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Day 17 Of One Month To Better Investigations and Reporting-Whom To Suspend During an Internal Investigation and De-Confliction

by Thomas Fox on

Who to suspend during any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation is always a delicate question to answer. Unfortunately there is never an easy answer. As the Volkswagen (VW) emission-testing scandal continues to...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 43, the Linde Declination

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In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the first Declination issued by the DOJ in the era of the Trump Administration, which was issued by the DOJ on June 16, 2017, when it issued a Declination to Linde North...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 336, James Koukios on Morrison Foerster April Anti-Corruption Report

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In this episode, James Koukios, a partner at Morrison & Foerster returns to discuss the firm's newsletter Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2017. In this episode we highlight the three following...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June, 2017 #2

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How Virtual Teamwork Can Deliver Startup Success - Forbes provides several startups’ guidelines for successfully running virtual teams. ...more

Day 13 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-The Yates Memo and Internal Investigations

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When then Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates, announced the Memo that bears her name, she said the following, “we have revised our policy guidance to require that if a company wants any credit for cooperation, any credit...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 335, Mike Volkov on Blockchain and Compliance

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In this episode, Mike Volkov and I discuss how blockchain has the potential to transform compliance and may facilitate some truly revolutionary modifications in key businesses processes. I see some great value propositions...more

FCA Regulatory Sandbox Update: Successes in Round One, Application Window for Round Three Open

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has provided an update on its regulatory sandbox initiative. The sandbox is part of Project Innovate, and allows businesses (whether already authorised or not) to test new offerings in...more

Report on rapid growth in P2P lending – what does it mean for New Zealand?

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Credit activity on FinTech credit platforms around the world has generated significant interest in financial markets, among policymakers and from the broader public. However, there remains a level of uncertainty as to how...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June, 2017

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Tackled an Issue That’s all too Familiar to Startups: The Threat of Frivolous Patent Litigation - The threat of frivolous patent...more

Day 7 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-How an Investigation Informs Remediation

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There is nothing like an internal whistleblower report about a FCPA violation, the finding of such an issue or (even worse) a subpoena from the DOJ to trigger the Board of Directors and senior management attention to the...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Putative Securities Class Action Regarding Rejected FDA Application For Drug Aimed At Reducing...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 23, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a non-precedential opinion, affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action against Amarin Plc., a biopharmaceutical...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May, 2017 #3

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: WTF is an ICO? ICO’s might be the crypto-currency world's song of the summer. TechCrunch dives into the new and interesting trend around initial coin offerings....more

The Life Sciences Report - Summer 2017

Factoring in Human Factors - According to a recent British Medical Journal research report, the mean rate of death from medical error in U.S. hospitals is estimated to be over 251,000 people per year. Though many medical...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Putative Securities Class Action, Finding Public Disclosures Precluded Any Finding Of Intent To...

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On May 12, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities class action against biopharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. and three of its officers. In Re: Biogen...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May, 2017 #2

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Venture Capital Funding for Cleantech Still Looks Pretty Grim The startup world at large is looking for a rebound after a down year in 2016, but if the Brookings...more

Investing in Data to Stay Ahead of Securities Risks

At the Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, held on May 5, 2017, in Denver, a panel of securities experts explained the new and innovative ways in which the SEC and private companies are utilizing, managing, and analyzing...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Class Action Against Biogen Inc.

On May 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed dismissal of the putative securities class action In re Biogen Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 16-1976. The action was filed in the U.S. District Court...more

California Federal District Court Expands Securities Litigation Involving Private Companies by Holding that Indirect Purchasers of...

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On April 18, 2017, a federal district court in California allowed indirect purchasers of stock in Theranos, a privately held company, to proceed with their lawsuit asserting securities violations under California law. This...more

First Circuit Holds that Scienter Requires Knowledge That Non-Disclosure Risked Misleading Investors, Not Just Knowledge of...

In Brennan v. Zafgen, Inc., — F.3d –, 2017 WL 1291194 (1st Cir., April 7, 2017), the First Circuit affirmed a District of Massachusetts decision dismissing claims against Zafgen, Inc., a biopharmaceutical developer, and its...more

Health Alert (Australia) May 1, 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 21 April 2017 - ILS Rehab Pty Ltd v Josephine Borg (as administrator of the estate of the late Damien Robert Borg) [2017] NSWSC 442...more

Day 19 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Risk Ranking in the Supply Chain

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One of the areas many companies do not focus on enough is possible corruption in their Supply Chain (SC) for goods and services provided on a company’s behalf. The FCPA risks can be just as great through those entry points as...more

Day 18 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Freight Forwarders

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The FCPA world is littered with cases involving freight forwarders, brokers and agents in the shipping and express delivery arena. Both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have aggressively...more

Day 17 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Distributor Compensation

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One of the issues in any compliance program is the compensation paid to a third party as FCPA exposure arises when companies pay money - either directly or indirectly - to fund bribe payments. In the traditional intermediary...more

Day 16 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Terminating a Third Party

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At some point, you will be required to terminate a third-party and there will be multiple legal, compliance and business issues to navigate going forward. If you are stuck doing it in the middle of a Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 36, McFadden Remarks on FCPA Enforcement

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In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a very deep dive into two recent speeches by Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden in which he addressed multiple topics and issues...more

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