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China's “RoHS 2” Regulation: What Manufacturers Must Know

After years of deliberation and industry anticipation, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) promulgated the “RoHS 2” regulation on January 21, 2016, with the formal (translated) title “Management...more

Trade & Manufacturing - January 2016

Important Decisions Reached in Nairobi at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference - On December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial...more

Volkswagen refuses to share emails with the U.S. Investigators, citing privacy concerns

German auto manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) is reportedly using German privacy laws to resist turning over its top executives’ internal corporate emails and other communication materials to United States attorneys general and...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2016

On 12 December 2015, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement that many have described as a historic turning point for global cooperation in addressing climate change. This article looks at the key elements of the Paris...more

World Leaders Reach Climate Change Agreement in Paris

On December 12, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement that many have described as a historic turning point for global cooperation in addressing climate change. This article looks at the key elements of the Paris...more

The Five Top Compliance Related Events of 2015

Having gone through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement year for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), I would now like to turn to my Top Five compliance related events...more

European Commission Work Programme 2016: 'No Time for Business as Usual'

According to the European Commission Work Programme 2016 entitled 'No time for business as usual', this year the European Union is facing new challenges to which the Commission wants to respond in an ambitious and fruitful...more

LNG Bunkering in Asia: Fueling a Promising Future?

I. Introduction - Today, the LNG bunkering market is significantly growing due to stricter environmental regulations across the globe and in spite of the depressed oil price. Particularly in Asia, LNG bunkering has...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.5.16

US stocks followed their global counterparts yesterday on a nasty open to 2016 on Wall Street – NYTimes and WSJ... Andrew Ross Sorkin makes a byline appearance in Dealbook to discuss “designated lender counsel”—a “rather...more

The Paris Agreement and Business Interruption Coverage

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." — Benjamin Franklin On Dec. 12, 2015, in LeBourget, France, world leaders announced an agreement on a climate change accord which they touted as...more

Star Wars Week Part V – Mistakes of the Galactic Empire (and VW)

Today, we conclude our week long exploration of the original Star Wars trilogy, all posted in conjunction with three podcasts, subtitled May The Podcast Be With You, where we use one movie as a staring point to review Foreign...more

SHE Matters: Business Implications of the Commission's New Circular Economy Strategy

Towards the end of 2015, the European Commission is due to publish its new, 'more ambitious' Circular Economy Strategy. The Strategy will develop proposals outlined in July 2014 which were controversially withdrawn at the...more

Carbon Markets and Renewable Energy Update (Australia): Insights from Inside the Paris Climate Negotiations - Remaining Challenges...

As the government teams at COP21 in Paris go into overdrive, the temperature is beginning to rise in the negotiations and while all hopes are firmly set on a successful outcome, there is a considerable way to go on a number...more

Brother Can You Spare Some (Compliance) Advice?

Usually I have Houston professional sports teams to hold high as example of true bone headedness around compliance issues. However, as my beloved Houston Astros took the World Series Champions, KC Royals, to the 7th inning of...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q3 2015

On August 12, a series of explosions in the northern port-city of Tianjin killed over one hundred people and injured hundreds of others. The explosions were allegedly caused by hazardous chemical materials in shipping...more

Renewable Energy and Climate Change Update

International negotiations on climate change have been ramping up. It is looking increasingly likely that a new global treaty on climate change will be concluded by the end of the year in Paris. Based on the current state...more

TSCA 101 for Importers: Good Faith is No Defense to Faulty Compliance Certification

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulates the manufacture, use, disposal, and import of chemical substances in the United States. By defining the term “manufacture” to include the term “import,” TSCA places the...more

EPA Proposes Revisions to Hazardous Waste Import-Export Rules

On October 19, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant modifications to rules governing the export and import of hazardous waste. The proposal would affect transboundary shipments...more

Focus on Government: Canadian Federal Election 2015

With polls now closed and the longest federal campaign in recent Canadian political history officially over, a Liberal government is the new reality for Canada. In winning the election, the Liberals become the first...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part V – Protection Afforded From a Compliance Program

Today, I wrap up my series on why I think compliance is at the Tipping Point. However as it is a Friday in October, I continue my tribute to the Man in the Shadows, producer Val Lewton, whose films for RKO had some of the...more

Solving the Chicken and the Egg Problem: Increasing Natural Gas Demand and Building Pipeline

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently laid out his vision for America’s energy future. Not coincidentally, Mr. Bush made this announcement in the heart of the Marcellus shale region. In the last decade, natural gas...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part III – The VW Emissions-Testing Scandal

I continue my series on why I believe that compliance is at the ‘Tipping Point’ with a discussion of the Volkswagen (VW) emissions-testing scandal and its effect on the greater compliance world. Myself and many other...more

House Passes Legislation Despite Chaos

Amid a House in chaos as a result of a Republican leadership vacuum, the U.S. House of Representatives managed to pass legislation (H.R. 702) last Friday to lift a 40-year ban on exports of domestic crude oil. Although 26...more

How Can the Automotive Industry Strengthen Its Regulatory Compliance Process and Reduce Its Compliance Risks?

Many Americans listened last week to the admissions by the now former President of Volkswagen that the company had been “dishonest” and had cheated on the U.S. emissions tests. How was this happening at the world’s #1...more

VW Emissions Testing Scandal – View from the Board

The Board of Directors role in the Volkswagen (VW) emissions test scandal is one that is only now being scrutinized. In an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled “Problems at VW Start at the Boardroom”, James B....more

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