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Supreme Court Holds That Courts Must Defer To Arbitrators In First Case Addressing International Investment Treaty Arbitration

On March 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided BG Group, PLC v. Republic of Argentina, the first case in which the Court addressed an international investment treaty arbitration (a case between a private investor...more

Deemed Public Officials: A Potential Risk for US Companies in Japan

Japan is one of the lower-risk countries for US companies in terms of compliance issues involving bribery and corruption. Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index places Japan 18th out of 177...more

Open for investment: How Mexico is paving the way for infrastructure investors

A step-change for Mexican infrastructure - Mexico enacted its new federal public-private partnership (PPP) law, Ley de Asociaciones Público Privadas (Law on Public-Private Partnerships), in January 2012. The...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

The Compliance Crystal Ball—Top 10 Compliance Trends For 2014

It is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014. 1. Executive Order 13627 Changes Government Contracting - Want a government contract...more

Proposed Anti-Human Trafficking Rule Could Significantly Affect Contractor Compliance Programs

U.S. government contractors and subcontractors may need to comply with two new federal procurement rules proposed by the Obama administration to prevent the use of forced labor. Affected companies should review and...more

Top 10 Compliance Trends For 2014

As 2013 wraps up, it is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014: 1. Executive Order 13627 on Trafficking in Government Contracts —...more

Red Notice Newsletter - December 2013

Introduction - Welcome to the December 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, an oil services giant agrees to pay over a quarter...more

European Parliament approves new funding opportunities for infrastructure projects

Summary - On 19 November, the European Parliament (“EP”) voted to approve the Connecting Europe Facility (“CEF”) Regulation. The CEF Regulation is likely to become law early in 2014. The CEF Regulation is a funding...more

Risk-based due diligence of third-party intermediaries: a scorecard approach

Companies operating internationally often engage numerous – sometimes even thousands – of third parties around the world to help facilitate their business. Alongside the growth of such relationships, the risks posed by them...more

Økt Grad Av Konkurranseutsetting Og Bruk Av Ops-Prosjekter Med Den Nye Høyre/Frp-Regjeringen – En Oversikt Over Nye...

Mandag denne uken la den kommende regjeringen frem sin politiske plattform. Den nye regjeringen fremhever som et sentralt element at de vil bygge sin politikk “på målet om en mest mulig effektiv bruk av fellesskapets...more

Focus On Hiring Relatives Of Foreign Officials: A Serious Bribery Risk?

The latest hub-bub about hiring of relatives of foreign officials under the FCPA has raised a number of interesting questions. JP Morgan’s recent disclosure of its hiring practices, the existence of a list of such hires...more

All In The Family: Enforcement Focus On Hiring Of Relatives Of Foreign Officials

Can you imagine being the public relations director for China these days?...more

Major Changes to U.S. Export Laws Go into Effect October 15, 2013: Is Your Company Ready?

New rules implementing export control reforms become effective October 15, 2013. The keystone of these reform efforts is to transfer jurisdiction of less sensitive military items currently controlled under the International...more

What Export Control Reform Means for You: Let Us Cl-EAR Up Changes to the ITAR – Episode I: The Basics – Five Points to Remember...

The first major wave of the much-discussed U.S. Export Control Reform measures will break on October 15, 2013 as the first round of rule changes take effect. While many in the affected industries expect that the October...more

Russian Legislation Update - May through June 2013

In This Issue: - Procurement - Electric Power/Renewable Energy Sources - First Reading: Public Sector Companies - Excerpt from Procurement: On 7 June 2013 the President signed Federal Law No. 115-FZ...more

Status of Key Aspects of Export Control Reform

On April 16, 2013, the State Department and the Commerce Department published the first set of final rules in the Federal Register to implement the Obama administration’s Export Control Reform Initiative. The State Department...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2013

In This Issue: - Report On China's Industrial Policies Shows Numerous Industries Receive Illegal Subsidies - Material Injury Standard For Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Investigations Still Subject To...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - June 2013

In this issue: - Supreme Court Holds in Favor of PPL in UK Windfall Profits Case - US District Court Rejects Talley and Permits a Business Expense Deduction for Part of Double Damages Payment Under the False...more

The Engineering and Construction Contract (NEC3): A Comparative Analysis – Part 2

Introduction - In our last Alert, we assessed the philosophy of the NEC Engineering and Construction Contract (“NEC3”) against the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects (“FIDIC Silver”), with a view to...more

New Changes to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act

On 16 March 2013, new regulations came into force in relation to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act. Enacted to incorporate a recent EU Directive, these new regulations introduce a maximum payment...more

Canadian Companies Beware: The Canadian Government Continues Its Focus on Anti-Corruption Prosecutions

Following on the heels of the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), events in Canada provide further reason for companies on both sides of the border to increase...more

A Closer Look at the Griffiths Energy Case: Lessons and Insights on Canadian Anti-Corruption Enforcement

On January 25, 2013, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench approved a $10.35 million penalty against Griffiths Energy International Inc. (Griffiths) for a violation of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act1 (CFPOA) in...more

Significant CFPOA Amendments Proposed to Strengthen Canada’s Anti-Corruption Regime

On February 5, 2013 Bill S-14, the Fighting Foreign Corruption Act was introduced in Canada’s Senate. It proposes the most significant amendments to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) since it came into...more

NDAA Imposes New Requirements and Restrictions for Defense Contractors

How will the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act impact your business as a government contractor? The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 ("NDAA") includes a number of...more

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