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Africa Update - July 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Investment Management Update

In July 2014, the SEC settled the previously reported proceeding involving Chariot Advisors, and its former owner, Elliott Shifman, concerning charges of violating and aiding and abetting the violation of Section 15(c) of the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 71-World Cup Report-Part IV [Video]

Mike Brown, Managing Director of Infortal, and myself continue our series around the 2014 World Cup. In this episode we discuss the winning Qatar bid to host the World Cup 2022 and the USA's chances in the knock-out round...more

Africa Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

New Executive Order Targeting Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic and Designating Five...

On May 13, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order (the “Order”) related to the situation in the Central African Republic and targeting those contributing to the conflict in that country. This Order allows the United...more

Africa Update - May 8, 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: -Leading the News -United States – Africa Relations -North Africa -East Africa -West Africa -Sub-Saharan Africa -General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News: World...more

Altershöchstgrenzen in Versorgungsordnungen verstoßen gegen das AGG

In einem Urteil vom 18. März 2014 – Aktenzeichen 3 AZR 69/12 – hat das Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG) klar gestellt, dass eine Regelung in einer Versorgungsordnung zur betrieblichen Altersvorsorge unwirksam ist, wenn diese...more

Recent Diversity Mandates Impacting US Financial Regulators and Financial Institutions on Both Sides of the Atlantic

There has been no shortage of press coverage about the lack of employment diversity in the financial services sector. Now, both the US Congress and the European Union have taken action in an attempt to remedy historical...more

Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief

Relief is very limited and alleviates threat of sanctions regarding transactions by non-U.S. or foreign persons. On January 30, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published...more

“Hardening” Soft Law and Human Rights Expectations for Financial Institutions

Earlier this month, a group of global banks known as the Thun Group released a discussion paper exploring the ways in which financial institutions might seek to integrate the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human...more

DOJ Announces Settlement Of Auto Lending Discrimination Suit

On September 6, the DOJ announced the resolution of a long-running lawsuit against an auto dealer and a bank that financed many of the dealer’s loans, in which the government alleged that the dealer and the bank violated ECOA...more

EP III: an open pit for finance? The impact of the Equator Principles on the industry’s environmental and social performance

The Equator Principles (EP) is a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk. EP applies globally to all industry sectors and covers...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Second Quarter 2013

In this issue: - The Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 - E.O. 13645, issued June 3, 2013 - Enforcement Against Foreign Sanctions Evaders - Enforcement Against Human Rights...more

State Department Finalizes Burma Investment Reporting Requirements

On May 23, the State Department announced that the Office of Management and Budget approved the final Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements....more

Equator Principles III Enters Into Force This June

In the last 10 years, the Equator Principles or EPs have emerged as the industry standard for financial institutions to assess social and environmental risk in the project finance market. The EPs — which are based on the...more

More than 50 parties file recourse proceedings in the Cyprus Supreme Court

As noted in our previous update, several clients have considered legal challenges to the new laws based on the resolution measures agreed by the Eurogroup and the Republic of Cyprus. These resolution measures on Bank of...more

Cyprus: To Litigate or Not to Litigate?

Harneys’ Cyprus Banking Group is closely monitoring a legal challenge to the bail-out legislation which is currently before the Cyprus courts....more

French Employment News – What You Missed During the Summer

New Legislation - Compensation & Benefits – Modification of the tax regime for severance amounts paid as of September 1, 2012 Article 30 of the public finance act (modifying the 2012 budget) substantially reduced...more

Newly Released Draft Equator Principles Reflect Greater Focus on Human Rights

The proposed draft of the revised Equator Principles, released on August 13, reflects a greater focus on human rights, with explicit mention of the expectation of human rights due diligence as set forth in the U.N. Guiding...more

New Disclosure Requirements Imposed in Connection with Iran Sanctions

On August 10, President Obama signed into law the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (the Act), which expands and establishes additional sanctions with respect to Iran, including sanctions relating to...more

Human Rights Due Diligence and Operations in Burma (Myanmar)

I recently published an op-ed in The Christian Science Monitor cautioning companies seeking to make investments in Burma (Myanmar) to make sure that the inflow of new investments does not end up harming the country's...more

United States Eases Sanctions on New Investment in Burma (Myanmar)

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, President Obama announced that the U.S. would issue a general license easing sanctions on the export of financial services and new investment in Burma, although he did not lift them, meaning that...more

Impacts of Criminal Procedural Law Amendments on Investigations of Bribery Cases

In a recent landmark decision, China’s national legislature, the National People’s Congress, increased the protection of suspects’ legal rights and reinforced its efforts to punish bribery and other crimes. The decision will...more

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