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This Week in FCPA-Episode 31, the Government Speaks edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 31, week ending December 2, 2016-the Government Speaks edition 1. Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates remarks at 33rd annual ACI National FCPA Conference; 2. Head of SEC...more

Entering the Sandbox - Guidelines released for FinTech entrepreneurs and entities

Guidelines on entering the Sandbox - On 16 November 2016 the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released its “regulatory sandbox” (Sandbox) guidelines for FinTech experiments to be conducted in a controlled...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 19-SEC and Dodd-Frank enforcement going forward [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into a couple of issues surrounding the new Trump administration. The first is the 'Trump Risk' disclosure that several companies have made since the election. The second is...more

SEC Hosts Panel Discussion on Online Marketplace Lending and Crowdfunding in First Ever SEC Fintech Forum

On November 14, 2016, the SEC hosted a panel discussion entitled the “Impact of Recent Innovation in Capital Formation,” as part of its public forum on financial technology (Fintech) innovation held in Washington, D.C., and...more

Eagle Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Arsia Therapeutics

This morning, Eagle Pharmaceuticals announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Arsia Therapeutics. According to Arsia’s website, Arsia’s technology enables the production of high-concentration, low-viscosity...more

Corporate Governance Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies - As outside legal counsel to a wide range of public companies in the technology and life sciences industries, many of which are based in Silicon...more

Myanmar’s Yangon Stock Exchange to Establish Blockchain-based Stock Exchange

Daiwa Securities Group, a Tokyo-based securities brokerage, will be working with Myanmar’s Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) to establish a Blockchain-based stock exchange by integrating Daiwa’s equity trading into the Yangon...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016 #5

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Board Basics: Advisory Boards - A seed or series A round often triggers a game of musical chairs for board seats. Fortunately, an advisory board serves as...more

SEC Announces Agenda, Panelists for Nov. 14 Fintech Forum

On November 3, 2016, the SEC announced the agenda and the panelists for its first ever fintech forum on November 14th. As noted in the announcement, the session, which will begin at 9 a.m. ET, will be divided into four...more

Coins Series A Financing Opens Bitcoin to Underserved Global Community

A Philippines bitcoin startup, Coins, recently announced a $5 million investment from global investors, to help it expand its reach to underbanked communities in Southeast Asia. The Series A round is a big shot in the arm to...more

Know Your Code: Open Source Usage Can Close Software

Buyout firms spent more than $39.38bn acquiring technology businesses in H1 2016, accounting for 28% of all global deal value and making technology the preferred sector for investment during the period. With investment...more

3D Printing News: Recent M&A Activity; Copyright’s Conceptual Separability Test; Expiring Patents

Here are recent and significant M&A deals in the 3D space. In September, GE acquired SLM Solutions and Arcam, reportedly spending $1.4 billion for both. Arcam provides a cost-efficient additive manufacturing solution...more

Cyber in the Board Room: Balancing Risk and Oversight

Boards of directors remain increasingly exposed to the threat of liability arising from data breaches and other cyber-incidents. Nearly a year ago, Senators Jack Reed and Susan Collins introduced the Cybersecurity...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 16-SOX reporting & disclosure controls and COSO Framework unity [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I discuss the differences between SOX 404 reporting controls and 302 disclosure controls. We then pivot to a discussion of the potential merging of the COSO 2013 Framework for controls with the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The first 100 days of your startup: From registering a name to funding options - How to start a startup: Advice from startup founders - Techworld talks...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 27, the Walla Walla Edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 27, week ending October 21, 2016-the Walla Walla Edition 1. Lennox Industries self-reports a $425 bribe; 2. Another guilty plea in FIFA corruption scanda; 3. Public Citizen letter to DOJ/SEC re:...more

September 2016 IPO Market Review

The IPO market produced 14 IPOs in September, representing the second highest monthly figure for 2016 and only one behind May’s tally of 15 IPOs. The month’s total represents the third-busiest September since 2000, trailing...more

This Week in FCPA-Epiode 26, the East Lansing Edition [Video]

In this episode, Jay and I discuss the following: 1. World Bank Debarments- as reported on the FCPA Blog; 2. Spanish pharma Grifols lands its second DOJ declination-as reported on the FCPA Blog; 3. Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Potential Shift in SEC’s Proxy Access No-Action Policy and Other New Guidance from...

The third quarter of 2016 saw the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) carry forward its momentum from an active second quarter. Recent developments include new SEC Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DI) and...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 285, Francine McKenna on the Taylor Bean litigation against PwC [Video]

In this episode I visit with WSJ MarketWatch reporter Francine McKenna on the recently concluded Taylor Bean litigation against PwC and what it might mean for the Big 3 going forward. ...more

Second Quarter Venture Funding Increases 20% from First Quarter

Earlier this year, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the second quarter of...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 15-breakdowns in the three lines of compliance defense [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I go deep into the weeds in our discussion of the three lines of compliance defense and how they failed at Wells Fargo and Credit Suisse. We talk about Matt's multi-dimensional view of the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Should Your Startup Take the B Corp Route? To B Corp or not to B Corp? If that’s the question your startup is asking, WilmerHale Partner Mick Bain offers...more

The Evolution of Advice: Digital Investment Advisers as Fiduciaries

The landscape for investment advice is shifting, and an innovative model has emerged that combines technology and investment expertise to deliver high-quality advice at a lower cost than traditional investment advisory...more

US derivatives regulator strengthens cybersecurity testing obligations: key takeaways

Amid growing concern regarding cybersecurity preparedness, the US derivatives regulator recently issued regulations aimed at strengthening cybersecurity obligations for certain financial services entities. On September 8,...more

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