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SEC Charges Underwriter and Bankers in Connection with Offering by China-based Issuer A Cautionary Tale of How Bad Facts and Weak...

On March 27, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against an investment bank and two of its bankers for failing to adequately review and escalate a due diligence report which contradicted...more

Germany's safe harbors to its net operating loss carryover limitation rules – or: let's make a law

Historically – meaning until the end of 2007 – the German corporate tax law provided for limitation rules on the use of tax-wise net operating loss carryovers of a corporation, where the "loss corporation," after a change in...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 145-SEC Enforcement of the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode which is Part II of my look at SEC enforcement of the FCPA, I consider whether profit disgorgement is available to the SEC in a strict liability enforcement action of violation of internal controls. ...more

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

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

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

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

Energy Newsletter - March 2015

In This Issue: - Opportunities in Distressed Markets: Insights into the Acquisition and Divestiture Process - A Project Owner's Primer On Delay In Start-Up Insurance - UKCS: Maximising Economic Recovery...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

ASX Releases Consultation Paper On Continuous Disclosure Updates

On 6 March 2015, the ASX published its Consultation Paper in relation to its proposed changes to Guidance Note 8 relating to continuous disclosure. ASX intends to make changes to its guidance relating to analyst and investor...more

Co-Bidder Status in Tender Offers

The recent Allergan litigation in California District Court involved the allegation that Pershing Square Capital Management, LP (together with certain of its affiliates, “Pershing Square”) had violated the prohibition, under...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

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

The 7 Key Questions When Thinking About an Accounting Firm Merger

Is it time to merge you firm? How do you know? And if it is, how can you be sure you're doing it right and not making mistakes that could doom the new entity? Mergers are complex, but if you consider these seven questions,...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

Carolinas Corporate Update

We are pleased to share the following representative engagements from 2014: Strategic M&A - We advised private and public companies and their subsidiaries, both domestic and foreign, in their merger and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC continued Operation Shell-Expel this week, suspending trading in the shares of 128 OTC issuers bringing its total for the program to about 8% of the shares traded in that market. The Commission also announced another...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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