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The Passing of Günter Grass and Compliance Week 2015 Is Near

Günter Grass died this week. The contradictions that made up post-war Germany were wrapped up in him as well as any other single person I know anything about. He was a Nobel Prize winner for literature, who, it was revealed...more

SEC Looks to Increase Focus on Enforcement of FCPA Accounting Provisions

Government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) typically involves both criminal charges pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Microcap fraud, misappropriation by investment advisers and offering fraud cases were the focus of SEC enforcement this week. The Commission filed a microcap fraud action centered on blank check companies involving ten...more

New UAE Commercial Companies Law: A Move Towards Global Standards

On 1 April 2015, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, enacted Federal Law No 2 of 2015 (the Commercial Companies Law, or Law). The Law brings to a close several years of...more

SAFE Further Relaxes Control of FIE’s Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) issued the Notice of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange Regarding the Reform of the Administration of Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement1 for...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Luxembourg Fund Sector Continues to Grow - The CSSF press release 15/15 dated 26 March 2015 provides an overview of regulated UCIs at the end of February 2015 and confirms total assets under management of more than EUR...more

Full Steam Ahead for the Through-Train – The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Part One

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the “Stock Connect”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between Mainland China and Hong Kong, was announced in April 2014 by Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action Against Japan Based Controller

The Commission filed a financial fraud action against a former senior accounting officer and controller of Molex Japan Co., Ltd., the Japanese based subsidiary of publically traded Molex Inc. The scheme, which took place in...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #3

DOL Fiduciary Standard Proposal. The Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking including a definition of the term “fiduciary,” a conflict of interest rule for retirement investments, new exemptions and...more

Japanese Fund Regulatory Framework—2015 Amendment

On March 24, 2015, an amendment bill (“Amendment Bill”) to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan (“FIEA”) was approved by the Cabinet and was submitted to the Diet for its consideration. The Amendment Bill...more

The New UAE Commercial Companies Law 2015

A new commercial companies law (“New CC Law”) was issued in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) on 1 April 2015 and will come into effect within the next three months. The New CC Law applies to companies established in the UAE...more

A Neglected Compliance Task: Program Assessments

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. – Groucho Marx - Sometimes compliance practitioners miss the forest from the trees. They can get lost in the details of their...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 151-Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation [Video]

In this episode I visit with Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation who discusses the work of the WFL....more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015 #2

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Expands Applicability of Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement - US Federal Reserve Board Requests Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Regulation D -...more

FBI Establishes “Dedicated International Corruption Squads” to Bust FCPA Violators

The squads will extend the capabilities of the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission to gather evidence and enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act....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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Steps Towards a Capital Markets Union - The European Commission is consulting on a blueprint for creating a harmonized capital market across the EU, to facilitate capital raising in the EU while maintaining consumer and...more

How to Conduct Internal Investigations Outside the United States

Think of a U.S.-headquartered multinational when it receives an allegation of serious misconduct at one of its overseas operations. Maybe the company whistleblower hotline just got a tip that a secretary in the Buenos Aires...more

ESMA to Centralize Instrument Reference and Trade Repositories Data

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) has launched two major projects at the request of a number of National Competent Authorities (“NCAs”): the Instrument Reference Data Project and the Trade Repositories...more

Steps Towards a Capital Markets Union

The European Commission is consulting on a blueprint for creating a harmonised capital market across the EU, to facilitate capital raising in the EU while maintaining consumer and investor protection by simplifying the...more

Investment in real estate: France-German double tax treaty changes

On 31 March 2015, the Governments of France and Germany signed an amendment to the France-German treaty dated (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in real estate. For France, this...more

Newsletter: March 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: .. Inter Partes Review and the ITC: The Benefits and Risks of Filing IPR on Patents Asserted in an ITC Investigation - Noted With Interest: .. Securities Act Claims...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

German Investment Fund Statistics - In March 2015, the German Investment Fund Association BVI issued its latest investment statistics report as of 31 January 2015, giving an overview of the net assets and net sales...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed another FCPA action, this time against the company that financed a “world tour” as part of the bribes paid by employees to secure business. Previously, the Commission filed an action against the employees. ...more

EBA and BOE Weigh in on EU Risk Retention

The Bank of England (“BOE”) and European Central Bank (the “ECB”) recently published a joint response1 to the report and short opinion issued late last year by the European Bank Authority (“EBA”) on how to improve the...more

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