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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

Corporate Alert: China’s New Tax Regulation on Indirect Disposals Complicates Certain Offshore M&A Deals

In 2009, China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) promulgated Circular 698 to empower PRC tax authorities to re-characterize transfers by non-PRC residents of shares in offshore companies that hold equity interests in...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 144-SEC Enforcement of the FCPA, Part I [Video]

In this episode I begin a two-part exploration of the differences between the Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement of the FCPA from the Department of Justice enforcement. ...more

Despite the Regulatory Hurdles France is Open to Investment

Even though France is perceived to have a burdensome regulatory regime, it is clearly open to investment. M&A transactions involving French targets totaled €120.6 billion in 2014, a sharp increase on 2013 when just €28.6...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 142-Reflections on the Goodyear FCPA Enforcement Action [Video]

In this episode I take a deep dive into the Goodyear FCPA enforcement action. I review the underlying allegations and the lessons learned for the compliance practitioner. ...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Discussions at the 2015 ABA White Collar Institute Focus on M&A, Self-Reporting and Individual...

The prosecution of corporations always makes good headlines. But the emerging trends in these corporate prosecutions tend to be at the margins and therefore less reported—prosecutors commit to sustained and vigorous...more

'Protectionism' In M&A: A Mixed Picture

When a national ‘champion’ is at stake, lively political and media debate often follows, sometimes even where the sector involved is not particularly ‘sensitive’. This is unsurprising in markets facing slow economic growth...more

China poised to acquire distressed assets

As distress in the mining industry deepens, better quality assets are being pushed onto the market. Unlike many other assets on the divestment chopping block over the past 24 months, these assets are priced to sell. And...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 141-Pi Day and Compliance Programs [Video]

In this episode, recorded on Pi Day, March 14, 2015, I consider the math symbol Pi and how it relates to the symmetry of a FCPA compliance program. ...more

CFIUS Releases Annual Report to Congress

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was established decades ago to identify and recommend responses to threats to US national security posed by acquisitions by non-US entities of controlling...more

African Law Firms & Foreign Counterparts Navigate 'Tense' Relationship [Video]

Mar. 11, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Steve Blundell, Managing Director at Redstone Consultants, talks with Lee Pacchia about how the market for law firms' services in Africa is growing due to the maturation of economies within the...more

SEC FCPA Enforcement Action against Goodyear and Investigation of Mondelez International Provide Valuable Lessons for U.S....

Action Item: The Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement action against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and its investigation of Mondelez International provide key lessons to U.S. companies seeking to acquire foreign...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 140-Leona Lewis [Video]

In this episode I visit with Leona Lewis who recently left the compliance function at Best Buy to found her own compliance entity, ComplyEthic. Leona brings some very interesting insights from her days in consumer retailing...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 139-Amy Lilly, President of GHBER [Video]

In this episode I interview Amy Lilly, President of the Greater Houston Business and Ethics Roundtable (GHBER), the premier ethics and compliance organization in Houston. ...more

Potential Cost Savers in German M&A Transactions – Practical Experience with Notary’s Fees

International investors with corporate transactions in Germany are often surprised to learn that significant costs can be incurred by a German notary as part of a normal corporate transaction. The involvement of a German...more

Goodyear FCPA Settlement Highlights Importance of Thorough Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence

On February 24 the SEC charged Ohio-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company with violating the books and records provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Goodyear agreed to  pay $16.2 million to settle the...more

PRC Foreign Investment Draft Law: What You Should Know

On January 19, 2015, China’s foreign investment regulatory authority Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released a draft of new Foreign Investment Law (“Draft Law”) (See blog article Comparison Chart re JV Law and Foreign...more

Vendor Due Diligence Reports: Reducing Transaction Costs Through Seller-Controlled Diligence

Due diligence for a prospective merger or acquisition typically involves the buyer’s review of documents provided by the seller and interviews with the target company’s management. ...more

CFIUS Annual Report Confirms Strong Chinese Investment and Renewed Concern about Foreign Governments’ Efforts to Acquire U.S....

On February 26, 2015, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) released its annual report to Congress summarizing its activities in 2013. CFIUS is an inter-agency committee that reviews the national...more

Reminders from the Goodyear FCPA Settlement

FCPA settlements carry with them a basket of compliance and enforcement lessons. The recent Goodyear settlement with the SEC for $16 million carries some important compliance and strategic reminders for ethics and compliance...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 138, Tribute to Mr. Spock and Strict Liability for Internal Controls Under the FCPA [Video]

In this episode, I pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy and his immortal character Mr. Spock. I also discuss that the SEC may be moving towards a strict liability standard for internal controls under the FCPA....more

Antitrust Matters - March 2015 (Global)

Luxleaks – Challenging the challenges to ta rulings in the EU - The European Commission’s recent state aid crusade against so-called sweet deals in the form of tax rulings may have unwelcome consequences never...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 137, interview with Loren Steffy [Video]

In this episode I visit with Loren Steffy, former business columnist from the Houston Chronicle. ...more

"CFIUS’s Annual Report to Congress Details Longer Process, More Aggressive Risk Mitigation"

Key Developments - The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency, Executive Branch organization charged with identifying potential national security risks posed by foreign...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 136, Joel Borgquist, President of Etik [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Joel Borgquist, President of Etik a company that works to insure transparency in corporate social responsibility programs and assists in conflict resolution. ...more

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