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King Arthur Week, King Arthur and Leadership – Part I

I have been studying the legend of King Arthur and thought it would be good idea to have a week of blog posts around the legend of King Arthur, the Roundtable and his knights. Today I begin with King Arthur and some...more

FBAR Case Rules on Unknown Issues

A recent FBAR decision weighs in on some unknown and uncertain penalty issues relating to failure to file FBARs. These issues include...more

California Attorney General Seeks Supply Chain Transparency Information from Businesses

Recently, a number of large retail and manufacturing companies doing business in California may have been surprised to receive a letter from the California Attorney General asking them to demonstrate compliance with the...more

Questioning Prosecutorial Discretion

Prosecutors have taken a few lumps lately. Based on my own experience, most prosecutors are dedicated, hard-working, public servants who are committed to “doing the right thing.”...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 1st Quarter 2015

Stock Market Commentary - Despite the stock market's nearly 6% surge in February following a bumpy January, March brought heightened volatility, which nearly dissolved the year-to-date gains. The S&P 500 finished the...more

NGO Study Outlines Best Practices for SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Compliance

On April 22, 2015, two human rights non-governmental organizations, Amnesty International and Global Witness, published a report, Digging for Transparency (the “Report”), analyzing compliance by US reporting companies with...more

CBSA CLVS Seizure Policy Targets Exporters and Ups the Ante on Non-Resident Importers

Background to the Courier Low Value Shipment (CLVS) Program - When goods are purchased through e-commerce or mail order, conventionally Canadian consumers or non-resident importers (i.e., the exporters in most cases)...more

New SEC Rules Allow Private Companies Access to Larger Amounts of Capital (Regulation A+)

Many companies should be able to take advantage of new SEC rules that will permit them to sell up to $50 million of securities to investors in a 12-month period without “going public.” TWO TIER SCHEME - Rules...more

Swiss Bank Settlements-What's Next for U.S. Taxpayer's?

The Department of Justice has released the signed Non-Prosecution Agreement NPA) with Swiss bank BSI SA. The Non-Prosecution Agreement is likely the precursor to enhanced enforcement efforts by the DOJ and IRS against those...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Hong Kong

Hong Kong – China Mutual Recognition Scheme (the “Scheme”) - An opportunity to market HK-domiciled and authorized funds to Mainland retail investors is starting to take shape. There is keen expectation that this Scheme...more

The Easter Rebellion and Petrobras’ $17 Billion Write Down

On this day, 99 years ago the Easter Rebellion began. If there is one event that is seared into history as a turning point for Irish independence from Britain, it was the Easter Rebellion. England had finally granted Home...more

FCPA Enforcement – Watching the Enforcement River Flow

FCPA investigations are complex, time-intensive and far-reaching. They take time and resources. DOJ and the SEC have been criticized lately for failing to move their cases in a timely fashion. Criminal Division AAG Leslie...more

New Volcker Rule FAQ Allows Non-U.S. Banks to Make Certain Investments Despite Offerings to U.S. Residents

Federal regulators recently issued a new interpretation of Title VI of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — commonly referred to as the "Volcker Rule" — that makes it significantly easier for...more

Lessons of the Deutsche Bank Story

Deutsche Bank, a German lender agreed to plead guilty and pay $2.5 billion to settle with regulators in the United States and the United Kingdom in connection with criminal charges that it rigged and manipulated the London...more

E-commerce inquiry may affect the fashion sector

The Emperor's new clothes may undergo some changes as the fashion sector is currently under the magnifying glass of numerous competition authorities throughout Europe....more

Change to Civil and Commercial Proceedings | Procédure civile et commerciale

A new obligation requires parties to seek amicable resolution to a dispute before referring it to the court. A New Obligation Entered into Force on 1 April 2015 - Since 1 April 2015, parties to a civil or...more

Soaring Chinese investment in the UK - but when will the North get its share?

Chinese companies are growing in the UK at an unprecedented rate, adding a significant contribution to the UK economy through growth and employment. Research by the China Daily into UK businesses with Chinese parent...more

Opening the Market: An Update on Direct Investment into Listed Shares in Saudi Arabia

After years of speculation that the Saudi Stock Exchange (Saudi Tadawul) may be opening up for direct investment by foreigners into listed entities in Saudi Arabia, the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia (CMA) published...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of EU 261 Claims - Direct Claims Under EU 261 Are Only Actionable in EU Member States

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Volodarskiy v. Delta Airlines, Inc. follows numerous District Court opinions holding that EU 261 does not provide a right of action enforceable outside the EU...more

From Hiring To Firing: A Basic Guide To The Thai Employment Law Life Cycle

Recruitment - Recruiting in Thailand is often done through database recruitment, licensed headhunting firms, or by placing advertisements in newspapers and various media or on the internet. With regards to hiring of new...more

2015 Federal Budget Highlights Recent Changes to Competition and Foreign Investment Policy

Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled the 2015 federal budget before the House of Commons on April 21, 2015. The budget highlighted recent policy changes in competition law and foreign investment review, including new powers for...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 153-Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn [Video]

The energy industry is in turmoil from the drop in the price of oil from $100 down to around $50 per barrel. Many energy companies have laid off up to 30% of their workforce. What can you do from the compliance perspective...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #4

FINRA’s Retrospective Rule Review Process Continues. On April 16, FINRA announced that the FINRA Board of Governors had authorized FINRA to publish a regulatory notice requesting comment on proposed amendments to Rules 2210...more

New US sanctions program to combat cybercrimes: 3 action steps for tech companies

The new sanctions in President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” target individuals and...more

Brazil Bribery Scandal Reaches Advertising Agencies

Humans are good at avoidance and can even reach a state of blatant disregard. The corruption news coming out of Brazil is so far-reaching that it is almost numbing....more

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