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NDRC’s Probe of the Foreign Finance Sector May Signal Increased Antitrust Enforcement Risks Related to SSA Market and Beyond

Recent press reports in China have indicated that China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), one of China’s three antitrust regulators, is launching an inquiry into firms in the foreign finance sector to...more

Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Nortek, Inc. Receive First Declinations Under the DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program and Rare NPAs from the...

On June 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued the first public declinations of a criminal enforcement action since implementing its new enforcement plan for the Criminal Division – Fraud Section’s Foreign...more

Novartis Agrees to Settle Bribery Charges Against Chinese Subsidiaries for $25 Million

On March 23, 2015, Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Novartis AG (“Novartis”) reached a civil settlement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for violating the internal controls and books and...more

SEC Charges U.S. Pharmaceutical Company for FCPA Violations Arising from Alleged Bribery in China

On February 4, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a settlement with U.S. pharmaceutical company SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) to resolve FCPA charges arising from its...more

PRC Amends Criminal Law As It Relates to Bribery and Corruption

On August 29, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress enacted the Ninth Amendment to the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “Amendment”), following two rounds of public consultation....more

China’s National Auditing Office Notes Compliance Concerns with Sponsorship of Academic Conferences in the Healthcare Sector

In China, it is common industry practice for pharmaceutical companies to sponsor academic conferences. As long as such events are aimed at enhancing the practice of medicine and patient welfare, the practice has been allowed....more

U.S. Administrative Law Judge Suspends Chinese Affiliates of “Big Four” Accounting Firms

In a surprising turn in the long-running and widely reported dispute between the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Chinese affiliates of the “Big Four” accounting firms, on January 22, 2014, a U.S....more

China Establishes Shanghai Free Trade Pilot Zone

Shortly after the approval for the Plans for the Shanghai Free Trade Pilot Zone (the “Shanghai FTZ”), the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress published the first legislation on the Shanghai FTZ – the...more

Chinese Securities Regulator Announces Plans to Produce Documents in Ongoing “Big Four” Accounting Firm SEC Enforcement Action

According to a public statement issued by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) on July 9, 2013, China’s securities regulator is preparing to hand over the audit documents of a U.S.-listed Chinese company to the...more

7/12/2013

SEC’s Cross-Border Working Group Continues to Target China-Based Issuers

Introduction - A pair of recent enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) reflect the SEC’s continued focus on China-based issuers listed in the U.S. In the most recent case...more

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