ESMA EU European Commission HKEx MiFID OTC PCAOB SEC UK

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition

In this issue: - EU DEVELOPMENTS - Statutory Audit Directive and Regulation Published in Official Journal - Council Adopts Intra-Corporate Transferees Directive - ESMA Publishes Consultation and...more

7/14/2014 - Audits Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility Derivatives EMIR ESMA EU MiFID OTC Prospectus Shareholder Rights Shareholders

Supreme Court Holds in Alice Corp. that Generic Computer Automation of an Abstract Idea Is Not Eligible for Patenting

In a case that could have broad implications for software patents, the Supreme Court last week held that an abstract idea does not qualify for patent protection merely by claiming that the idea can be implemented using a...more

6/24/2014 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Risk Mitigation SCOTUS Software

Supreme Court Issues Significant Decisions in the Limelight Networks and Nautilus Cases Unanimously Overturning the Federal...

The Supreme Court recently issued two unanimous decisions concerning the standards governing claims for induced infringement and indefiniteness. A summary of the decisions follows. Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai...more

6/9/2014 - Akamai Technologies Claim Construction En Banc Review Induced Infringement Limelight Networks Miniauction Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

SEC Staff Issues Statement on Effect of Court Decision on Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 29, 2014, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) issued a statement on the effect of a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “Court”) on the SEC’s...more

4/30/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Minerals SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC Staff Issues Additional Guidance on Conflict Minerals

On April 7, 2014, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued responses to nine frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the reporting requirements regarding conflict minerals originating in the Democratic...more

4/14/2014 - Audits Conflict Mineral Rules SEC

DOJ Scores First Antitrust Extradition: More to Come?

With Friday’s announcement of the first-ever extradition of a foreign executive on criminal antitrust charges to the United States, the US Department of Justice has won a major victory in its effort to prosecute and deter...more

4/8/2014 - Antitrust Litigation DOJ Extradition

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, January 2014

In this issue: - EU Developments - Italian Developments - UK Developments - US Developments - Asian Developments - International Financial Markets Regulation Developments -...more

1/28/2014 - Corporate Governance ETFs EU Securities UCITS

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

Iran Notices Update: SEC-Registered Issuers Continue to Adapt to Their New Normal

It has been over eight months since SEC-registered issuers began making mandatory disclosures of business activities in or with Iran. During that period, issuers have filed over 400 Iran Notices with the SEC, including...more

11/5/2013 - Iran Iran Sanctions OFAC SEC

Governance & Securities Law Focus - October 2013

In this issue: - ASIAN DEVELOPMENTS - HKEx publishes Amended Listing Rules to Complement the New IPO Sponsor Regime - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law...more

10/22/2013 - Corporate Governance DOJ EMIR Enforcement Actions Equivalency Determinations ESMA EU European Commission IPO IPO Sponsors PCAOB Reporting Requirements SEC Short Sales Swap Clearing

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, October 2013

In this issue: - EU Developments - Opinion on ESMA’s Powers under the Short Selling Regulation - ESMA Publishes Third Country Advice on Equivalence - ESMA Consults on the Clearing...more

10/16/2013 - Corporate Governance EMIR ESMA EU Extraterritoriality Rules Fraud Short Sales

Court Upholds SEC Rule on Conflicts Minerals

On July 23, 2013, the US District Court for the District of Columbia found “no problems with the SEC’s rulemaking” by its adoption of the Conflict Minerals Rule pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

7/25/2013 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank First Amendment Free Speech Minerals Natural Resources Resource Extraction SEC

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, July 2013

In this issue: ASIAN DEVELOPMENTS - - HKEx Launches Consultation on Reform of Connected Transaction Rules US DEVELOPMENTS - - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law...more

7/16/2013 - China DOJ EMIR Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Enforcement Actions ESMA EU European Commission Financial Conduct Authority Risk Management SEC Securities Litigation

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