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Inadequate Screening Processes Result in $7.65 Million Settlement for Violations of Various U.S. Sanctions Programs

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and PayPal, Inc. (“PayPal”) agreed to a $7.65 million settlement to settle potential civil liability for 486 apparent...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Supreme Court handed down the Omnicare decision on Securities Act Section 11 liability for opinion statements this week. In a judgment joined by all nine Justices the Court reversed the Sixth Circuit, concluding that...more

Seoul Depositions

The capital of South Korea, Seoul, is the second largest metropolitan area in the world, and home to over half of South Korea’s population. Seoul is ranked as the world’s most wired city (and home to the world’s fastest...more

Drone on Drones: Bones, Foam and Lighting Zones

As commercial use of drones becomes mainstreamed throughout the world, new uses for the technology seem to appear every day. Some of these are merely theoretical for the moment; others are already being tested or even...more

Three Practical Steps to Oversee Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

Introduction - Oversight of enterprise risk management, or ERM, continues to challenge boards and occupy a prominent place on the governance agenda. Effective ERM seeks to balance risk and opportunity while enhancing...more

Cayman issues User Guide to Automatic Exchange of Information Portal

As noted in an earlier update, the deadline for the registration of Cayman Islands Financial Institutions with the Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority was recently extended to 30 April 2015. In anticipation of the...more

Snowden's Legacy: Safe Harbor under fire at the CJEU

This week the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) heard a case that could destabilise data flows between the US and EU under the EU-US Safe Harbor Decision. In Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (C-362/14),...more

Half-Pie or No Pie? News for Kaisa’s Offshore Creditors

Kaisa Crisis - The recent financial crisis of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. (“Kaisa”), a large-scale Chinese property developer listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“SEHK”), has been in the headlines for several months....more

Continuation of Russian Sanctions

Since March 2014, Reed Smith has been closely monitoring developments relating to the situation in the Ukraine and reporting them as Client Alerts and blog updates. We have set out below a brief summary of the EU’s...more

UK Film & Television

Tax relief changes announced for film and television and a new coproduction treaty. The UK Government published the Finance Bill 2015 on 24 March 2015. We set out below the bill’s key impacts on the UK film and...more

Draft legislation released covering changes to the employee share scheme tax regime

The Australian Government has today introduced the draft Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Employee Share Schemes) Bill 2015 containing measures designed to ease the tax impost for employee shares schemes, to make...more

Shooting for Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance: A Look at Recent Developments in Brazil

A recently disclosed bribery scandal related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, along with other anti-corruption developments in Brazil, has reinforced the importance of implementing effective compliance policies and...more

TUPE: Single Employee Constituted an Organised Grouping of Employees

In Rynda (UK) Ltd v Rhijnsburger [2015] EWCA Civ 75, the Court of Appeal considered whether a single employee was an “organised grouping of employees” for the purposes of establishing whether there had been a service...more

Why It's Wise to Pay Attention to Your FCPA Compliance

Companies in the automotive industry would be wise to pay attention to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”) compliance. What has in the past been a risk management issue principally for massive multi-national...more

FCA Releases Discussion Paper Under MiFID II

The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) came into force on 2 July 2014. It will have effect on 3 January 2017, reflecting the period required for European Union member states to transpose its...more

Schlumberger Faces More Than $232.7 Million in Penalties and Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Violations of U.S. Sanctions

On March 25, 2015, Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings, Ltd. (“SOHL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd., the world’s largest oil-field services company (collectively “Schlumberger”), agreed to plead guilty to...more

Australian Tax Alert - Investment Manager Regime (IMR) – Draft Legislation To Implement Element 3 Finally Released

The exposure draft (ED) legislation removes tax impediments for foreign investors investing into Australia in order to attract foreign investment and promote the use of Australian fund managers. OVERVIEW - The...more

DPAs and “Reforming” Corporate Criminal Liability

The controversy surrounding Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”) and Non- Prosecution Agreements (“NPAs”) continues to boil. In response to continuing criticism that the Justice Department is using DPAs and NPAs to...more

Compliance Programs under the Brazilian Clean Companies Act

According to the World Bank, Brazil is the world’s seventh wealthiest economy, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$ 2.253 trillion in 2012. On the other hand, Brazil is ranked 69th out of 175 countries in Transparency...more

Biomet FCPA Announcement Highlights Distributor-Related Risks

Last week, Biomet Inc. announced in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that instead of its 2012 deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding violations of the...more

New Investment Canada Act Thresholds and National Security Review Periods

The Canadian government has adopted new regulations and implementing orders that: - significantly alter the existing review thresholds under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) for most investors....more

Act on Equal Participation of Women and Men in Executive Positions in the Private and the Public Sector (Germany) (Aktuelles Zum...

This Client Alert deals with the impact of the German "Act on Equal Participation of Women and Men in Executive Positions in the Private and the Public Sector". The Act was adopted on March 6, 2015 and will come into force in...more

BVI issues updated FATCA Guidance Notes

The International Tax Authority (ITA) of the British Virgin Islands has recently announced the issue of Version 2.0 of the Guidance Notes on the International Tax Compliance Requirements of the Intergovernmental Agreements...more

PayPal To Pay Dearly for Alleged Violations of OFAC Sanctions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced a $7,658,300 settlement with PayPal, Inc. (PayPal) to resolve potential civil liability for 486 alleged violations of the Iranian,...more

UK Regulator Announces Its Approach to Financial Promotions in Social Media

On March 13, the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published finalized guidance on its supervisory approach to financial promotions in social media (the “Guidance”). The range of social media within the...more

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