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Reporting Requirement for All U.S. Persons That Hold Interests in Foreign Affiliates

Pursuant to the requirements of the International Investment and Trade and Services Survey Act and related statutes, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) collects information on international...more

Corruption Risks for Investors

Instances of corruption can have a significant impact on a company’s finances and reputation. Violations of regulations such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or the UK Bribery Act can mean substantial penalties,...more

Why Did BHP Billiton Settle an FCPA Case Including 7+ Year-Old Conduct?

Remember the Water Cube from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? BHP Billiton has probably had reason to think about it recently. On Wednesday it settled an FCPA case with the SEC arising out of the company’s sponsoring the...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

EU Securities – Proposed Settlement System to Facilitate London Listings of US Companies

Historically, due to certain restrictions under US securities laws, equity securities of US companies and other companies that do not qualify as “foreign private issuers” under US securities laws (collectively, “US-Based...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

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

Blog: An End To IFRS In The U.S.?

On May 7, in remarks before a financial reporting conference in NYC, the SEC’s Chief Accountant, James Schnurr, signaled the end of the SEC’s efforts to converge International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) with U.S....more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Recent Prosecutions and Settlements: FCPA Enforcement Trends and Developments: Recent U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement trends include the growing importance of corporate...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #3

CFTC Chairman Discloses Second Phase of Regulatory Review Before Senate Committee; Commissioner Giancarlo Questions Position Limits Proposal Before Energy Risk Summit - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures...more

ESMA Publishes Clearing Obligation CP for Additional IRS Classes

On May 11, ESMA published a consultation paper (CP) on the clearing obligation for additional classes of interest rate derivatives, including fixed-to-floating interest rate swaps denominated in Czech Republic koruna (CZK),...more

Be Prepared for the BEA’s Increased Reporting Requirements and Upcoming Deadlines

Private equity firms are subject to new mandatory BEA reporting requirements on US direct investment abroad and foreign direct investment in the US. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the US Department of...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 159-Alison Taylor on the intersection of CSR and the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I visit with Alison Taylor of BSR about the organizational behavior issues around bribery and corruption and the intersection of Corporate Social Responsibility and the FCPA. ...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

"CFTC Issues Revised Embedded Volumetric Optionality Interpretation for Swaps"

On May 12, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued revised interpretive guidance for forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). In 2012, the CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Joint Committee Report on Securitization

On May 12, 2015, the Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a report detailing its findings and recommendations regarding the disclosure requirements and obligations relating to due...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

ESMA Publishes Consultation Paper on Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

On May 11, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a fourth consultation paper (ESMA/2015/807) on the clearing obligation under EMIR (the Regulation on OTC derivative transactions, central...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

ESMA Updates Q&A on Application of AIFMD

On May 12, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its Q&A paper on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (AIFMD)...more

ESMA Releases Final Guidance on the Definition of Physically Settled Commodity Derivatives Under MiFID I

On May 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued final guidelines (Guidelines) clarifying the definition of physically settled commodity derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive...more

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