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Disclosures in corporate transactions: A comparison of the UK/Singapore and US approaches

In negotiating the terms of a sale and purchase agreement, whether for a transfer of shares or business assets of a company, a purchaser will often have to rely on the results of its due diligence and the seller’s warranties....more

Hong Kong Proposes Enhanced AML Obligations for Professionals and Beneficial Owner Registries for Hong Kong Companies

The Hong Kong Government has recently proposed to expand its anti-money laundering (“AML”) laws. This is expected to assist Hong Kong in keeping pace with AML developments in other financial centers, and to prepare for its...more

Court Finds Consultant Not Liable to Prospective Purchaser Regarding ESA Performed for Lender

A California appeals court ruled on February 8, 2017 (Mao v. PIERS Envtl. Servs., Inc., 2017 BL 37928, No. H041214, Cal. App. 6th) that an environmental consultant had no duty to a prospective purchaser of contaminated...more

Top 10 Things Corporate Attorneys Should Know About Insurance

Almost every corporate transaction — mergers, purchase and sales, real estate matters, among others — involves some “insurance” related issues. They can range from simple “insurance requirements” in the corporate documents to...more

The UK Modern Slavery Act – A Compliance Primer for Fund Managers

Starting this year, a significant number of fund managers based all over the world will be among the approximately 12,000 companies that will be required to publish an annual statement under the transparency provisions of the...more

FTC Takes Another Look at Merger Remedies

On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to 2012. Nearly two decades after it issued a similar...more

IP Due Diligence: The Five Questions You Must Ask in Corporate Transactions

Konstantin Linnik, Ph.D., a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department, addressed the importance of intellectual property due diligence in corporate transactions in Nutter Insights. Konstantin discussed when a...more

Is compliance with industry standards enough to establish due diligence? Alberta Court of Appeal set to consider this issue

We recently wrote about the decision in R. v. Precision Drilling Canada Ltd., where the Appeal Judge set aside the trial verdicts and ordered a new trial in a workplace fatality case. The Crown sought leave to appeal that...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - February 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a federal court decision holding that U.S.-based companies may be...more

Key Issues for Due Diligence of Government Contracts – Part II

In a recent blog post, I highlighted key issues to be analyzed when performing due diligence on a target company that performs government contracts. In addition to the review of government contracts, comprehensive due...more

U.S. Customs and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

During the campaign, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) was mostly mentioned by President Trump in the context of illegal immigration. Controlling the flow of people, however, is only one of the jobs of CBP, which is part...more

New Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct

After several months of consultation and deliberations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) rendered public a revised draft Guidance on Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC Guide)....more

"Navigating the Challenges of Chinese Acquisitions of US Insurers"

Chinese investment in the U.S. insurance industry continued steadily in 2016, notwithstanding efforts by the Chinese government to impose new restrictions on outbound M&A. (See "Regional Focus: Asia.") Examples of such...more

2016 Year End Review: Banking Regulators Try to Ease Concerns Over Aggressive AML/BSA Enforcement

On August 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and four U.S. federal banking regulators sought to correct a problem—at least in part one of their own creation—by issuing a “Joint Fact Sheet on Foreign Correspondent...more

"SEC Acting Chairman Directs Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule"

The acting chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, recently released two public statements concerning the conflict minerals rule applicable to companies that file Exchange Act...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – January 2017

Managing Risks in Acquisitions from Financially Challenged Sellers in the Resources & Energy Sector - Low Commodity Prices - After a decade long boom in the resources and energy sector, prices across almost all...more

Key Issues for Due Diligence of Government Contracts – Part I

Comprehensive due diligence review of any target company is imperative when determining whether to buy another company. Layer on the fact that the target company has government contracts then several unique issues must also...more

Covenants in upstream acquisitions and divestitures

Introduction - Upstream sale and purchase transactions are complex. In most instances, they are based not on simultaneous signing and completion, but rather on signing followed by a lengthy period leading to completion....more

C-Suite Misconduct Results in Sociedad Quimica Y Minera FCPA Resolution with DOJ and SEC

In an unusual FCPA enforcement action, the Justice Department and the SEC resolved FCPA violations against Sociedad Quimica y Minera, a Chilean chemical and mining company, for a total of $30.5 million, for paying...more

Business Litigation Report - January 2017

China's 2016 Cybersecurity Law Will Change the Way Multinational Companies Do Business in China - China adopted its controversial Cybersecurity Law on November 7, 2016. The law, which will take effect on June 1, 2017,...more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES B.

The Plaintiff did not show a “want of diligence” in failing to take any proactive steps in discovering and naming the landlord of a nightclub as a defendant in a personal injury action five-and-a-half years after the...more

SFC Publishes Circulars and Updates FAQs on the Triggering of, and Compliance with, Suitability Obligations

Key Points - - Clarification and new guidance relating to suitability obligations under the Code of Conduct. - Outlines the regulatory obligations of licensed or registered persons....more

January 2017: White Collar Litigation Update

OFAC’s Revised FAQs Regarding Iranian Sanctions: The Impact for Non-U.S. Companies Seeking to Do Business with Iran. On October 7, 2016 the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) revised its...more

Commercial Third Party Litigation Funders Exposed to Indemnity Costs in the UK

The UK Court of Appeal has held the funders of a losing claimant subject to a costs order on an indemnity basis as a result of the conduct of the claimant and its instructing solicitors. In Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas...more

Four Things Compliance Practitioner Should Know About the Eurasian Economic Union

Four Things Compliance Practitioner Should Know About the Eurasian Economic Union - An effective Compliance risk management at emerging markets for any business significantly depends on timeous observation of changes in...more

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