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Global Investigation of Manipulation of Benchmark Foreign Exchange Rates Focuses on Chat Group of Top Bank Traders

Competition authorities around the world are investigating whether banks manipulated WM/Reuters rates, which are used as a benchmark for foreign exchange (“FX”) rates for trillions of dollars of investment transactions. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 27, 2014

Lehman Court Finds Safe Harbors Protect Damage Calculation Provisions in Swap - Judge James M. Peck issued a significant opinion in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy late last month, which preserved important safe...more

Greater Protection Against Fake Goods In EU As Of 1 January 2014

Right holders are faced with an ever increasing battle against fake goods. The European Union Anti-Piracy Regulation offers an effective first-line defense against fake goods....more

US China Trade War Developments –Trade, False Claims Act, Patents, US/Chinese Antitrust And Securities

On December 3, 2013, former Congressman Don Bonker of APCO and I will be speaking in Vancouver, Canada at a breakfast conference held by the American Chamber of Commerce on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Demystified: A...more

US China Trade War–Developments In Trade, Customs, Patents, Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, solar cells, Customs, 337/patents, antitrust and securities areas. On September 26th there were reports that the United States and China have been negotiating for the past...more

What Happened to the Libor Scandal?

No longer headline news, you may be wondering… “What happened to the Libor scandal?” Answer: It is not gone, and the residual effects remain unresolved. To date, at least a dozen international banking institutions still face...more

Compliance Week Highlights Policy Management

Policy management seemed to be top of mind this past month as Compliance Week released two articles highlighting the importance of an effective policy management process, including the expertise of Ingrid Fredeen, NAVEX...more

Canadian Government Announces Proposed Amendments to Anticorruption Law

Amendments aim to improve enforcement of Canadian foreign corruption law by expanding jurisdiction, creating a books and records offense, eliminating the facilitation payments exception, redefining "business" and enforcement...more

New EU Counterfeit Goods Regulation

On 24 January 2013, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee of the European Parliament endorsed a new Regulation 5129/2013/EC setting out customs procedures for goods suspected of infringing intellectual...more

The Implications of Private LIBOR Litigation

Like other major financial controversies, the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) case is spawning private litigation in the United States. The dangers of an antitrust violation include treble damages in private suits...more

Explanation of the Alleged LIBOR Manipulation Scheme

Good background on the alleged scheme to manipulate LIBOR. Via NPR’s Planet Money program, again. About halfway through, the program discusses allegations of interbank agreements to manipulate reported LIBOR rates. (It’s...more

ITC Ruling May Presage Return of Sanctions Proceedings

U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Administrative Law Judge Thomas B. Pender (ALJ) recently imposed sanctions on Apple due to the intentional misrepresentations of fact in the opening statement and briefing. This sua...more

Pharmaceutical Products and The Bribery Act June 2011

The Bribery Act came into force on 1 July 2011. It has attracted much controversy, and because of its jurisdictional reach beyond the borders of the UK, it has given rise to concern in various industries including the...more

Empresa Cubana v. U.S.(Havana ClubTrademark Dispute)

Decision on Havana Club Trademark Dispute Between Bacardi and Pernod

A divided appeals court in Washington ruled in favor of the U.S. Treasury Department's refusal to renew a Cuban company's trademark for "Havana Club" rum. The decision is the latest development in a long and bitter dispute...more

FCPA, UK Bribery Act, and Indonesian Anti-Corruption Law - A Comparison

There are several multinational companies in Indonesia which have a parent company, affiliate, subsidiary or even a listed company in the US and UK. One of the issue for such companies is that, developing countries such as...more

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