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SEC Finds Loan to Investment Adviser’s CEO a Conflict of Interest

Consulting Services Group, LLC, or CSG, was a registered investment adviser whose business included providing consulting services to public pension funds. These consulting services included recommending third-party investment...more

SEC 2015 Examination Priorities Focus on Liquid Alternatives and Fixed-Income Funds

On January 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2015 examination priorities for investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and...more

What’s Really Going on with PE Firms’ Fees?

Pepper Hamilton LLP, a multi-practice law firm that represents private equity clients throughout the life cycle of an investment fund, recently partnered with PEF Services and PEI to conduct a survey of 104 U.S. alternative...more

Some Multi-Unit Franchisees are Public Companies

While most of the private equity and public offering activity of franchise companies focuses on franchise brands and systems, every now and then a large, multi-unit franchisee will go public or seek private equity financing....more

ESMA Publishes Technical Advice on MiFID II

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published final technical advice on December 19 to the European Commission, and a consultation paper on the MiFID II Directive and the Markets in Financial Instruments...more

Franchisor IPOs Were Strong in 2014

While private equity activity continued in strength in 2014, franchisors also launched initial public offerings (IPOs) in the last year. Recent IPOs of franchise companies include the following: ?Habit Restaurants Inc....more

Regulators Jointly Approve Final Risk Retention Rule

On October 22, coordinated by the Department of Treasury, six federal agencies – the Board of Governors, HUD, FDIC, FHFA, OCC, and SEC – approved a final rule requiring sponsors of securitized transactions, such as...more

Why Subfranchising is Rare in the U.S.

Subfranchising is one of three multi-unit franchise structures that the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) addressed in their Multi-Unit Commentary, which was the subject of an earlier post. ...more

Trials Are About Truth; Consent Decrees Are About Pragmatism

I recently wrote about Judge Rakoff’s refusal to enter the SEC’s proposed consent decree in SEC v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., 827 F. Supp. 2d 328 (SDNY 2011) – and the shift in SEC enforcement policy that it prompted. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 18-Walmart-Be a Leader in Compliance [Video]

In this episode 18, I discuss the reasons why Wal-Mart should use its current FCPA issues to become a leader in the area of anti-bribery compliance....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 15-GSK in China: a Game Changer in Compliance [Video]

In this Episode 15, I am interviewed by Mary Flood about my recent eBook, GSK in China: a Game Changer in Compliance. I believe that this case will be one of the most significant international anti-corruption developments in...more

What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for New York and New Jersey Businesses?

What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for New York and New Jersey Businesses? by Dan Brecher on October 2, 2013 The federal government officially entered a partial shutdown as members of Congress failed to reach an...more

Lessons Learned from the BizJet Executives FCPA Enforcement Actions [Video]

BizJet self-disclosed to the DOJ, engaged in what the DOJ termed “extraordinary cooperation” and remediated the people and conduct in question. Further, DuBois and Uhl not only offered themselves up but actively worked with...more

California Bill Would Expand Liability For Securities Fraud, Impose New Fees, Expand Commissioner’s Powers

In late February, Senator Jerry Hill introduced a bill, SB 538, to substantially amend the Franchise Investment Law. A few days later, the bill was read for the first time and set for hearing by the Senate Banking and...more

The CCO: Co-Equal to the General Counsel in the Eyes of the DOJ?

One of the items that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has increasingly focused on in its enforcement actions is the role of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and whether this position has adequate staffing and resources to...more

Race to the Bottom: Wal-Mart’s FCPA Investigation and the Houston Astros

So who do you think had the better day – the Houston Astros Monday or Wal-Mart Tuesday? Yesterday, the Astros announced the signing of Carlos Pena to be their Designated Hitter (DH) for the 2013 season. Pena’s 2012 average –...more

Banks Behaving Badly or Brother Can You Spare A Billion (or Two)?

Remember when a billion dollars was real money? Over the past couple of weeks there have been some mammoth fines paid by financial institutions for conduct, which would appear to fall under the category of “Banks Behaving...more

Days of Future Passed: The Moody Blues and the End of Facilitation Payments?

This past weekend I caught the Moody Blues’ tour celebrating the 45th anniversary of their seminal classic album, “Days of Future Passed”. This was the second album released by the band and while I had always thought of it as...more

A Cornucopia of Great FCPA Articles for Your Friday Consideration

It has been a great couple of weeks for article regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). While I have resisted having a Friday Round Up of all things FCPA compliance related because both the FCPA Professor, on his...more

The Ethical Business Compact-A New Compliance Best Practice?

Found on page 54 of the recently released Department of Justice (DOJ) Guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is the following language: “Chapter 8 of the Sentencing Guidelines, which governs the sentencing of...more

The Ethical Business Compact-A New Compliance Best Practice?

Found on page 54 of the recently released Department of Justice (DOJ) Guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is the following language: “Chapter 8 of the Sentencing Guidelines, which governs the sentencing of...more

Doing More with Less in Your Compliance Program (Not the 2013 Astros)

t was reported today that the Houston Astros pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training on February 11, 2013, with position players reporting on February 15. I thought about how much I used to look forward to Spring...more

How to Create a Post-Acquisition FCPA Compliance Program Integration Plan

Your company has just made its largest acquisition ever and your Chief Executive Officer (CEO) says that he wants you to have a compliance post-acquisition integration plan on his desk in one week. Where do you begin? Of...more

The FCPA Guidance and Declinations

I have previously written about my belief that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) should go further in releasing information about Declinations to Prosecute Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases self-reported to both it...more

How the Noir Novel Informs Your Compliance Program

In the Work Matters column in the December 3 Issue of the Texas Lawyer, in an article entitled, “Ten Phrases Lawyers Hear That Portend Disaster” author Michael Maslanka explored his love of noir fiction, which I...more

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