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Freaky Friday – U.S. Unexpectedly Eases Sanctions on Sudan

- Virtually all U.S. sanctions on Sudan lifted effective January 17, 2017 - Sanctions could be permanently lifted in six months - There continue to be practical challenges to doing business in Sudan...more

Base erosion and profit shifting - new regulations

International tax issues have never been more prevalent than in today's integrated economic environment and international markets. As the world becomes increasingly globalised and cross-border activities become the norm, the...more

VW's $4.3BN Plea to Obstruction for Botched Litigation Hold

One of three counts in Volkswagen’s recent $4.3 billion guilty-plea was for obstruction of justice arising from a litigation-hold botched by house counsel. As VW prepared to admit the defeat-device problems to US...more

2016 half-year in review: M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Investment Outlook 2017: Deal trends in the GCC

When oil prices dropped two years ago, it took a while for the severity and durability of the new oil-price environment to sink in. The response came in 2016: governments focused on cutting expenditure, sending a cascade of...more

VW Fallout Continues: Mobile Source Emissions Enforcement Likely to Continue Full Speed Ahead under Trump Administration

The headlines generated by the Volkswagen emissions scandal continue to amaze the environmental community and the general public, both here and abroad. The events are shocking in part because they involve a household name in...more

"US Announces Tentative Lifting of Sudan Sanctions; OFAC Issues Guidance on Providing Sanctions Advice"

On January 13, 2017, President Obama and the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the interim lifting of sanctions on Sudan, with a path to a permanent revocation of sanctions in six...more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action, Part II

Today I continue my exploration of the Rolls-Royce global corruption enforcement action which included the largest fine to-date under the UK Bribery Act, with its total fines and penalties under three agreements being around...more

Switzerland and the United States Agree Privacy Shield Framework

The governments of Switzerland and the United States finalised the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework on 11 January. The Framework is similar in many respects to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, and replaces the U.S.-Swiss Safe...more

Volkswagen: When Car Companies Veer Off Course (Part I of III)

Corporate misconduct occurs in a variety of forms. Starting with the basic truism – companies act through people, and when companies engage in misconduct it requires the coordination and collaboration of multiple actors. The...more

Reminders for Foreign Private Issuers for the 2017 Annual Reporting Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for foreign private issuers (FPIs) in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

United States Issues Executive Order, General License Easing Sudan Sanctions

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled "Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions."...more

New EU Guidelines on Data Protection Officers

The EU's Article 29 Working Party has published new Guidelines on the role of Data Protection Officers under the General Data Protection Regulation. Data Protection Officers are seen as a cornerstone of data protection...more

Corporate News – January 2017

First director disqualification: UK focus on pursuing individuals as well as companies for breach of competition law - The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has secured its first disqualification of a director of a...more

The U.S. Issues a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On December 16, 2016, the United States launched a National Action Plan (the “U.S. NAP”) on Responsible Business Conduct. The U.S. NAP seeks to operationalize the government’s role in encouraging responsible business conduct...more

2016 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Authorities launched new criminal probes, obtained guilty pleas from companies and executives and imposed hefty fines as aggressive enforcement continued. Several significant developments occurred in cartel enforcement...more

New law to combat counterfeiting: what does it mean for businesses and brand owners?

In a win for legitimate brand owners, businesses in the UAE dealing with counterfeit products now face far greater penalties. The maximum penalty for involvement in counterfeiting is now AED 1 million (approx. US$275,000) for...more

The Implications of Insureds’ Illegal Conduct

Allegations of corporate bribery and corruption are increasingly frequent. According to a recent report by PwC, the World Bank estimates that more than $1 trillion is paid in bribes each year and 55 percent of global CEOs...more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part I

When most people across the globe think of Rolls-Royce, one word comes to mind – excellence. Yet that image largely relates to Rolls-Royce Limited, the automobile manufacturer, which was founded in 1909. Just a few years...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Deutsche Bank and the DOJ have put the finishing touches on the deal to resolve the investigation into DB’s role in its sale of toxic RMBS. The bank will fork over $7.2 billion in total, including a $3.1 billion civil penalty...more

Multi-Jurisdictional Prosecutions and the SFO Show Teeth in Rolls Royce Settlement

Rolls Royce’s $800 million global settlement further solidifies what the future of anti-bribery and corruption enforcement looks like: multi-jurisdictional prosecutions based on egregious conduct supported by strong evidence....more

Transfer of French export credit activities from Coface to Bpifrance Assurance Export S.A.S.

France's export credit agency Coface transferred its export credit activities to Bpifrance Assurance Export S.A.S. on 31 December 2016. The transfer is a "fundamental change" in the French export credit support system....more

Uncertain Seas: European Financial and Regulatory Developments into 2017

Charting New and Dangerous Waters - Lloyd George and Epictetus may be long gone but their words have much resonance with the events of 2016. The political fallout from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (“EU”)...more

Checklist: Preparing for potential US trade policy changes in 2017 and beyond

This checklist is designed to help you focus on steps you can take now to get ready for possible US trade policy shifts under a new presidential administration. As a 2016 US presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump made...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - January 2017

Customs and Border Protection Issues Update On Enforcement Of Trade Orders - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its AD/CVD Update for June/July 2016. As explained in the January 2015 and the August 2016...more

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