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EU-Vietnam Trade Deal

The EU and Vietnam have concluded the substantive elements of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), widely-hailed as one of the most ambitious and comprehensive such agreements that the EU has concluded with a developing country....more

P3 Turns the Lights On in Detroit, Michigan

The first freeway lighting system public-private-partnership (P3) in the U.S. closed on August 24, 2015, with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Freeway Lighting Partners, LLC, (FLP) reaching simultaneous...more

No Longer on Hold: SBA Resumes 7(a) Lending to Small Businesses

The 7(a) lending program is back on track. Last month, President Obama signed into law a bill that would raise the SBA’s lending authorization ceiling to $23.5 billion for its flagship lending program. With the bill’s...more

Private Equity Quarterly Report - Q2, 2015: Benesch Aerospace and Automotive Market Intelligence

Aerospace Market Overview - A record-setting year for aircraft orders has created a huge production backlog, which is good news for commercial aircraft manufacturers and tier suppliers. Elsewhere, machine vision,...more

Russian Legislation Update

Real Estate - On 13 July 2015 the President signed Federal Law No. 218-FZ “On State Registration of Real Estate.” The Law was adopted in order to simplify real estate and cadastral registration. It establishes a...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - August 2015

Are the Circuits A-Splitting? The Ninth Circuit Declines to Follow the Second Circuit's Insider Trading Decision in U.S. v. Newman - Why it matters: On July 6, 2015, the Ninth Circuit in U.S. v. Salman declined to...more

OIG finds CFPB headquarters renovation costs to be reasonable

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB (OIG) has issued a report on the results of its audit of the construction costs for the CFPB’s Washington, D.C. headquarters renovation. The renovation costs have been the...more

“Pay to Play” Developments

Based on recent announcements from the SEC and its Staff, changes may be forthcoming for advisers’ use of third-party solicitors for government entity clients....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed three actions following-up on its settled proceeding against Oppenheimer for selling millions of shares of unregistered penny stocks. Each individual settled with the agency. In addition, the Commission brought...more

Is the Renewable Energy Sources Act Undergoing a Fundamental Change? - Pilot tenders in accordance with the Ordinance for...

Review - “The Ordinance for Competitive Bidding for Financial Support of Freestanding Installations and for the Amendment of other Ordinances for the Promotion of Renewable Energies” largely entered into force on 12...more

"DC Circuit Unanimously Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban"

On July 7, 2015, the federal circuit court for the District of Columbia sitting en banc issued a unanimous opinion upholding the federal contractor contribution ban against a constitutional challenge in the long-running case...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds 44-Year-Old Ban: The answer is still “no” for individual federal contractors wishing to contribute to federal...

On July 7, 2015, in Wagner v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the ban on individual federal contractor contributions to federal candidates and political...more

June FCPA Compliance Digest | BONUS: Global Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering News

I love writing articles where I get to discuss companies making history. PetroTiger has been exonerated from criminal FCPA prosecution by the DOJ. That’s only happened once before, in the case of Morgan Stanley....more

Northeast Natural Energy, LLC - Making History for the Future of Energy

Entrepreneurs are a special breed. The good ones have that special blend of vision, timing and risk tolerance most others lack. The really good ones find a way to use their special talents to make their communities a better...more

June Whistleblower Digest | Does Your Ethics Training Adequately Cover Anti-Retaliation?

Pop quiz: what are the three criteria the SEC stated they would hold a chief compliance officer accountable for? Well, I admit that was a trick question, because even if you got them right, the SEC is ruffling feathers by...more

Pay-to-Play Implications of Governor Chris Christie’s Presidential Run

After today’s announcement, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joins a long list of 2016 presidential candidates, from both parties. But Christie’s position as a sitting governor means that he is subject to different...more

Proposed Bonds to Encourage Public Private Partnerships And Improve Infrastructure

The nation’s infrastructure is in need of dire repair. On February 2, 2015, to encourage private investments in infrastructure through public-private partnerships (“P3s”) and as part of his 2016 proposed budget, President...more

"Update on Compliance Date of SEC Rule 206(4)-5's Placement Agent Provision"

On June 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Release No. IA-4129 setting July 31, 2015, as the compliance date for SEC Rule 206(4)-5's placement agent restrictions on using third-party and affiliated...more

Recent Conference Highlights Risks and Opportunities in an Evolving P3 Market

As opportunities grow for public-private partnership procurement, political risk is the main threat to P3 projects. To sustain and grow the P3 market, the benefits will have to be communicated to elected officials and the...more

Campaign Coordination: Warning to Political Candidates and Related Super PACs

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

DOJ Reaches Agreement with Government Contracting Company and Former VP over Alleged Bribery

On June 16, the DOJ entered into a non-prosecution agreement with a Florida-based defense and government contracting company to resolve allegations that it conspired to bribe Kuwaiti officials for the purpose of securing a...more

Financial Regulators’ Policy Statement on Diversity

On June 9th, the Federal regulators who supervise U.S. financial institutions1 issued their Final Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of the entities...more

Understanding The 4 “Ps” Before The P3 (Public-PRIVATE Partnership)

When Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, Sr. was the governor of California (1959 to 1967), major infrastructure projects were being constructed throughout the state. Today, under Governor Jerry Brown, communities are struggling to fund...more

What Happened In Oslo Shouldn’t Stay In Oslo

Last week I had the pleasure and honor of participating in the Oslo, 2015 Anti-Corruption Conference, at the invitation of Helge Kvamme, Partner, Investigations and Compliance, Selmer Law Firm, Norway, and a member of the...more

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