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Another SEC FCPA Action Tied to Hospitality

Hospitality and effective compliance procedures are often critical issues when dealing with government officials. Those two issues came into sharp focus in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. In the Matter of BHP Billiton Ltd., Adm....more

Economic Downturn Week, Part III – The Desktop Risk Assessment

I continue my exploration of actions you can take to improve your compliance program during an economic downturn with a review of what my colleague Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Dresser-Rand, called the...more

BEA Filing Deadline Looms For US Persons With Foreign Affiliates

Every five years, the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) conducts a survey concerning the extent of investment abroad by US individuals and entities (US persons). In the past, only US persons...more

ESMA Responds to Prospective Directive and Securitization Consultations

ESMA has responded to the European Commission’s consultations on the Prospective Directive and Securitization, recommending, in relation to prospectuses, an approach that would facilitate access to capital, while stressing...more

Gifts, Meals and Prosecution: BHP Billiton’s Settlement

The SEC is on a mission – companies that engage in egregious payment schemes for gifts, hospitality and travel are going to get prosecuted for civil FCPA violations. Recent SEC enforcement actions against companies continue,...more

Canada and Mexico to Seek Retaliatory Measures Following WTO’s Final Ruling Against U.S. Meat Labeling Law

On May 18, the World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) Appellate Body upheld a ruling that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for meat continue to discriminate against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico...more

On the Oregon Trail: the BHP Enforcement Action and High-Risk Hospitality

The settlers who took off on this Great Emigration on the Oregon Trail did not have anything in the way of a road map. Fortunately for the modern day anti-corruption compliance practitioner, you do have road maps that can...more

Does the SEC Want Issuers to Self-Report Everything?

Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement delivered remarks at a conference where he addressed the SEC’s cooperation program. Much of the focus was on the benefits of self-reporting and cooperation in...more

Compliance Week 2015 Wrap Up

Compliance Week 2015 has ended. This year was the tenth anniversary of the annual conference and in many ways I found it to be the best one yet. Matt Kelly and his team put together a conference and experience, which was...more

SEC Charges Australian Mining Company for FCPA Violations Arising from Its Hospitality Program at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a $25 million settlement with Australian mining company BHP Billiton (the "Company") to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) charges...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Application of EU Requirements for Remuneration Policies for Small and Non-Complex Firms Confirmed - US Regulators Issue the Final Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric...more

The Future of Corporate Criminal Prosecutions (Part IV of IV)

DOJ has developed a new and innovative model for criminal prosecution of corporations. The jury is still out on whether this model is the best use of public resources. DOJ frequently touts its successes based on...more

FIO Director Testifies On The Impact Of International Regulatory Standards On The Competitiveness Of U.S. Insurers

The Director of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO), Michael McRaith, recently testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance regarding the impact international regulatory standards have on...more

Levi Strauss and Auditing of Third Parties

Today we celebrate innovation. On this day in 1873, a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets was granted. This marked the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: the blue jeans. Jacob Davis, a...more

DOJ Criminal Investigations: “Boiling the Ocean” and Other Fish Tales (Part II of IV)

The old maxim – “Justice delayed is justice denied” – is a powerful statement relating to our criminal justice system. A subject of a criminal investigation – corporate or individual — undergoes enormous stress from a...more

The (Relatively) “New” Model for Corporate Criminal “Investigations” (Part I of IV)

The Justice Department continues to be dogged by questions surrounding its conduct of criminal investigations. These concerns are being raised in the context of extreme cynicism given DOJ’s “failure” to prosecute individuals...more

Commerce Reissues BE-13 Reporting Requirements for Foreign Businesses

Although the BE-13 requirements for foreign companies investing in the United States should be old news by now, there are an increasing number of questions on this issue. The new regulations were put in place in 2014, and...more

CFTC Ownership and Control Reports

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the federal agency that regulates trading in futures and other derivatives in the United States, has long maintained and operated a Large Trader Reporting System (“LTRS”) as...more

Further Delays in Transatlantic Clearing Accord

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad, and Jonathan Hill, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, released a joint statement on May 7 relating to the...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q1 – 2015 |

Inside This Issue: - Executive Summary - PRC Legal and Regulatory Updates - Major Enforcement News - China Communist Party Titles 101 - AIC Penalties Increase Risk of Dual Enforcement Actions - Frequently Asked...more

OFAC Publishes Guidance Regarding Travel Between U.S. and Cuba, Releases Updated FAQs Regarding Cuba-Related Sanctions

On May 5, OFAC issued new Guidance Regarding Travel Between the U.S. and Cuba, which provides information on the types of individuals and cargo that can be transported between the U.S. and Cuba by a licensed air carrier or...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Security-based Swap Activity of Non-US Persons in the United States

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed some additional rules for security-based swaps (SBS) that reflect a firm belief (shared by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission) that derivatives activity...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2015

In this issue: - US Federal Banking Agencies Issue Guidance on Regulation Z and Regulation X - European Banking Authority Consults on Identification Methodology for Global Systemically Important Institutions...more

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

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 17

In this issue: - SEC Proposes New Pay-for-Performance Rules - NASAA Launches a Streamlined Filing Process for Form D - CFTC Proposal Eases Trade Option Obligations for Non-SD/MSP Counterparties -...more

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