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Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - April 2015

It’s Stifling in Here! SEC Rules That Companies Can’t Put Restrictive Language in Confidentiality Agreements That Could Potentially Stifle Whistleblowers - Why it matters: On April 1, 2015, the SEC announced its...more

FLIR FCPA Action Highlights: Continued Focus on Penalizing Improper Expenditures for Government Officials

FLIR Systems, Inc. (“FLIR”), a publicly traded company based in Oregon, agreed to pay approximately $9.5 million to settle allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) on April 8, 2015. The U.S....more

Petition Urges DOL To Target Contractual Clauses Discouraging Whistleblowing

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) and Zuckerman Law recently petitioned the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) to issue rules and guidance prohibiting “de facto” gag clauses in settlement and severance agreements that...more

SEC Message to Government Contractors: Don't Limit Whistleblowing

On April 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) settled its first enforcement action against a company for violating whistleblower protections by including restrictive language in confidentiality agreements used in...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

SEC Enforcement Action Puts Publicly-Traded Contractors’ Internal Investigation Policies in the Crosshairs

KBR, Inc., has agreed to pay a civil money penalty of $130,000 to settle allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission that KBR violated the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Specifically, the...more

FinCrimes Update - February 2015 Summary, Volume 2, Issue 2

On February 25, New York DFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky delivered remarks at Columbia Law School focusing on how state bank regulators can better supervise financial institutions in a post-financial crisis era. In his...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Legal Risks for Brazilian and U.S. Persons Arising From U.S. Investigations of Petrobras

One of Brazil’s largest corruption investigations – an investigation involving Petrobras, Brazil’s government-controlled oil company – has attracted the attention of United States prosecutors and regulators....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC named ratings giant Standard & Poor’s in three actions this week and one of its senior executives in another. The firm settled all three actions, admitting to a series of facts but not violations of the law in one...more

The New Enforcement Threat – Sanctions Violations

To label the current enforcement environment as “tough” is a dramatic understatement. I never understand why lawyers spend so much time touting the new, aggressive enforcement era as part of their marketing pitches –...more

FCPA Digest - January 2015

In this issue: - Recent Trends and Patterns in FCPA Enforcement - Foreign Bribery Criminal Prosecution Under the FCPA - Foreign Bribery Civil Actions Instituted by the Department of Justice under the...more

Successful Exit Strategies

In this presentation: - M&A Landscape/Deal Structure - M&A Landscape/Deal Structure - Third Party Sale Alternatives - Excerpt from M&A Landscape/Deal Structure: Presentation Goals - -...more

6 Questions To Ask Before An Internal Investigation

Every company, large or small, will eventually face a problem that requires an internal investigation. Boiled to its essence, an internal investigation is really nothing more than a way to obtain information to avoid or solve...more

DOJ Criminal Division Renews Efforts to Investigate Whistleblower Allegations

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has signaled a heightened effort to bring criminal prosecutors into the loop regarding False Claims Act referrals and other whistleblower complaints. In recent remarks at a conference comprised...more

SEC Brings Its Sixth Insider Trading Action As An Administrative Proceeding Since September

The SEC is clearly bringing more cases as administrative proceedings. To be sure, many of its “broken windows” actions are brought in that forum. At the same time, it is brining other cases which are traditionally brought as...more

White Collar Watch - September 2014

In This Issue: - Conditions of participation vs. conditions of payment – a recent trend in False Claims Act cases - SEC gives first whistleblower award to audit and compliance employee - Whistleblower...more

White Collar Watch - August 2014

In This Issue: - Court of Appeals asked to clarify scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections - Supreme Court to address circuit splits on wartime tolling and first-to-file bar - IRS amends...more

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: More Confusion for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

My house, my rules. That was the approach seemingly taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) when it crafted the regulations governing eligibility of Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses...more

SEC Issues Additional FAQs On Engineering Exclusion From Municipal Advisor Rules

We have reviewed prior SEC guidance on the municipal advisor rules, from a view point of structuring a business to avoid a municipal advisory role. The SEC has now issued additional FAQs, including on the engineering...more

Russian Legislation Update - 10 February – 2 March 2014

In This Issue: - Banking - Anti-Money Laundering - Concession Agreements - Public Procurement - Employment/Foreign Citizens - Court Practice: Bankruptcy - Excerpt from Banking - On 25...more

White Collar Watch - January 2014

In This Issue: - SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Report shows best practices make for an effective compliance and ethics program - In unprecedented move, government seeks to extend the responsible...more

The Compliance Crystal Ball—Top 10 Compliance Trends For 2014

It is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014. 1. Executive Order 13627 Changes Government Contracting - Want a government contract...more

Top 10 Compliance Trends For 2014

As 2013 wraps up, it is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014: 1. Executive Order 13627 on Trafficking in Government Contracts —...more

First Pay-To-Play Exemption Becomes Effective For Hedge Fund

Rule 206(4)-5(a)(1) under the Investment Advisers Act prohibits a registered investment adviser from providing investment advisory services for compensation to a government entity within two years after a contribution to an...more

SEC Grants Rare Exemptive Relief from Pay-to-Play “Time-Out” Provision

In what may be a case of first impression, the SEC recently granted exemptive relief from Rule 206(4)-5(a)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the “time-out” provision of the pay-to-play rule. In general, Rule...more

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