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“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

Voluntary Reporting of Bank Loans – Best Practice or Sword of Damocles?

One of the hottest current topics in the world of municipal finance is the issue of the “voluntary” reporting on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (“MSRB”) Electronic Municipal Marketplace Access system (“EMMA”) of...more

Regional Bank Agrees to Pay Over $200 Million for Alleged Violations of the False Claims Act

On June 1, a regional bank agreed to pay the United States $212.5 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly violated the False Claims Act by originating and underwriting FHA-insured mortgage loans that did not meet...more

Virginia P3 Law Amendments: Good for the Public, Bad for Business?

Virginia, long at the forefront of public-private partnership (P3) legislation, has enacted new measures to protect the public from high-risk projects. On March 6, 2015, the Virginia General Assembly enacted House Bill 1886...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2015

It’s an Absolute Privilege to Meet You! Texas Supreme Court Rules That Internal Investigation Report Provided by Shell Oil to DOJ Enjoys “Absolute Privilege” - Why it matters: On May 15, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court...more

North Carolina Achieves Financial Close on State’s First Highway Public-Private Partnership

North Carolina, acting through the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), reached a major milestone on May 20, 2015 when financial close was achieved on the I-77 Express Lanes Project – the first highway...more

Time to Exclude the IMD Exclusion

Some rules are borne out of the best of intentions, and the Institutions for Mental Disease Exclusion (“IMD exclusion”) bears the hallmarks of such a beginning. The IMD exclusion bars federal funding for care of patients...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban on Contributions by Government Contractors and Other Disclosure Requirements in Hawaii

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a number of Hawaii’s contribution and disclosure requirements, thus cementing the legacy of Citizens United’s defense of transparency in campaign...more

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