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A "French Bribery (and Sunshine) Act" is about to be launched - a legal revolution is underway in France

France has been for a long time lagging behind on the field of anti-corruption laws. In 2012, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development raised serious concerns regarding the lack of bribery convictions in...more

International Food Law Gazette - January 2016

FDA Approves First Genetically Modified Food-Producing Animal - On November 19, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new animal drug application (NADA) that authorizes the marketing of...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 2

Is There a Standard Form of Rule 144A Representation Letter? - My file of Rule 144A representation letters has been growing fatter, and I‘m not sure why. I would have hoped that by now there would be just one great...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

Judicial Redress Act passes the House with the Senate Amendments

The amended Judicial Redress Act has passed the House and is on its way to the president to be signed into law. The Act, which we covered in an earlier blog post, gives citizens of foreign countries the same rights as US...more

Zika Virus: Appropriate Workplace Responses

The Zika virus has been the topic of much discussion and anxiety for many weeks. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now issued travel warnings for more than two dozen countries in the...more

Article 29 Working Party updates its Opinion on applicable law

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has updated its Opinion on applicable law and has introduced a new ‘inextricable link’ test representing a new element to the existing ‘in the context of the activities of an establishment’...more

First Monoclonal Antibody Biosimilar in U.S. Gets One Step Closer to FDA Approval

On February 9, 2016, the FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee voted 21-3 to recommend that CT-P13, Celltrion’s proposed biosimilar of Janssen Biotech, Inc.’s Remicade® (infliximab) be approved for all indications — including,...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.12.16

A year after announcing that it would pay roughly $2.6 billion to settle with state and federal regulators over faulty MBS, Morgan Stanley’s taking an additional $600 million hit, putting the figure at $3.2 billion—no chump...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #6

OBWG publishes open banking standard - The OBWG, set up at Treasury’s request, has set out an Open Banking Standard to guide how open banking data should be created, shared and used by its owners and those who access it....more

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and European Commission Announce Common Approach for Transatlantic CCPs

On February 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and the European Commission announced a common approach relating to requirements for transatlantic central clearing parties (CCPs). The CFTC and the...more

Key Export Compliance Issues For 2016

The following are a number of important strategic issues to be considered in the export compliance area for the new year. 1. Recent Country Amendments – New Obligations and New Opportunities. There have been export...more

By jointly tackling Facebook, French regulators set an example to large international digital media companies – First prominent...

On February 8 and 9, 2016, the French Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Prevention of Fraud (the ‘DGCCRF’) and the French Data Protection Authority (the ‘CNIL’), through an obviously concerted action,...more

A reset for debt in 2015?

At the beginning of 2015, it was believed that the high yield bond and leveraged loan markets would continue at the levels seen in 2014. Issuance had peaked and terms were loosening. Indeed, the first quarter started...more

European M+A News, Winter 2016

Smart Acquisition Structures For Deals In Germany And The UK - What Are the Criteria for Smart Acquisitions via Corporations? - Inbound investment structures seeking to acquire a German or UK corporation should take...more

Israel Connect - Legal Insight for Success in the US Market

We are excited to present you with the second issue of Israel Connect — our quarterly newsletter focused on forging new connections and strengthening existing bonds between Israeli businesses and the US market. In our second...more

Recent Revisions to Internal Revenue Code Affecting Alcohol Beverages

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). The PATH Act amends several provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) administered by the Alcohol...more

Arbitral Awards Based on Penalty Clauses: Enforceable?

A recent English High Court decision suggests that some such awards may be enforceable notwithstanding the rule against penalties. In Pencil Hill Limited v US Citta di Palermo S.p.A., the English High Court enforced an...more

Regional Perspectives on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

On 12 December 2015, nearly 200 countries at the 21st annual meeting (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Convention or UNFCCC) reached an agreement that many have described as a historic...more

Blog: Applying The 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive & The 2nd Payment Services Directive To Virtual Currency Exchanges And...

The European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council will meet on Friday 12 February 2016. At that meeting, the Council will be invited to agree to...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 232-Kristy Grant-Hart on how to be a wildly effective compliance officer [Video]

In this episode I visit with Kristy Grant-Hart about her new book How To Be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #5

ECA reports on ESMA supervision of CRAs - The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has issued a report on ESMA’s role as the single supervisor of credit rating agencies (CRAs) in the EU. It finds that overall ESMA has laid...more

IRS Releases FY 2017 Green Book Revenue Proposals

It’s that time of year when the President releases his annual wish list of tax revenue proposals, also known as the “Green Book”.  The 2017 Green Book includes many familiar items such as taxing Carried Interests as ordinary...more

Misconduct in the C-Suite: SEC Settles FCPA Case with CEO

The SEC is setting its sights on individual prosecutions. Both the Justice Department and the SEC have reiterated the importance of prosecuting individuals. DOJ’s Yates Memorandum promises to deliver an increase in civil and...more

EU-US Privacy Shield May Provide Guidance for Transatlantic Data Transfers

The decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to invalidate Safe Harbor in October 2015 sent shockwaves throughout the international business community. Safe Harbor was a certification mechanism that...more

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