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Directors Need to Meet High Standard to Avoid Liability

The Tax Court of Canada again confirmed that directors of corporations will have a high burden to meet to establish a due diligence defence and avoid liability for unremitted source deductions....more

Do I need an attorney if I am buying or selling a business? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk Shareholder Neal Bookspan discusses if an attorney is needed if you are buying or selling a business. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com...more

December 2014: Bankruptcy and Restructuring Update

Bankruptcy Code Section 502(d): Getting Back to Basics. Traders in distressed debt face a myriad of questions and issues when acquiring claims against a company in distress. One common issue that traders should always ensure...more

Bobby Keys, the Rolling Stones and Establishing Trust

Bobby Keys died last week. What you probably did not know was that Keys was a Texan so we get to claim him. He was the saxophonist for the Rolling Stones and a number of other serious rockers. ...more

Building Your Third Party Due Diligence Checklist: The Right Pieces, Processes and Presumptions

A comprehensive approach to third party and vendor due diligence management is essential for any company conducting business globally. A strong due diligence program’s purpose is two-fold...more

DOJ Issues Opinion, Provides (Some) Comfort on Successor Liability

In a recent Opinion Procedure Release (OPR), Number 14-02, the U.S. Department of Justice expressly limited successor liability for a US company purchasing a non-US company that had paid bribes in the past. In so doing, DOJ...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: DOJ settles gun-jumping case, FTC issues fines for failure to submit HSR filing and FTC...

DOJ fines particleboard manufacturers $4.95 million for gun-jumping violations - On Friday, November 7, 2014, two companies agreed to pay $4.95 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) allegations that the...more

Thanksgiving-Eve Delaware Chancery Court Decision Refuses to Dismiss Fraud-Based Claims Against Private Equity Investors and...

On Thanksgiving Eve the Delaware Chancery Court issued a detailed opinion sure to be of significance to all parties involved in M&A transactions, particularly in the private equity space. In Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP...more

The Need to Vett Plan Providers

If I hire a bad contractor for my home or a bad accountant or bad attorney, it’s my cross to bear. Plan sponsors don’t have it that easy. If they choose a plan provider, they will be on the hook for liability because they are...more

Due Diligence and The Holy Grail — Red Flags

Compliance professionals love to bandy about the term “red flag.” It is a term with infinite meanings depending on the context. A red flag in a money-laundering context is different than a red flag in a corruption context....more

The Product Line Exception to Successor Liability Rules in the United States

In the United States, the general rule is that the purchaser of a business by way of an asset purchase is only responsible for those liabilities that it expressly or impliedly assumes from the seller. However, Canadian...more

"DOJ Antitrust Action Condemns Pre-Merger Coordination Requiring Target Company to Sell Factory"

On November 7, 2014, the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced a $5 million agreement to settle charges that Flakeboard and SierraPine had engaged in unlawful pre-merger coordination. The...more

Engineered Wood Manufacturers to Pay $3.8 Million in Fines and Disgorge $1.15 Million in Profits for Hart-Scott-Rodino Gun-Jumping...

In the first Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) gun-jumping enforcement action in five years, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a settlement with Flakeboard America Limited and SierraPine...more

Privacy Tuesday - November 2014 #2

Here are three privacy stories to start your week - 1. Dear “financial institution” : how is your data security?! Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) announced (press release) that on November 18 the Senator...more

Higher FCPA risks for mergers and acquisitions? Opinion Release 14-02 and your growing business – three steps

The Department of Justice has announced that it would take “no action” against a multinational corporation in connection with its acquisition of a foreign corporation with significant record-keeping deficiencies and a history...more

DOJ’s Second Opinion Release of 2014: Is DOJ Evolving Away from the Halliburton Opinion Standard?

The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) just issued its most recent FCPA Opinion Release, only the second in 2014. The Requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to whether...more

Conflict Minerals: D.C. Circuit to Reconsider Conflict Minerals Ruling; Initiatives Proceed in the European Union and China

Recent developments in the U.S., European Union and China underscore the dynamic nature of evolving supply chain due diligence requirements and expectations for companies sourcing tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. The...more

A Holistic Look at Third Party Risks

In the FCPA world, we tend to get myopic. We see complex issues and business operations through the prism of anti-corruption risks. Businesses and Chief Compliance Officers, however, have a very different perspective....more

Caveat Emptor: Five Steps to Avoid FCPA Successor Liability in M&A

Anti-corruption due diligence has become increasingly common in the M&A context. But when such pre-acquisition diligence identifies possible improper payments to foreign government officials or other red flags, what is the...more

Insolvency in the Fashion Retail Sector: Understanding and managing the risks of an insolvent acquisition

Opportunity Arises Out of Adversity - The recent global financial crisis has seen consumers tighten their belts and the retail industry as a whole has faced increasing pressure. Profits warnings have peppered the...more

Five Million Dollar Penalty is Stark Reminder About "Gun Jumping"

On November 7, 2014, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice ("DOJ") announced that it had imposed a civil penalty of $3.8M and disgorgement of $1.15M in profits on Flakeboard America Limited (and its parent...more

Opinion Release 14-02: Dis-Linking The Illegal Conduct Going Forward

One of my favorite words in the context of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement is dis-link. I find it a useful adjective in explaining how certain conduct by a company must be separated from the winning of...more

English High Court Holds Litigation Funders Liable for Indemnity Costs

The court’s decision will have wider significance for litigation funders, parties seeking funding, and their opponents. On 23 October, the English High Court handed down its judgment in Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas...more

Back in the game: The rise of US M&A

US M&A is bouncing back - After a tough few years, acquisitions in the United States have seen a remarkable resurgence - The first half of 2014 saw a great dealmaking revival in the United States. Deal values...more

Global HR Hot Topic—November 2014: Employment Law Toolkit for Cross-Border M&A Deals

Some years ago, a leading London corporate lawyer told The New York Times that in "merging two regular companies...you just do it and sort out the people issues afterwards." (A. Sorkin, "A Lawyer's Lawyer: Bridging Borders,"...more

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