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Complete Revision of German Securities Trading Act Passed German Parliament

by Jones Day on

On 30 March 2017, the German Parliament (Bundestag) finally approved a complete revision of the German Securities Trading Act (Wertpapierhandelsgesetz) as part of the Second Financial Markets Reform Act (2....more

Manufacturing Matters May 2017

by DLA Piper on

As mentioned in the last issue of Manufacturing Matters, “Smart Manufacturing”, including automation, is gaining momentum. A number of leading global manufacturers have already adopted it, and according to The Annual...more

The EU's and UK's negotiating priorities for Brexit - ten things businesses need to know

by DLA Piper on

On 22 May 2017 the EU adopted its negotiating Directives setting out how it will negotiate the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. It is expected that formal negotiations will start soon after the UK general elections on 8 June....more

Law à la Mode: Special Edition - INTA 2017

by DLA Piper on

The Belgian editorial team is delighted to bring you this special edition of Law a` la Mode, marking the 139th INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona. Just some of the focuses for this special edition include the dangers of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Citigroup announced yesterday that it’ll pay nearly $100 million to resolve a long-running federal investigation into its Banamex USA group over lax money-laundering monitoring (largely for transfers between the US and...more

MAS Asian Bond Grant Scheme

by Hogan Lovells on

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) launched its new Asian Bond Grant Scheme (the Scheme) on 9 January 2017 with the stated aims of strengthening the Asian bond market and encouraging Asian issuers to raise...more

Shareholder Rights Directive: Parliament Resolution at First Reading to Adopt Directive

by Jones Day on

On 14 March 2017, the European Parliament resolved to adopt the Commission's proposal to amend the Shareholder Rights Directive. The amendments approved by Parliament include...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms First Federal Criminal Jury Conviction for Economic Espionage

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on May 5, 2017 upheld the 2014 convictions of a California businessman, Walter Liew (“Liew”), and his company USA Performance Technology, Inc. (“USAPTI”), for various violations...more

From Bottom Bunk to Top Mind

I recently had the honor of being named to Compliance Week’s list of Top Minds for 2017, earning the title of “The Great Communicator” from Bill Coffin, Donna Rice, and the CW team....more

Understanding Special Counsel Mueller’s Authorization

by Michael Volkov on

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week was a blockbuster development in the investigation of the administration....more

Impact of Online Sales Restrictions on EU and German Competition Enforcement

by Reed Smith on

In the course of its E-commerce Sector Inquiry (Sector Inquiry) launched in May 2015, the European Commission gained an insight into the standard business practices engaged in by producers of consumer goods when distributing...more

Litigation Funding and Its Implications for US and UK Insurers

by Sedgwick LLP on

Litigation funding is growing rapidly with the emergence of new funds and wealthy individuals willing to back cases in an ever-expanding number of jurisdictions, including in the US and the UK. It is enabling claims to be...more

European Commission's Antitrust Concerns Lead to Syndicated Loans Market Study

by Jones Day on

In April 2017, the European Commission ("Commission") published a tender offer seeking an assessment of the EU market for loan syndication and possible implications under EU competition rules. The successful candidate will...more

Ambassador Lighthizer Notifies Congress of the Administration’s Intent to Enter into NAFTA Renegotiations

Yesterday morning, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate renegotiations with Mexico and Canada on the North American Free Trade...more

CFTC Proposes to Amend Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Report Requirements

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On May 3, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved for publication in the Federal Register proposed amendments to its rules regarding the duties of Chief Compliance Officers (“CCOs”) for swap dealers...more

Brazilian Green Bonds: Fibria Celulose S.A.

by White & Case LLP on

It is now widely acknowledged that there is an enormous need for 'green' infrastructure, be it urban transport, renewable power or water services. The Better Growth, Better Climate 2016 report by the New Climate Economy...more

Roundtable on Geopolitical Risks and Effective Response Strategies

On May 4, 2017, 15 business leaders gathered at Skadden’s Palo Alto office to discuss the current political and policy environments in the U.S. and abroad, as well as their implications for the technology sector. Participants...more

Legislation Relating to Capital Formation

As the 115th United States Congress is currently in session, a number of bills designed to promote capital raising for companies have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. In the last two months, both the House...more

Does Your Organization Need an Anti-Bribery Management System?

Microsoft and Wal-Mart recently announced that their organizations recognize the value of having a uniform international standard across their organizations to combat bribery, and will now be seeking ISO 37001 Certification...more

EU Tightens Food Fraud Prevention Rules

by K&L Gates LLP on

The EU Institutions have recently agreed on a new general framework for official controls performed by the food safety authorities of the Member States, to verify compliance with feed and food law (the “Official Controls...more

Facebook Sentenced to a €110 Million Fine at the Intersection of Competition Law and Data Protection Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the EU Commission sentenced Facebook to a “proportionate and deterrent” fine of €110 million for providing misleading information during the investigation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. This decision...more

Operationalizing Compliance: Part I – It All Starts with Pizza

by Thomas Fox on

With the release of their Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation) in February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) emphasized yet again the importance of actually doing compliance and not simply having a paper...more

China opens up the securities investment fund management industry: the first in a journey of ten thousand steps?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 30 June 2016, the industry self-regulating body, the Asset Management Association of China published what, on the face of it, appeared to be a fairly innocuous document entitled Questions and Answers regarding the...more

Facebook Is Fined US$122 Million by European Commission for Misleading Information in WhatsApp Merger Review

by Reed Smith on

Facebook is faced with a fine of EUR110 million (US$122 million) for providing misrepresentative or incorrect information to the European Commission when it filed the acquisition of WhatsApp for merger approval in...more

Obstruction of Justice – A Primer

by Michael Volkov on

Our political discourse these days has been focused on three key words – obstruction of justice. Whatever your politics may be, these words and the law surrounding obstruction of justice are important to understand....more

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