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Court Finds That Enron’s Fraud Does Not Void Contract Entered Into With Enron Subsidiary

A federal appellate court has upheld a district court order enforcing an arbitration award by the ICC against the Republic of Nigeria in favor of Enron Nigeria Power Holdings, Ltd. (“ENPH”), a former subsidiary of Enron...more

Recidivism Under the FCPA: Zimmer Biomet

Last week Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. paid a high price for its and its predecessors failure to comply with the terms and conditions of 2012 Deferred Prosecution Agreement (the “2012 DPA”). Biomet, having originally paid $23...more

The Road to Recall: Evaluating Defects for Substantial Product Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission) is the regulatory agency responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. Pursuant to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

Mondelez FCPA Enforcement Action — An Abuse of Prosecutorial Discretion?

The first FCPA enforcement action for 2017 landed with very little fanfare. The SEC reached a settlement with Mondelez International for $13 million. The facts surround the hiring of an agent in India and the failure of...more

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Finalized

On January 11, U.S. and Swiss authorities announced final agreement on the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The Framework defines standards for handling personal data exported from Switzerland to the U.S. and enables U.S....more

NAFTA Discussions May Alter New Rule on Lease of Equipment by Mexican Carriers

It is common knowledge that a major platform of President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign was the need to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Thus, it leaves open the...more

Current Administration Proposes Significant Changes to EB-5 Program

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced potential changes that could significant impact the EB-5 investor visa program. The EB-5 investor visa was originally established by Congress in 1990 to attract foreign...more

Things Manufacturers Should Be Watching In 2017 In The Areas of Corporate Compliance / Litigation

As is our annual tradition, this is the first in a series of posts that provide industry and legal outlooks for manufacturers as we head into 2017. I will start with corporate compliance and litigation. Matt will follow...more

What is Your Ethical Culture?

The indictments last week of executives from Tanaka and Volkswagen roiled many in the business world and ethics and compliance arena. Coming on the heels of the Wells Fargo scandal, one might wonder how corporations can stop...more

Managing global telecom supply chains – What telecommunications companies need to know about trade control laws

Maintaining a global supply chain brings its share of commercial, financial, and regulatory risks. Increasingly, telecommunications companies with global operations and suppliers are finding that U.S. trade control laws...more

Rail Issues Before the New Administration

There was a plenty of rail-related activity during the 114th Congress and the last two years of the Obama Administration. Amtrak and the Surface Transportation Board (STB) were reauthorized with major changes to Amtrak's...more

The Real Explanation for the Record Year for FCPA Enforcement

All the FCPA prognosticators, predictors and paparazzi have missed the boat on understanding what happened this year – 2016, to make this a record year in FCPA enforcement. As a former public servant for over 20 years, I am...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 1 - January 2017

As we enter our sixth year of publication, I am reminded of the old curse (or is it a blessing?), “may you live in interesting times.” Before our next edition is published, a new President will be seated in the Oval Office...more

Brexit: UK Trade Outside The UK

Roughly half of all UK trade is with non-EU countries1. It is argued that Brexit will accelerate the growth of this trade by enabling the UK to strike its own trade deals, particularly with the world’s largest and most...more

Culture: Meeting Regulatory Expectations

“Culture remains a key driver of significant risks … and the root cause of high-profile and significant failings. Our focus on culture in financial services firms and its impact on conduct has been, and remains, a priority....more

The Undoing Project – Why NAFTA Can’t be Undone, but Can be Re-Done

Boy, does it sound convincing when Mr. Trump states he will submit notice under section 2205 of NAFTA to let Mexico and Canada know that the U.S. will withdraw from NAFTA. The problem is, while the president-to-be is capable,...more

New IRS Reporting Rule Could Bite Unwary Foreign Investors

There are two main sources of reporting requirements for foreign investors in the United States — the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The IRS recently upped its game by requiring reports from...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

Trump, Canada and the Future of NAFTA: Some FAQs

As Inauguration Day approaches we are receiving many questions about Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate or “tear up” the NAFTA, most of them turning on what he can do and what would it mean for Canada-United States trade....more

Swiss-US Privacy Shield Will Replace Swiss-US Data Protection Safe Harbor

On January 11, 2017, the Swiss Federal Council announced that a new framework will govern the transfer of personal data from Switzerland to the US. According to the Federal Council, the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework...more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

Privacy Certifications and Trustbrands In the EU: A Comparison of US Law, EU Law, and Soon-To-Be EU Law

In the United States, privacy certifications, or “trustbrands,” are seals licensed by organizations to place on their homepage or within their privacy policy. The seals typically state, or imply, that the organization has...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Prohibition on Dealing or Investing in Industrial or Commercial Metals - On January 3, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC") finalized a rule that...more

Matt Ellis-The FCPA in Latin America

When I received my copy, my first thought was that, finally, it’s about time for this book to come out. Then I read it and realized I was glad he put so much time into it. I am referring to Matt Ellis’ new book The FCPA in...more

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