Nicholas Williams

Nicholas Williams

Foley & Lardner LLP

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The High Cost of an FCPA Violation

Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can lead to hefty penalties. Indeed, individuals who violate the FCPA, and their employers, could be on the hook for a variety of penalties described below. Companies...more

9/3/2015 - Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Bribery Civil Monetary Penalty Compliance Corruption Criminal Penalties DOJ Exports FCPA Federal Sentencing Guidelines Foreign Official Personal Liability Prison Professional Misconduct Risk Assessment SEC Suspensions & Debarments

Creative Cooperation: Public-Private-Partnerships

Some people trust private industry and the free market to solve economic challenges and develop economic opportunities, while others prefer allowing government initiatives to address such issues. The space between these two...more

8/28/2015 - Collaboration Innovation Manufacturing Manufacturing Facilities Nanotechnology Private Sector Public-Private Partnerships

Closing a Facility? Dig Deep to Avoid Contractual Issues

When closing a facility, the legal issues that most often come to mind are terminating a lease or selling the asset(s). However, those are just the tip of the iceberg. From below the surface, potential problems may arise out...more

7/15/2015 - Asset Transfer Commercial Insurance Policies Default Loan Agreements Manufacturers Manufacturing Facilities Personal Property Suppliers Supply Chain

Closing a Facility? Don’t Create Human Capital Problems

In recent years, manufacturers have closed facilities, corporate offices, warehouses, and production plants, for a variety of reasons. All too often, manufacturers overlook important legal requirements or planning steps,...more

7/8/2015 - Asset Protection CBAs Documentation Employee Rights Employee Training Employee Transfers Employer Liability Issues Equal Opportunities Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Manufacturers Manufacturing Facilities Trade Secrets WARN Act

Making the FCPA "Reasonable"— Exceptions and Affirmative Defenses

So, we have covered the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s (“FCPA”) scope, but the FCPA anti-bribery provisions also contain certain exceptions and affirmative defenses. These exceptions and affirmative defenses attempt to carve...more

5/7/2015 - Affirmative Defenses Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Counsel Exceptions FCPA Foreign Official

Peeking Behind the Curtain: Macroeconomic Insight Into Manufacturing

Last week, Dr. Chad Moutray, Chief Economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”), visited Foley & Lardner’s Chicago office and shared a macroeconomic update on the manufacturing industry. His comments and...more

4/9/2015 - Manufacturers NAM

The FCPA Mandate in a Nutshell

The consequences of an investigation into bribery allegations can be tricky for any manufacturing company, so it’s important to understand the U.S. anti-bribery provisions. As discussed in our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

3/19/2015 - Books & Records Bribery FCPA Foreign Official Internal Controls Publicly-Traded Companies

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Pitfall in International Trade

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) should be top of mind for any manufacturer conducting or considering international business. Indeed, any doubts that the government was still interested in investigating and...more

2/19/2015 - Enforcement FCPA Manufacturers Risk Assessment Risk Management Small Business

Bring on the Bots!

While what constitutes “advanced” constantly evolves, advanced robotic systems have been a reality on manufacturing floors since at least the 1970s. These technological advancements can reduce costs, increase productivity,...more

2/4/2015 - Manufacturers Manufacturing Facilities Robotics Technology

Six Tips for Protecting Manufacturers' Most Valuable Assets – Trade Secrets

Long gone are the days when spies needed physical access to information to steal, copy, or photograph it; modern technology now enables instantaneous global access and transmission. Protecting trade secrets ranks high on...more

11/6/2014 - Data Protection Manufacturers Trade Secrets UTSA

Opportunistic Acquisitions: Buying Assets Through Bankruptcy

Though often overlooked, bankruptcy sales can be a real boon to businesses looking for a great deal. Prospective purchasers must, of course, interface with the bankruptcy court, so these companies must understand the lay of...more

10/9/2014 - Acquisitions Commercial Bankruptcy Manufacturers

Economic Manufacturing Quantities: The Right Amount and the Right Locations

Does your manufacturing firm have enough facilities creating the optimum number of products in the right locations? As manufacturing abroad became viable, the siting options became innumerable. Now, already difficult...more

6/30/2014 - Manufacturers Manufacturing Facilities

3D Printing Products at Home: Manufacturer, Consumer, or Both?

Soon, instead of clicking buy now and entering your shipping information, you may be able to download a file, click “Start,” and watch a 3D printer at work. Thus, the manufacturer-consumer will be born. ...more

5/22/2014 - 3-D Printing Technology Liability Manufacturers

Ten Tips to Develop a Practical Conflict Minerals Approach for 2014

As you sit at your desk waiting for any guidance regarding what your Conflict Minerals Report should look like, you may allow yourself to think about June 3, 2014, the day after companies are required to file their Form SD...more

5/15/2014 - Compliance Conflict Mineral Rules Filing Requirements Form SD Manufacturers NAM SEC

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