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Bridging the Week - April 2017 #2

SEC Chairman Nominee Advances: Jay Clayton took another step to becoming chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission when the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs approved his nomination for the...more

"A Trump-Appointed AG May Not Translate to Less Aggressive Enforcement"

Forecasting the enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Trump administration is difficult at best. Previous statements from both President Donald Trump and his nominee for attorney general, U.S....more

Warning to "Marijuana Investors" Consider Federal Enforcement

by Sanford Millar on

The Controlled Substances Act ("CSA") lists Marijuana (cannabis) as a Schedule 1 drug. That means "the drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Efforts to reclassify marijuana...more

District Court Upholds Indictment of Turkish/Iranian Billionaire Charged with Evading US Economic Sanctions against Iran

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman denied a motion to dismiss the indictment in the closely followed criminal prosecution of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish/Iranian businessman charged with conspiring to evade U.S. economic...more

New Jersey Man Prosecuted for Funneling Campaign Contributions from Foreign Source

by Williams Mullen on

Much of the U.S. media overlooked a Bill of Information filed in United States District Court in New Jersey on June 29. The information charged Bilal Shehu, an Albanian immigrant, with unlawfully funneling $80,000 from a...more

South Carolina Enacts its First Law Regulating Money Transmission

by Bryan Cave on

Last month South Carolina joined 48 other states in regulating money transmission with unanimous passage of House Bill 4554. The bill, enacting the South Carolina Anti-Money Laundering Act, provides the framework for...more

Legislative Update

by Brooks Pierce on

With negotiations on the budget bill (HB 1030) still continuing outside the public view, this week the General Assembly focused on other issues. Tax Proposals; Services Tax Clarifications and New Market Jobs Act - ...more

Private Equity and the Och-Ziff Enforcement Action

by Michael Volkov on

Since 2010, the Justice Department and the SEC have been “investigating” a number of private equity and hedge funds for FCPA violations. The launch of the inquiries was a big deal with lots of fanfare and focus on private...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #4

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - House of Representatives approves bill requiring warrants for email searches - It was a productive week on the Hill, as the House passed the Email...more

The Panama Effect: UK Government accelerates proposals to criminalise failure to prevent tax evasion

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

10 considerations for professionals and corporates worldwide in advance of the new law. Overview - In a move widely seen as a response to the so-called “Panama Papers” revelations, the UK Government has enhanced...more

French Anti-Corruption Reform Expected In 2016

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

France to introduce significant changes affecting large companies and top management, to improve current anti-bribery system. The French Parliament is expected to enact “Sapin II” on transparency, anti-corruption and...more

New Business Opportunities in Iran! Who Will Be Your Banker? Non-U.S. Banks Hesitant to Process Lawful Iran Transactions…and for...

- Sanctions relief presents new business opportunities with Iran - Most U.S. companies are still prohibited from Iran business, but the U.S. government is encouraging lawful business by non-U.S. companies - The...more

Sharper Teeth For Sanctions Enforcement?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The current UK sanctions enforcement regime is a complicated web reflecting the requirements of UN Security Council Regulations, EU Regulations, and UK Primary and Secondary Legislation. Penalties for breaches of sanctions...more

UK Financial Sanctions Enforcement – New Powers and Tougher Sentences

by Dechert LLP on

The UK Government put a package of proposals to Parliament in February to increase both the type and the potential severity of consequences for persons and companies who breach EU financial sanctions. If approved, these...more

A "French Bribery (and Sunshine) Act" is about to be launched - a legal revolution is underway in France

by Reed Smith on

France has been for a long time lagging behind on the field of anti-corruption laws. In 2012, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development raised serious concerns regarding the lack of bribery convictions in...more

Cash for Scalps: Governor Cuomo Announces New Round of Grants for Tax Prosecutions

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Last week, Governor Cuomo announced the latest round of grants to district attorneys’ offices in 29 New York State counties under the Crimes Against Revenue Program (also known as “CARP”). The program provides substantial...more

Africa Update - November 2015 #2

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Leading the News: Egypt - On November 5th, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his belief it was possible there was a bomb on board the Russian passenger jet that went down in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last week....more

DOJ’s first prosecution for campaign finance coordination — a sign of things to come?

by LeClairRyan on

With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing, pundits, reformers and the media are once again shining a light on the role of independent-expenditure-only committees, aka “super PACs,” in the American political process....more

The Political Implications Of UK's Tom Hayes Verdict

by WilmerHale on

On Monday, Aug. 3, Tom Hayes was convicted and sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment for his part in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor). The result has attracted attention because it was the first...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

Campaign Coordination: Warning to Political Candidates and Related Super PACs

by Williams Mullen on

Tyler Harber’s prosecution, and the two year federal prison sentence he recently received, are clearly warning shots across the bow of federal political campaigns around the country. And the blatant and unsympathetic nature...more

"Department of Justice Secures Sentence in First Super PAC Coordination Case"

The Department of Justice recently concluded its first criminal prosecution of coordination between an independent-expenditure-only committee (super PAC) and a campaign committee. On June 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court for...more

Structuring Trips Up Speaker Hastert

by Williams Mullen on

Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert entered the well of a courtroom in the Northern District of Illinois earlier this week to enter a plea of not guilty to charges that he structured...more

EU: new AML rules approved by the Council of Europe

by DLA Piper on

On 20 April 2015, the Council of Europe adopted its position at the first reading on new rules aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. This is the part of the final stages of the passage of what will...more

"Facilitation": A New Tool for Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Recent OFAC and DOJ actions have focused on certain entities – overseas financial institutions – and particular conduct – US dollar clearing and associated “stripping.” The DOJ’s recent $232 million settlement and negotiated...more

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