Nicole Sprinzen

Nicole Sprinzen

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Lack of Bribery Act Awareness by One-Third of UK Small Businesses Poses Risk for Partners

A U.K.-government-commissioned survey of 500 businesses known as “small and medium sized enterprises” (SMEs) in the United Kingdom released in July 2015 found that more than one-third of the businesses had never heard of the...more

7/20/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance FCPA Small Business UK Bribery Act

Red Notice Newsletter - June 2015

This month on the anticorruption front, an energy company announces the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has declined to bring charges following an Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)-related investigation, the protracted...more

7/3/2015 - Africa Bank Secrecy Act BIS Bribery Construction Industry Contractors Declination DOJ Enforcement Actions FCPA FinCEN France Government Investigations Hotels Mining OFAC Oil & Gas Oil for Food Program PetroTiger Red Notices Suspensions & Debarments UK World Bank

Red Notice Newsletter - May 2015

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a German engineering firm tests Brazil's recently implemented anticorruption...more

6/1/2015 - Bribery Clean Companies Act Cuba Currency Exchange Defense Sector Energy Sector Export Controls FinCEN Germany OFAC Sanctions Serious Fraud Office UK Ukraine Virtual Currency

FinCEN Seeks to Curb Trade-Based Money Laundering Through Lowered Reporting Threshold

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued a Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) lowering reporting thresholds and triggering additional recordkeeping requirements...more

5/4/2015 - Anti-Money Laundering Cartels FinCEN Geographic Targeting Order Popular Reporting Requirements Strategic Enforcement Plan

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month in anticorruption developments, Canadian transportation giant faces scrutiny for alleged bribery in South...more

5/1/2015 - Bribery Canada Construction Contracts Construction Industry Criminal Prosecution Defense Contracts Export Controls Export-Import Bank of the US FCPA France OECD OFAC Red Notices Sanctions SEC South Africa Suspensions & Debarments Telecommunications

Brazil President Issues Decree Implementing Anticorruption Law

On March 18, 2015, nearly two years after the enactment of Brazil’s 2013 Clean Companies Act (CCA), Law No. 12,846, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff issued Decree No. 8,420 (the “Decree”) implementing the CCA. This week, an...more

4/13/2015 - Anti-Corruption Brazil Clean Companies Act

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, two individuals receive multi-year sentences for Venezuelan bribery,...more

4/2/2015 - Australia Bribery Broker-Dealer China Criminal Prosecution Export Controls Foreign Official Red Notices Sanctions SEC South Korea Venezuela

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2015

Introduction - Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, several companies face the consequences of...more

3/2/2015 - Africa Army Auto Parts Bribery Canada Enforcement Actions Engineering FCPA Red Notices SEC

New Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Law Takes Effect Establishing a Public Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Bureau

On January 25, 2015, a new anti-corruption law took effect in Ukraine as part of a comprehensive legislative initiative targeting corruption among government employees, public officials and private legal entities, and...more

1/30/2015 - Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement New Legislation Ukraine

Recorded Conversations with In-House Counsel Permitted as Evidence in FCPA Trial

Earlier this month, a federal judge in New Jersey held that a secretly recorded conversation between a former chief executive officer and his general counsel may be used by prosecutors as evidence against the former executive...more

1/27/2015 - Attorney-Client Privilege Audio Recording Bribery C-Suite Executives CEOs Corporate Counsel Crime-Fraud Exception Criminal Prosecution Enforcement Actions Evidence FCPA Foreign Official General Counsel Kickbacks Popular

Red Notice Newsletter - December 2014

Welcome to the December 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a major cosmetics retailer as well as its subsidiary pleads guilty to...more

12/30/2014 - Aircraft Sales Avon BIS Bribery Bruker China Dallas Airmotive Deferred Prosecution Agreements DOJ FCPA FLIR System Germany Illegal Arms Dealers Life Sciences OFAC Red Notices Retailers SEC SFO UK Bribery Act

Court Of Appeals Reins in Prosecutors in Insider Trading Cases

In a landmark insider trading decision issued on December 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit made important pronouncements favorable to the defense on two recurring and important legal issues: (1) what is...more

12/16/2014 - Hedge Funds Illegal Tipping Insider Trading Material Nonpublic Information Personal Benefit Portfolio Managers Rule 10b-5 Securities Securities Fraud US v Newman

Red Notice Newsletter - November 2014

Welcome to the November 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a life sciences company settles multi-country bribery investigations, a...more

12/1/2014 - BIS DOJ EU Export Controls FCPA OFAC Red Notices Sanctions SEC

DOJ and SEC Officials Focus on Enforcement, Self-Reporting and Compliance at International FCPA Conference

From November 18 to 19, 2014, the American Conference Institute held its annual U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) conference outside of Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers including U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

11/25/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance DOJ FCPA Internal Controls Investigations OECD Professional Conferences SEC Self-Reporting Strategic Enforcement Plan

DOJ Clarifies Successor Liability for Foreign Acquisitions in Latest Opinion Release

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its second public opinion release of the year in response to a question posed regarding the applicability of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to a...more

11/21/2014

Study Shows Only Four Parties to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Actively Enforce Convention

According to a recent study by Transparency International (TI), only four of the 41 Parties of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Anti-Bribery Convention (the “Convention”) are “active”...more

11/19/2014 - Anti-Bribery Enforcement Enforcement Statistics OECD

Supreme Court Declines to Review 3rd Circuit Ruling; Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege Decision Persists

On November 10, 2014, the Supreme Court (No. 14-389) declined to review the 3rd Circuit decision (No. 13-1237), In Re: Grand Jury Subpoena, leaving intact the 3rd Circuit’s ruling on the proper bounds of the crime-fraud...more

11/11/2014 - Anti-Corruption Attorney-Client Privilege Compliance Corporate Counsel Crime-Fraud Exception FCPA UK Young Lawyers

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2014

Welcome to the October 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, a Texas company agrees to pay more than $5 million to settle allegations...more

11/3/2014 - BIS Bribery China Construction Industry Engineering EU FCPA OFAC Pharmaceutical Red Notices SEC

Supreme Court Declines to Review Definition of a “Foreign Official” Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: 11th Circuit’s...

On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court declined to review the 11th Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Esquenazi, et. al., leaving standing the appellate court’s expansive definition of “foreign official” under the Foreign Corrupt...more

10/9/2014 - Anti-Corruption Compliance FCPA Foreign Official SCOTUS

Red Notice Newsletter - September 2014

Welcome to the September 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a Chinese branch of a multinational pharmaceutical company receives a...more

10/2/2014 - Compliance DOJ Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCPA Manufacturers SEC

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2014

Welcome to the August 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, the former CEO of an aviation company pleads guilty to participating in an...more

8/28/2014 - Anti-Corruption Bribery Corruption DOJ EU FCPA UK

Red Notice Newsletter - July 2014

Welcome to the July 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, two Noble Corporation executives settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

8/1/2014 - Africa Anti-Corruption Asia Bank of America Banking Sector Banks BIS BNP Paribas Bribery C-Suite Executives Conspiracies Consumer Watchdog Criminal Conspiracy DOJ Enforcement Enforcement Actions Export Controls FCPA Foreign Banks Hospitality Industry Investigations ITAR Middle East OFAC Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Russia Sanctions SDN List SEC Settlement UK Ukraine WMD Wynn Resorts

Red Notice Newsletter - June 2014

Welcome to the June 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month, on the anticorruption front, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit defines key Foreign Corrupt...more

7/1/2014 - Aerospace BIS China Export Controls Exports FCPA OFAC Oil & Gas Red Notices SEC Shipping White Collar Crimes

SEC Chair Describes Sweeping Initiatives To Reform Market Structure And Increase Transparency

In a speech delivered on June 5, 2014 at the Sandler O’Neill Global Exchange and Brokerage Conference in New York, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White unveiled a package of SEC initiatives aimed...more

6/10/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Financial Regulatory Reform Mary Jo White SEC Transparency

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