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US PE Sponsors Take on Europe

US PE houses spent $58 billion on European buyouts in 2014, a 43% increase on 2013 figures, according to Mergermarket. US PE houses are becoming major players in the European buyout game. Much of this activity is...more

Do Your Executives Have (Compensation) Skin in the Game?

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the ascent of the most famous mountain in Europe, the Matterhorn. On Bastille Day, in 1865, four British climbers and three guides were the first climbers to reach the summit. In an...more

Difficulty in Understanding? ESMA Consultation Paper on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits

On 24 March 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Consultation Paper setting out draft guidelines on complex debt instruments and structured deposits. Background - The Consultation...more

Blog: CFSI posts “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure”

The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative has posted an updated 2015 version of its practical guidance white paper on conflict minerals specifically for downstream companies, called “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict...more

Does Robust Compliance Mean Understood Compliance?

If I had to summarize my experience of last week, where I participated in three compliance events, that statement from one of my lunch partners, would be it. First, an up front thank you to the organizers of the Inside...more

"Dutch Authority Follows EU by Finding Private Equity Firms Liable for Antitrust Violations of Minority Held Companies"

The Dutch competition authority (the Authority for Consumers and Markets, or ACM) has issued two decisions imposing fines on private equity firms for the participation of their portfolio company in the so-called flour cartel....more

U.S. Government Announces Significant Sanctions Enforcement Actions Against Schlumberger and PayPal

The U.S. Government announced two major sanctions enforcement actions this week that reinforce the compliance challenges faced by both U.S. companies with international activities and non-U.S. companies subject to U.S....more

UK Treasury releases Consultation Paper under MiFID II

Following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (“FCA”) release of its discussion paper on implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) on 26 March 2015, the UK Treasury released on 27...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 12

In this issue: - SEC Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings - FINRA Issues Notice on New Rules and Amendments Relating to Transaction-Based Compensation, Membership and Sanctions - FINRA Issues...more

Internal Controls Enforcement (Part I of IV)

I was recently inspired by Tom Fox’s excellent writings on the COSO 2013 framework, and his examination of internal controls issues – see here, here, and here. Today, I begin my own series on internal controls but from a...more

Underwriter, Two Employees Charged By SEC

The SEC brought another case tied to Chinese reverse mergers. This one differs from many earlier actions which focused on the company and or the executives. This action names as defendants one broker-dealer and two of its...more

Compensation Incentives in a Best Practices Compliance Program

One of the areas that many companies have not paid as much attention to in their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) anti-corruption compliance programs is compensation. However the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities...more

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

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

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

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

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

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