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OECD Slams France for Lacklustre Bribery & Corruption Enforcement

International pressure is mounting for France to boost their anti-bribery and corruption efforts, but French organisations face the most serious risks—and have the greatest need for strong compliance programmes—today....more

SEC – NY AG Halt Fraudulent Investment Scheme

The SEC teamed last week with the New York AG to halt an on-going investment fund fraud run by a Pakistani citizen residing in New York. The SEC obtained a freeze order. The NY AG filed criminal charges and arrested the...more

"France's Double-Trial System for Market Abuses May Be Headed for Reform"

In 2015, the French double-trial system for market abuses will be referred to the Constitutional Council for an assessment of the system’s constitutionality under the double jeopardy rule (or, using the Latin maxim, the ne...more

Alstom Joins Santa’s Naughty List – In a Very Big Way

The North Pole for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action announcements seems to have temporarily moved south for the month of December. Last week there was the final announcement of the long-standing Avon...more

A New Prosecutorial Frontier: SEC Seeks Bans on Municipal Officials

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) was recently granted a preliminary agreement by a federal judge to bar a municipal official from participating in future bond sales. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the...more

Searching for Greener Pastures: SEC Insider Trading Enforcement in a Post-Newman Era

In United States v. Newman, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dealt a substantial blow to federal prosecutors’ epic crackdown on insider trading by raising the bar for the government’s burden of proof in...more

Justices Scalia and Thomas Amenable to Reexamining Deference to SEC Statutory Interpretations

Like Prince Charming searching for the foot that fit the glass slipper, Justice Scalia recently issued a statement advising that he and Justice Thomas would be receptive to granting certiorari to a petition properly...more

Recent Key Bitcoin and Virtual Currency Regulatory and Law Enforcement Developments

In recent months, US federal and state regulators have continued to focus on Bitcoin and the adoption of a regulatory framework for it and other "virtual currencies," as well as the enforcement of existing securities laws to...more

Food and Hospitality Bites - Autumn 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: - Allergen labelling – the new requirements - Licensing and deregulation - Late Night Levy – Update - The new Tobacco Products Directive - The Horsemeat Scandal - The Alcohol Misuse Manifesto...more

Law Enforcement Bliss: The SEC As Policeman, Judge and Jury

New York’s Southern District Court Judge Jed Rakoff is always worth listening to. He expresses trenchant views about the rule of law elegantly and politely. He is fearlessly independent. Prosecutors in the US, who are...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought a series of administrative proceedings this week and one civil injunctive action. The civil injunctive action was an insider trading case. The administrative proceedings centered on FCPA violations, the...more

Rengan Rajaratnam Settlement Exposes Weak Point in SEC’s Newish Admissions Policy

You remember Rengan Rajaratnam, right? He broke the S.D.N.Y.’s long streak of insider trading victories when a jury acquitted him in July. I wondered what the effect on his case with the SEC would be. Would he settle? ...more

Corporate Responses to Investigative Requests by the Federal Government

In light of these new realities corporations face, the first step a company should take is to establish internal guidelines addressing interaction with government agents. Companies should have a response policy in place and...more

Supreme Court Nets Sarbanes-Oxley Case Involving Fisherman

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case that will determine the fate of a fisherman whose attempt to avoid penalties for catching undersized fish netted him a conviction for violating a law designed to prevent...more

Stacking the Deck: SEC’s Use of Administrative Proceedings

The SEC has a real perception problem. They cannot win in court. Whether this is fair or not, the SEC needs to move beyond this fear of losing since it only undermines the integrity of its enforcement program....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

FDA clarifies its stance on cheese making. On June 13, the FDA issued a clarification stating it “does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making, nor is there any requirement in effect...more

Banks’ High Cost of Doing Business with the Marijuana Industry

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, making it the first state to allow for the medical use of marijuana. To date, a total of twenty-one states and the District of Columbia allow for comprehensive public medical...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Due Process Challenge to Liquor License Revocation

The Illinois Supreme Court appeared skeptical of a due process challenge to revocation of a liquor license during the recent oral argument in WISAM 1, d/b/a Sheridan Liquors v. Illinois Liquor Control Commission. ...more

Corporate Compliance Policies – Interview with Bridget Rohde, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bridget Rohde, Member of Mintz Levin's Litigation Practice, discusses the importance of comprehensive corporate compliance policies....more

What to Do When the Government Comes Calling – Interview with Peter Chavkin, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Peter Chavkin, Chair of Mintz Levin's White Collar Criminal Defense & Parallel Proceedings and Corporate Compliance & Internal Investigations Practices, discusses the steps individuals and companies should take when...more

Corporate Criminal Liability – Interview with Bridget Rohde, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bridget Rohde, Member of Mintz Levin's Litigation Practice, discusses corporate criminal liability for the actions of employees and how companies can protect themselves....more

Justice Department and SEC Issue Guidance on Anti-Bribery Law

Originally published in Swampfox - January 22, 2013. In November 2012 the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a 120-page “resource guide” to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. ...more

The Financial Services Act 2012 – Misleading Statements, Impressions and Financial Promotions

Background - In our previous DechertOnPoints, The Draft Financial Services Bill in the Contextof the Proposed New UK Financial Regulatory Structure and Draft UK Financial Services Bill and the New UK Financial...more

Rolls-Royce Brings in Lord Gold – Is it Thinking Big Enough?

In December 2012 the BBC online service reported that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited (Rolls-Royce) was in talks with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) regarding potential allegations of bribery and corruption in Indonesia and...more

The HSBC AML Settlement - Lessons Learned for the AML Compliance Practitioner

I recently wrote about banks behaving badly. Currently, Exhibit A in that list is HSBC. In December, 2012, the UK banking giant HSBC agreed to pay a fine of $1.92 billion for its transgressions involving money laundering....more

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