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Blog: CooleyAR’s summer holiday

However, before we pack our bags it is worth reflecting on David Cameron’s recent speech in Singapore where he addressed the threat posed by corruption worldwide. We were particularly interested in his comments on how the UK...more

Blog: House Bill To Require Disclosure Of Efforts To Eliminate Slave Labor From Supply Chains

Yesterday, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Chris Smith introduced H.R. 3226, the ‘‘Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015.’’ ...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of additional months of funding for transportation projects under a $8 billion bill introduced late last night in the House. Notably — as anyone on Sesame Street could tell you — the number 5 is not the same as the...more

Foreign National Political Contribution Laws Can Cause Confusion, Pain for Unwary

A business executive writes a small check to a neighbor who is running for a seat on the local school board. It sounds harmless, but the executive isn’t a U.S. citizen and by writing that check, she has broken federal...more

2015 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

On April 21, 2015, the Minister of Finance presented Canada’s long-awaited 2015 Federal Budget (the 2015 Budget). The 2015 Budget includes a number of taxpayer-friendly measures, including limited relief from Canadian source...more

Frequently Asked Questions on the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On February 12, the U.S. Department of State released a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”) with regard to the U.S. Government’s efforts to develop a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The plan is...more

The Prospects for Corporate Tax Reform

As the 2014 midterm elections approach, speculation is widespread as to whether tax reform can be successfully pursued in 2015. The successful 1986 Tax Reform Act navigated through a politically divided Congress a full...more

United States to Develop National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On September 24, at a meeting of the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations, President Obama announced that the U.S. Government would develop a national action plan to promote responsible business conduct. The...more

New Brazilian Legislation Addresses Bribery By Corporate Entities

Bill Provides Important Incentives for Corporate Compliance Programs - The millions of Brazilians protesting in recent weeks in cities and towns across Brazil have brought important and far-reaching corruption reform...more

The Transparency Agenda: Section 1504 and Beyond

A number of significant briefs were filed recently with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires oil, gas, and mining issuers to report on their payments...more

Rappelling Down the Fiscal Cliff – Strategies for Cushioning the Fall – Part II

A. Overview - Part I of this series focused on the impact of impending tax increases following the Presidential Election for corporate executives and salaried professionals. Part II of the series will focus on...more

Financier Worldwide: Weighing the Opportunities and Risks of Project Financing in Iraq

Originally published in Financier World Magazine - September 2012. New project financing opportunities are opening up throughout Iraq. As the country’s economy recovers from decades of war, demand is growing for new...more

Responsible Investment in Burma (Myanmar): An Experiment that Cannot Afford to Fail

The U.S. decision to ease financial and investment sanctions on Burma for the first time since 1997 is a landmark – and controversial – moment. It presents Western businesses with an opportunity to enter a largely untapped...more

REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Mining & Natural Resources Oil, Gas, and Mining: Companies Encouraged to Submit Nominations by...

The U.S. Department of the Interior is seeking nominations for the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Advisory Committee. The Committee is being established to advise the Department on the...more

Congress Pressures SEC on Two Fronts

Last week, members of Congress sent letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission, encouraging them to reconsider rules related to the initial public offering (IPO) process, and to adopt rules relating to conflict...more

UK Bribery Act – There's a New Constable in Town

Directorship of the UK Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") passed this month to David Green QC. Mr. Green joins the SFO from private practice, where he was a barrister specializing in serious crime. He also previously served as the...more

FCPA Reform: Dead is Dead

The Marx Brothers have always been my favorite. Even today, their movies stand out as the best. One of Groucho’s best lines is particularly apt to FCPA reform. In A Day at the Races (1937), Groucho passed himself off...more

New Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament – UK Bribery Act

In order to safeguard the legislative process from impropriety and to uphold good governance, a new Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) entered into force in 2012, and a transparency register for...more

Floating the Kyat: A First Step in Fighting Corruption in Burma

On April 2, one day after its Parliamentary by-elections, Burma (Myanmar) floated its currency, the kyat. This is an important first step in normalizing the country’s investment climate and curbing corruption. For years, the...more

Fools Rush In: Social and Environmental Due Diligence in Burma

Following the success of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (“NLD”) party at the polls and today's announcement that the United States will soon lift some of its sanctions against Burma, companies are...more

ICGN Political Contributions Best Practice Guidelines Echo UK Bribery Act Principles

The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) has published best practice guidelines on political contributions (the Guidelines). The Guidelines adopt a multi-jurisdictional approach, outlining a global policy for...more

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Calls for Preapproval of Deductions for Intangible Expenses

As part of his 2012 legislative agenda, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proposed legislation on January 10 that, if passed, will require companies to file an application with the Department of Revenue seeking preapproval of a...more

Obama Administration States that Corporations are Proper Defendants in Alien Tort Cases

The Obama Administration has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum in support of the plaintiffs' position that corporations are proper defendants in cases involving claims under...more

Regulators Listen to Senate Critics: Eight Ex-Siemens Execs Charged for FCPA Violations

The Siemens case is undoubtedly the biggest case in FCPA enforcement history: the “pattern of bribery” involved was “unprecedented in scale and geographic reach.” The $1.6 billion combined settlement with U.S. and German...more

Regime Change and State Contracts

Overnight news reports of Libyan rebels liberating the capital Tripoli encourage many to hope that hostilities in the country are soon to end. At the same time, international diplomatic pressure on Syria's President Bashar...more

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