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FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 302-Carlos Ayers on the Odebrecht Settlement from Brazil [Video]

In this episode I visit with Carlos Ayers, a founding partner at the Sao Paulo law firm of Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi about the state of anti bribery compliance in Brazil, how the Brazilian legal and compliance communities view...more

Day 23 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Answering Questions [Video]

I often write about the nuts and bolts of an effective compliance program but one of the most basic things that an effective compliance program must have is a compliance department present to ask the basic questions of...more

China: New Measures for Deregulating and Promoting Foreign Direct Investment

On January 12, 2017, the State Council issued the Circular concerning Measures on Expanding the Opening Up and the Active Utilization of Foreign Investment (the Circular). The Circular sets out the government’s policies and...more

Day 22 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-the Regional Compliance Committee [Video]

Earlier I considered the Compliance Oversight Committee. Today, I want to you to consider another compliance committee which could positively impact your compliance regime, the Regional Compliance Committee which is created...more

Day 21 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-the Board of Directors Compliance Committee [Video]

The Compliance Oversight Committee sits between the CCO and the Board’s compliance committee. The role of this Compliance Oversight Committee is to provide oversight and review of items such as third party approvals and...more

Day 20 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-the Board of Directors Compliance Committee [Video]

Under the US Sentencing Guidelines, the Board must exercise reasonable oversight on the effectiveness of a company’s compliance program. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Prosecution Standards posed the following queries:...more

Day 19 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Compliance Expertise on the Board [Video]

Every Board of Directors need a true compliance expert sitting on their Board. Almost every Board has a former Chief Financial Officer (CFO), former head of Internal Audit or persons with a similar background and often times...more

Day 18 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Email Sweeps [Video]

Ongoing monitoring is not limited to the financial component of compliance. The concept is straightforward; at regular intervals you can sweep through your company email database for identified key words that can be flagged...more

2016 half-year in review: M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

2017 Considerations for Israeli Companies That are Listed in the United States

In addition to our general update for foreign private issuers for the 2017 proxy season, Israeli companies that are listed in the United States are subject to a number of specific corporate governance and regulatory...more

Reminders for Foreign Private Issuers for the 2017 Annual Reporting Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for foreign private issuers (FPIs) in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 25 [Video]

In this episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into a couple of recent SEC enforcement actions. The first involved L-3 Technologies and accounting irregularities. The second involves BlackRock and the continued issues...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 2

2017 Examination Priorities Announced by the SEC - On January 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2017 examination priorities, which seek to...more

Day 15 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Post Training Evaluation [Video]

What if you want to take you post-training analysis to a higher level and begin to consider the effectiveness through your return on investment (ROI)? Joel Smith, the founder of Inhouse Owl, a training services provider,...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 35-the Friday the 13th edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 35, week ending January 13, the Friday the 13th edition   1.       Hernandez and Beech FCPA guilty pleas. 2.       VW guilty plea in emissions-testing scandal. 3.       VW executive Oliver...more

Day 13 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, create a data action plan [Video]

You should work to create an action plan to use your data. But never forget you need to get your digital information right. That means several sources of data to help you choose the best course of action. Earlier this year,...more

Day 12 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, creating a culture of data in compliance [Video]

You should work to create a culture of data in your compliance program. This comes from an understanding that data is a product, which you can consume internally in the compliance function. Your data is a corporate asset so...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

FCPA enforcement was a key priority this week. The Commission filed two settled actions. Once involved a recidivist in which the firm made admissions in resolving the matter with the DOJ. ...more

Insider Trading in the E.U. and U.S. Markets – An Ocean Apart?

With increasing momentum towards global regulatory convergence – driven predominantly by G20 commitments – it is noteworthy that some important (and practically significant) distinctions remain between the market conduct...more

2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

Mondelez Agrees to Pay $13 Million to Settle FCPA Charges Related to Alleged Bribery in India

On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Illinois-based multinational confectionery company Mondelez International Inc. and its subsidiary Cadbury agreed to settle Foreign Corrupt...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What Non-US Issuers Need to Know

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 24 [Video]

In this episode Matt Kelly and myself take a deep dive into the compliance weeds by looking at a paper written by then SEC General Counsel James Doty (later head of the PCAOB) in 2007 where he proposes a regulatory scheme for...more

Saudi Arabia Sets Up New Secondary Listing Market (the Parallel Market)

The Capital Market Authority (CMA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has approved new regulations for Saudi and for Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) incorporated joint stock companies (JSC) to list on the Kingdom’s new...more

Day 10 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Mergers and Acquisitions [Video]

A company that does not perform adequate due diligence prior to a merger or acquisition may face both legal and business risks. Perhaps, most commonly, inadequate due diligence can allow a course of bribery to continue - with...more

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