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Offshore Lawyers' Liability: Recent Developments

Offshore lawyers (including international “offshore magic circle” firms, sole practitioners, high street firms, and boutique practices) are exposed to significant risks in the course of their work, particularly in the...more

What Happens In Ecuador Does Not Stay In Ecuador

In last week’s decision in Chevron v. Donziger, the court enjoined the enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental pollution, alleged to have been caused by its predecessor,...more

Medical Malpractice Liability: Kazakhstan Law and Practice

Liability for medical malpractice in Kazakhstan remains poorly regulated. The Kazakhstan healthcare system has recently undergone a crucial transformation, with pending reforms designed to improve the quality of...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 14 October 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Judgments: JUDGMENTS - Commonwealth - 8 October 2013 - Faye Mason v Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 19 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales - 9 August 2013 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Dr Platt [2013] NSWMT 14 - The...more

DOJ Revokes Some Pre-Clearances for Bank Leumi Depositors

A recent press release should send a shudder to some voluntary disclosure participants. It should frighten some tax preparers and their clients....more

Federal Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of State Law Claim of Fraud By Combination of State Substantive Law Requirements and...

Stephenson v. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), 11-1204-cv (2d Cir. 2012) (Summary Order), addresses the viability of claims against Canadian-organized PWC for fraud and negligence arising from PWC’s unqualified audit reports...more

U.S. Auditors’ Role in Identifying Related Party Transactions When Conducting Audits of Chinese RTO Issuers

When auditing a Chinese RTO (reverse takeover) issuer, it is the U.S. auditors’ task to educate the Chinese client regarding both the meaning of the term "related parties," and the disclosure requirements under U.S. GAAP with...more

Chinese RTO Issuers' Audits and U.S. CPA Firms' Auditor Liability Exposure

This article reviews the basics of Chinese reverse takeover (RTO) companies, and of auditors’ responsibilities for the financial statements of foreign subsidiaries examined by other auditors. Some auditors may find themselves...more

Why Should I make A Voluntary Disclosure, My Money is Not in a Swiss Bank

I was asked recently, “why should I make a Voluntary Disclosure when my offshore money is not in a Swiss Bank?” This is a very important question. First, no lawyer admitted in California is going to advise a client to...more

How Offshore Trust Accounts Work

A simple graphic illustration showing how money moves in a legal and tax compliant way in and out of offshore trust accounts. Great for those considering the strategy as part of an Asset Protection system or investment plan....more

CHECKS AND BALANCES OF THE ASSET PROTECTION TRUST

A great, simple summary of the checks and balances present to protect clients using Asset Protection Trusts by my colleague Douglass Lodmell....more

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

This is a memo that I wrote as part of a practicum/internship component of a study-abroad program that I attended in Santiago, Chile during the summer of 2008. It provides a general overview of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as...more

Wining and Dining Foreign Officials: What's OK and What's a Crime

"In December 2007, Lucent Technologies Inc. secured a non-prosecution agreement from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and settled an enforcement action with the SEC for conduct related to travel and entertainment expenses...more

Wining and Dining Foreign Officials: What's OK and What's a Crime

"In December 2007, Lucent Technologies Inc. secured a non-prosecution agreement from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and settled an enforcement action with the SEC for conduct related to travel and entertainment expenses...more

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