William H. Devaney

William H. Devaney

Venable LLP

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Business News Digest – June 2014

In this issue: - SEC Warns Private Equity Fund Advisers about Compliance Shortcomings - Why the 50 Percent Rule Deserves 100 Percent Attention - Exactly How Much Omega-3 Is in There? -...more

6/4/2014 - Celebrity Endorsements CFPB Enforcement Enforcement Actions Estate Tax FCPA FTC Instrumentality Non-Profits Nonbank Firms Parental Leave Private Equity Private Equity Funds SEC

The Eleventh Circuit Defines "Instrumentality" of a Foreign Government under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On May 16, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the convictions of Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez, former executives for Terra Communications, convicted of paying bribes to officials of Haiti...more

5/23/2014 - Appeals FCPA Foreign Corporations Foreign Official Instrumentality Terra Telecommunications

FCPA Snapshot – 2013

SUMMARY - Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity in 2013 was robust, with DOJ and the SEC bringing 31 new FCPA enforcement actions, exceeding 2012’s total of 25. Total penalties amounted to more than...more

3/6/2014 - Compliance DOJ Enforcement Actions EU FCPA SEC

Safeguarding Your Nonprofit against Fraud and Embezzlement: Best Practices, Common Pitfalls, and Practical Strategies

In this presentation: - Recent Examples of Nonprofit Fraud and Embezzlement - Why Does Employee Fraud Occur? - Why Are Nonprofits Frequently the Victims of Fraud and Embezzlement? - Preventing...more

2/11/2014 - Embezzlement Fraud Non-Profits Risk Management

How to Safeguard Your Nonprofit against Fraud and Embezzlement: Best Practices, Common Pitfalls, and Practical Strategies

In this presentation: - Recent Examples of Nonprofit Fraud and Embezzlement - Why Does Employee Fraud Occur? - Why Are Nonprofits Frequently the Victims of Fraud and Embezzlement? - Effective...more

1/17/2014 - Embezzlement Fraud Non-Profits

Business News Digest – December 2013

In this issue: - NIST Holds Fifth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework; Incentives Still Lacking - Advertising Law News & Analysis - November 1, 2013 Edition - November 7, 2013 Edition - November 14,...more

12/6/2013 - Advertising Athletes Bullying CFPB Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework E-Commerce Embezzlement FDA Fraud Grants Hazing Internet Investigations NFL NIST Non-Profits Private Funds Procurement Guidelines Retailers SEC

Legal Issues in International Philanthropy

In this presentation: - Tax Considerations of International Grantmaking in Today’s World - Recent Developments in International Philanthropy – Best Practices - Grants to Foreign Charities -...more

5/30/2013 - Affidavits Affirmative Defenses Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Charitable Donations Equivalency Determinations FCPA Foreign Charities OECD Penalties Philanthropy Red Flags Rule UK Bribery Act

FCPA Snapshot – 2012

In 2012, DOJ and the SEC brought 25 new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement actions, a significant decrease from the number of FCPA enforcement actions brought in 2011 (45) and the prolific 2010 (71). However,...more

4/3/2013 - Audits Compliance DOJ FCPA Investigations SEC Self-Reporting Sentencing UK Bribery Act Voluntary Disclosure

The FCPA and Anti-Corruption Enforcement: What Does It Mean for Charitable Contributions?

In this presentation: - What Is the FCPA? - The Anti-Bribery Provisions - The Books and Records Provisions - The Devil Is in the Details… - Who Is Subject To The FCPA? - Willful Blindness -...more

3/21/2013

Business News Digest – March 2013

In this issue: - Executive Order Opens Consultative Processes to Draft Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure - Maryland Cybersecurity-Related Legislative Developments - NIST Seeking...more

3/12/2013 - Amgen Inc. v Connecticut Retirement Plans CFPB Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity FCPA FISMA NIST Non-Compete Agreements SCOTUS Student Loans

Detecting and Preventing Fraud and Embezzlement

In this presentation: - Recent Examples of Nonprofit Embezzlement - Why Does Employee Fraud Occur? - Why Are Nonprofits Frequently the Victims of Embezzlement? - External Audits - Fraud Risk...more

3/6/2013 - Audits Background Checks Compliance Embezzlement Fraud Risk Assessment Whistleblowers

Southern District of New York Ruling May Present Challenges for FCPA Defendants

A recent ruling in the Southern District of New York rejected two defenses in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case, resulting in an interpretation of the law that could have damaging consequences for defendants who are...more

2/27/2013 - Bribery Deferred Prosecution Agreements DOJ Email FCPA Interstate Commerce Minimum Contacts Personal Jurisdiction SEC SEC v Sharef SEC v Straub Statute of Limitations

Business News Digest – February 2013

In this issue: - What You Need to Know About the Proposed Maryland Investment Tax Credit for Cybersecurity - Trade Secret Legislation May Increase Infringement Claims and Lead to a Private Right of Action -...more

2/20/2013 - Antitrust Conspiracies CIPA Class Action Class Certification Cybersecurity Department of Transportation ECPA FDA Food Safety Infringement Investment Tax Credits IRS NEPA Pay or Play Trade Secrets Voluntary Correction Program

Lesson from Smith: Withdrawal from a Criminal Antitrust Conspiracy Must Be Affirmative

In a narcotics case surprisingly relevant to the antitrust world, the United States Supreme Court recently addressed withdrawal from a criminal conspiracy. In Smith v. United States, a unanimous Court held that the burden...more

1/17/2013 - Burden of Proof Conspiracies Drug Trafficking Racketeering Statute of Limitations Withdrawal

ILA-USMX Contract Extended 30 Days

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) agreed on a 30-day extension of the current coast-wide master contract, temporarily shielding East and Gulf Coast ports from...more

1/2/2013 - Longshoremen Ports Shipping Strike Unions

Business News Digest – December 2012

In this issue: - CFPB Issues Affinity Credit Card Report to Congress: How Nonprofits Can Minimize Their Legal and Tax Risk - FCPA Guidance: Déjà Vu All Over Again - Federal Ban on Government Contractor...more

12/5/2012 - CFPB FCPA Political Contributions

FCPA Guidance: Déjà Vu All Over Again

On November 14, 2012, the long-awaited U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) guidance (the “Guidance”) was released. Styled “A Resource Guide...more

11/21/2012 - Compliance FCPA FCPA Resource Guide SEC

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