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DOJ Issues Opinion, Provides (Some) Comfort on Successor Liability

In a recent Opinion Procedure Release (OPR), Number 14-02, the U.S. Department of Justice expressly limited successor liability for a US company purchasing a non-US company that had paid bribes in the past. In so doing, DOJ...more

DOJ Is Moving Away From The Halliburton Opinion

The U.S. Department of Justice just issued its most recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act opinion release, only the second in 2014. The requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to...more

DOJ Clarifies Successor Liability for Foreign Acquisitions in Latest Opinion Release

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its second public opinion release of the year in response to a question posed regarding the applicability of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to a...more

DOJ Penalty Warns: Do Not Jump the Gun

The Department of Justice’s recent $4.95 million settlement of claims of illegal premerger coordination – also known as "gun jumping" – between two particleboard manufacturers reminds parties to exercise care over pre-closing...more

Antitrust In Australia: Where Is It Heading?

The ACCC argues the current wording of section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) (which regulates misuse of market power) does not sufficiently capture exclusionary anti-competitive conduct that can damage the...more

France: A Court of Appeals Decision Provides Helpful Guidance Regarding an Employer’s Obligations When Consulting with Employee...

Before agreeing and executing a business sale involving a transfer of a business, an international publishing company (Wolters Kluwer) consulted its works council. The works council refused to deliver its opinion and issued...more

Buying an FCPA Violation Mergers and Acquisition Risks [Video]

FCPA risks are significant when companies acquire other companies. The Justice Department and the SEC have imposed "successor" liability on companies for past bribery violations committed by an acquired company. Pre-closing...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - August 2014

China’s MOFCOM Blocks ‘P3 Alliance’ Despite EU, U.S. Non-Opposition - On June 17, 2014, China’s Ministry of Commerce, China’s competition regulator, prohibited the proposed “P3 Alliance” that would have combined the...more

SEC Settles Five Insider Trading Actions, Cooperation Key

The Commission filed two groups of settled insider trading actions centered on the merger of eBay, Inc. with Pennsylvania based e-commerce company GSI Commerce, Inc., announced on March 28, 2011. The first group traces to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending March 21, 2014)

The Commission improved its trial record this week, prevailing in a ten day jury trial centered on fraud in connection with the sale of mortgage backed securities that caused a $5 million loss to Ginnie Mae. The agency...more

"Health Care and Life Sciences: Affordable Care Act Rollout to Impact M&A and Enforcement Activity"

Health care and life sciences companies face a variety of issues in 2014, including further difficulties with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rollout because of legal and logistical challenges, the potential dampening of...more

Board Of Directors And Doing Business In China Under The FCPA

The case of GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) is still resonating across the corporate globe....more

Bill Baer Announces First Major Policy Shift And Provides 2013 Antitrust Division Update

Bill Baer assumed his post as leader of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division in January of this year and is starting to make his mark....more

Savonarola And The Need To Evaluate Compliance In Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence

I have always found one of the most fascinating figures of the Florentine Renaissance to be Girolamo Savonarola, who effectively ruled Florence from 1494-1498....more

Take 5 Newsletter: Restrictive Covenants, Federal Trade Secret Enforcement Initiative, Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Liability for...

In the area of trade secrets and non-compete law, there continue to be notable developments at the state and federal levels. Here are five recent ones. ...more

OSC Disclosure Obligations Under The Securities Act (Ontario)

On January 11, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) delivered its decision in Re Rankin, upholding the decision of the Ontario Securities Commission (the “Commission”) dismissing an Application to...more

Mergers & Acquisitions: Shifting Sands in Canadian Anti-Bribery and Trade Control Laws Raise the Stakes in Due Diligence

Recent developments in Canadian anti-corruption, economic sanctions, and export control laws are having a significant impact on the due diligence that should be conducted on potential targets in the context of mergers and...more

Canada Imposes Wide-Reaching Export, Import and Investment Bans Against Iran

Effective May 29, 2013, Canada significantly expanded its existing economic sanctions measures against Iran by implementing a general ban on supplying or sourcing goods to or from Iran and a prohibition on making any...more

How to Minimize FCPA Risk in Health Care Acquisitions

When acquiring a health care company doing business abroad, there is no such thing as being too thorough with anti-corruption due diligence. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have the...more

Anti-Corruption: Effective Compliance Begins with the Assessment of Risks

Virtually every authoritative source of guidance on effective anti-corruption compliance emphasizes the importance of conducting a company-wide “risk assessment.” For example, U.S. authorities have stressed with regard to the...more

Restatements Resurrected?: Accounting Fraud By The Numbers

Several months ago, I raised the question of why the large-scale accounting fraud cases of the type that had been so prevalent in the early 2000s were no longer a staple for either federal prosecutors or the SEC. In so doing,...more

SEC And FBI Try To Ketchup To Heinz Insider Traders

In the latest development in an SEC lawsuit filed Friday, February 15, U.S. District Judge Rakoff extended a freeze on a Swiss Goldman Sachs account linked to possible insider trading in H.J. Heinz Company call options. The...more

A Busy Year in Court: Canadian Competition Law in 2012

2012 was a busy year for Canadian competition litigation, as numerous cases were heard or decided. The Supreme Court of Canada heard three class proceedings cases involving the Competition Act and the Competition Tribunal had...more

New Competition Regulation in the United Arab Emirates - Considerations for Commercial Practices and Transactions

This briefing identifies the types of practices and transactions in which domestic competition law might be relevant to doing business in the United Arab Emirates (the UAE) in light of the new federal competition law set to...more

Weekly Brief: UBS Smacked in LIBORgate Settlement [Video]

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. UBS announced a major settlement with US, UK and Swiss authorities for its role in rigging global interest rates. Also, Goldman...more

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