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Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken a sizeable stake in Bristol-Myers Squibb, a move that reportedly caught execs at the drugmaker unawares and sets the stage for a potential sale....more

Chinese Government Releases Draft Rules to Implement Cyber Security Law

China's 2015 State Security Law, which substantively amended and supplemented its first version issued in 1993, lays down the foundations for cyber security review. The law provides that the state needs to build a network and...more

Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology Update: Research Paper

Locke Lord London Global Head of Cards & Payments Robert Courtneidge and Associate Charlie Clarence-Smith wrote a research paper on bitcoin and blockchain technology. Over the past few years, digital currencies have been...more

Mastercard Win Over Retailers for “Interchange Fees”

Mastercard has won a victory against a group of UK retailers, including Morrisons, who had brought proceedings against it for damages for breaches of European Union and United Kingdom competition law. The claimant retailers...more

Vladis Dombrovskis Gives Speech on the International Financial System

The European Commission has published a speech given by Vladis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Services and Capital Markets Union, on February 10, 2017. Amid general concerns about the state of...more

The Top Ten Things You Should Know About UK Employment Law

What 2016 lacked in employment law changes, it made up with political surprises (Brexit) and sweeping data protection changes (the GDPR). Due to these dynamic changes and in anticipation of what lies ahead, our UK employment...more

Trump’s Trade Policy–Not as Protectionist as You May Think

I was fortunate enough to be on a panel last week with four foreign government representatives to discuss trade. The meeting was informative and I thought I would share my take-aways. My conclusion is that Trump’s trade...more

Use of e-banking secured mailbox to provide information on durable medium

By a decision held on 25 January 2017 (C-375/15), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) clarified the question of information (in electronic format) that payment service providers (such as banks) convey to their...more

Joint Letter To Trump On China’s Trade Barriers

On February 7, 2017, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump to request the Administration’s assistance in addressing China’s recent...more

The Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning 2016 run of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) decisions with the announcement of the resolution of the Embraer SA...more

Considerations for Depositions at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt

As covered by previous blogs, depositions in Germany may be taken only at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, upon approval from the German Ministry of Justice. Once the depositions have been approved and successfully...more

Foreign Investment in Australia

Foreign investment is key to Australia’s economic development, and Australia welcomes it. As the fourth largest economy in the dynamic Asia Pacific region, Australia's competitive economy is set for continued expansion...more

Data Privacy in a Time of Reaction: "Big Data" versus "The People"

1. Data privacy concerns entwined with anti-globalization - Anti-globalization has become a serious theme in Western countries. Right-wing and left-wing political movements converge on the issue. Centrist elites...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

The promise of FinTech - More regulatory pointers

Earlier this month, we discussed the key results and considerations from IOSCO's updated survey on the use of automated investment advice. IOSCO noted that technology tools will affect all elements of the advice value chain...more

Luxembourg CSSF Circular 17/650 - Primary tax offences - In the fight against money laundering, what are your professional...

On 17 February 2017, Luxembourg’s financial regulator (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier – CSSF) issued a circular drawn up with the Financial Intelligence Unit in order to provide...more

UK Government Publishes Final Policy on Transposing MiFID II 

HM Treasury published a paper summarizing responses to its consultation on the transposition of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and three draft statutory instruments to facilitate transposition. Member...more

No, A Little Noticed Executive Order Did Not Kill Privacy Shield

We have previously noted that the the U.S.-E.U. Privacy Shield data transfer may not be dead, but it is ailing. These concerns have been exacerbated by a January 25, 2017 presidential Executive Order (EO) “Enhancing Public...more

RLUIPA Implications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 – “Protecting The Nation From...more

New DOJ Evaluation – Valuable Document for the Compliance Practitioner: Part II

Yesterday I began a two-part series on the Department of Justice (DOJ’s) “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Evaluation) posted on the Fraud Section website late last week. The document is an 11-part list of...more

Extension to the EMA's Multinational Assessment Team Initiative as of April 2017

Starting in April 2017, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) will expand the Multinational Assessment Team (“MNAT”) Initiative to post-authorisation assessments. From this date, the MNAT Initiative will allow national...more

UK Decision Highlights Potential Privilege Problems in Cross-Border Investigations

7 steps companies can take to maximize privilege protections under US and English law. Key Points: ..In a recent case, an English court stated that privilege did not apply to notes of employee interviews,...more

Arresting Individuals

A thorough study demonstrates that in the criminal procedure law, the arrest might take place mainly in three potential scenarios. First is when the arrest order issued by Judicial Officers. The law provides the Judicial...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

The FCPA Pilot Program Disciplinary Standards (Part II of II)

Returning to the FCPA Pilot Project requirements for timely and appropriate remediation, the Justice Department added three new elements, one of which reinforces the CCO “independence” requirement. The two other elements for...more

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