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Rare Court Case Sheds Light on U.S. Sanctions Enforcement

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

It is rare for companies to go to court to fight penalties imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for violations of U.S. sanctions. It is even more rare for a court to make any sort of finding against the...more

European Court of Justice Upholds Use of Evidence from Noncompetition Authority

by Jones Day on

The European Court of Justice ("CoJ") has upheld the European Commission's use of evidence transmitted by a national authority other than a Member State competition authority in a cartel investigation. The CoJ ruled on April...more

Tax Law Changes in Saudi Arabia

by Jones Day on

On June 11, 2017, the Saudi Arabian Excise Tax Law ("Excise Tax Law"), as enacted by Royal Decree No. M/86 and dated 27/8/1438 H / May 23, 2017, came into force in Saudi Arabia. The new law implements the GCC Unified...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - June 2017

CEO Executive Summary: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump administration’s intention to renegotiate NAFTA beginning Aug. 16. While he and his Mexican counterpart set Dec. 15 as...more

Oh, Hadn’t You Heard? You’re Violating French Law Right Now! France Gets Serieuse about Anti-Corruption

Ok, ok, don’t panic. Maybe not all of the millions of dedicated readers of this blog are in violation. Nevertheless, as of June 1, if your company does business in France, it may be time to check your anticorruption...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 12

by DLA Piper on

On June 8, the United States House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act of 2017, which would repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank...more

Has the FCPA changed the US business culture?

by Thomas Fox on

In the early 70’s the Lockheed corruption scandals came into light. Millions of dollars had been paid by the US aircraft corporation to public officials to guarantee contracts for military aircraft in Germany, Italy, Japan,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The US’s biggest banks had a good day yesterday on news that they “breezed through” the first phase of the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests—a good sign that they “have enough capital to withstand the type of financial...more

The Government Uses Multiple Tools to Fight Corruption

by Thomas Fox on

There are multiple ways to deal with an issue which can provide known and unforeseen benefits. Today we celebrate one of those as it was on this day in 1944, that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into...more

Force majeure and the Qatar crisis: implications for UAE businesses

by Dentons on

On 5 June 2017, the UAE announced that it would be severing all diplomatic ties with Qatar. In separate announcements, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt also severed ties with Qatar, with other countries in the region following...more

Saudi Arabia Update - June 2017

by Dentons on

Legal Developments - 10 minute SAGIA License - Companies carrying any foreign ownership in Saudi Arabia are required to have a foreign investment license issued by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)...more

Gas Company Receives First Declination of 2017 Under FCPA Pilot Program

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 16, 2017, announced its first declination of 2017 and the closing of its investigation of Linde North America Inc. and Linde Gas North America LLC (collectively, Linde) concerning...more

CCOs and Resources: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

by Michael Volkov on

The compliance profession is enjoying its moment of triumph. Chief compliance officers are earning substantial salaries and rewarded with high-level positions in the C-Suite and significant influence. CCOs are the hot...more

EU Retail News - June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

2017 is shaping up to be the year that the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice ("CAP") puts its foot down on how companies can advertise to children online. In recent months, CAP has published a multitude of guidance to...more

A Post-U.S. TPP? Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

by Bennett Jones LLP on

May 2017 may have been a turning point for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement entering into force. After the U.S. withdrawal from the Agreement in January 2017, the remaining TPP-11 countries openly questioned...more

Germany introduces legislation to facilitate corporate group insolvencies (Konzerninsolvenzrecht)

by DLA Piper on

Germany’s major legal reform aiming to facilitate group insolvencies takes effect on April 21, 2018 (full German text). The new law will allow insolvency proceedings over companies within a corporate group to be concentrated...more

US announces new Cuba sanctions policy, changing the landscape in key sectors

by Dentons on

On June 16, 2017, US President Donald Trump unveiled his much-anticipated Cuba sanctions policy in what was billed as a major speech in Miami, Florida. While implementing regulations have yet to be published, the president's...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Mexico Tender Round 2.1: Shallow Water Oil Sells Big

On June 19, 2017, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the First Tender of the Ronda Dos (“Round 2.1”), which was first announced on July 20, 2016. Round 2.1...more

Trump Administration Highlights Limitations of CFIUS Process

In separate public statements last week, two Trump administration cabinet secretaries expressed concerns with the national security review process of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). They also...more

President Trump Announces New Cuba Restrictions

by WilmerHale on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced new sanctions restrictions under the US embargo against Cuba. Although US policy since 2014 has been to normalize US-Cuba relations and liberalize trade with Cuba, President Trump...more

The Brexit Negotiations (1): What is the EU’s Opening Position?

by WilmerHale on

The Brexit negotiations started yesterday. After months of speculation as to what will be their focus, it may be useful to recall the European Union’s opening position (which we outline below) and the United Kingdom’s opening...more

Keeping up with the Convention: Ontario Modernizes Its International Commercial Arbitration Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A new statutory regime governing international commercial arbitration came into effect in Ontario in March 2017, with the International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017, SO 2017, c 2, replacing the International Commercial...more

Trump’s More Restrictive Cuba Policy: Specifics to Come

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017 during a speech in Miami, President Trump announced changes to US sanctions targeting Cuba. The speech announced two substantial changes to the previous administration’s Cuban sanctions regime: first, the new...more

PRC Cybersecurity Law: take action and monitor developments to avoid losing your China business

by DLA Piper on

The PRC Cybersecurity Law is three weeks old, and non-compliant international businesses are already facing severe consequences. Since 1 June, twenty-two people engaged by a global technology giant have been arrested, and...more

Sgt. Peppers at 50: She’s Leaving Home and Barclays Bank

by Thomas Fox on

It has unquestionably been a difficult year for Barclays. Whether any of its former executives will face any jail time for their actions back in the 2008 financial crisis is an open question. As for current bank chief Staley,...more

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