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Donations and Grants in China: Compliance Controls Beyond T&E

While travel and entertainment expenses have presented significant compliance challenges for life sciences companies operating in China, donations and grants can also pose notable compliance risks. China’s escalated...more

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls and Cultural Considerations When Conducting International Business in Asia

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Detailed technical definitions and explanations of what constitutes corrupt practices are available. A simple explanation is that furnishing a foreign government official with...more

No Longer a Mirage: FCPA Compliance and Cooperation Has Its Benefits

On September 12, 2016, the SEC announced that it had reached a settlement with Jun Ping Zhang (“Ping”), a former executive of a Chinese subsidiary of Harris Corporation (“Harris”), regarding alleged violations of the Foreign...more

Court in LendingClub Class Action Requires Due Diligence by Lead Plaintiff Before Approving Lead Counsel

In a recent decision in the now-consolidated LendingClub class action cases, Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California appointed a lead plaintiff but unexpectedly declined to appoint lead counsel at the same...more

IP Due Diligence in M&A Transactions [Video]

Wendy A. Choi, who leads Ballard Spahr's Patents Group, talks about the importance of intellectual property due diligence during M&A transaction....more

The Ping FCPA Enforcement Action: Lessons for the Compliance Practitioner

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action against an individual earlier this month when it announced the resolution of a matter involving Jun Ping Zhang,...more

Safety topic was emphasized, not “buried in hundreds of power point slides”: employer establishes due diligence, not guilty in...

A Saskatchewan employer has been found not guilty of six occupational health and safety charges after a worker died of suffocation when he became engulfed in a grain receiving pit.  The employer’s extensive safety program had...more

Yahoo Breach and Data/Information Security

The massive breach of accounts at Yahoo revealed on September 22, 2016, brings several thoughts to mind: The purchase of Yahoo by Verizon Wireless has not yet closed. Any companies undergoing diligence on the M&A front...more

Trust But Verify - Due Diligence with a Jaded Eye

Ronald Reagan’s mantra with respect to US-Soviet relations in the 1980s applies with equal force to today’s world of due diligence. (I know it shows my age that I can recall this statement). Not all due diligence cases...more

Avoiding Post-Closing Surprises after an Acquisition

Growth is a goal of nearly every company, and mergers and acquisitions are one vehicle to make growth happen. When it comes to M&A, the last thing you want is an unexpected dispute after signing on the dotted line. ...more

“Reason To Know” – A Chilling Term For Exporters

It’s a simple question – if a U.S. exporter sells its product to a foreign customer, and the customer resells the product to a prohibited country such as Iran, can the U.S. exporter have liability for an export violation? ...more

Three Key Takeaways from the Nu Skin FCPA Settlement for a Corrupt Charitable Donation

In a rare enforcement action, the SEC settled an FCPA enforcement action for $766,000 for a charitable donation of $154,000 to improperly influence a high-ranking Chiese Communist party official to prevent a provincial agency...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2016

Implementing Islamic Financing for Renewable Energy Projects - The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has recently seen a surge of interest in developing renewable energy, in particular solar energy projects. Led...more

Managing Risks in Acquisitions from Financially Challenged Sellers in the Resources & Energy Sector

Impact of Low Commodity Prices - After a decade long boom in the resources and energy sector, prices across almost all commodities declined from 2012, with particularly sharp declines during 2015 and into 2016, as supply...more

Three Big Reasons Government Contractors Should Complete Seller-Side Due Diligence

If approached properly, selling your business will rank among the most significant and rewarding moves of your career, representing the culmination of years of patience, hard work and vision. Whether you are planning a sale...more

Groundwork for an M&A Exit – Due Diligence Topics

Selling the company involves a lot of time and effort for management, but there are a few things you can do to get ready for a sale to improve the speed and reduce somewhat the pain of the process. Below are tips on...more

Third-Party Risk Management – Part 1: Contract Extension

Risk Management is a constant theme for top management as it might make the difference between a successful move and failure. It implies identification, assessment and prioritization of risks....more

German DPA Publishes First Privacy Shield Guidelines, Requires German-Law Contracts for Transfers

On June 7, 2016, the European Commission adopted the US-EU Privacy Shield. Companies that self-certify under Privacy Shield with the US Department of Commerce – dubbed “Privacy Shield organizations” – are thus officially...more

When Diligence is Not Given its “Due”

I find myself quibbling with compliance terms – hyper focus on small issues is not a positive trait. I often urge clients and colleagues to focus on issue of more significance and leave the smaller ones for another day....more

Where is the “Accenture” in Law?

A pet theory of mine is that one of the causes of the lack of genuine innovation in traditional law (clearly not the only cause nor necessarily the largest which has to be the absence of real change in buyer behavior) is a...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that SOX 304 Clawback Applies to Executives that are Not at Fault

The Ninth Circuit recently held that Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX 304) allows for a clawback of certain CEO and CFO compensation regardless of whether the clawback was triggered by the personal misconduct of...more

Blog: Prep to Sell – Getting Ready for an M&A Exit

OK, so you have made the decision to explore a sale of your company. What can you do to make the deal go smoothly and put your best foot forward? Clean the House. Ask your outside counsel and accounting teams to help...more

Due Diligence For Bankable Solar PV Projects

Sharp reductions in the price of solar PV technology, dramatic technological advancement and (until recently) generous subsidies for solar PV generation have enabled developers to project reliable and attractive revenues over...more

Here’s the Story of a Lovely Merger: E-Discovery Preparedness During the M&A Process

When I think of mergers, I can’t help but hum the tune to the Brady Bunch theme and imagine the grid of squares, each with the smiling face of that lovely lady and her daughters, and the man named Brady and his sons. If only...more

Looking at Culture with Compliance Program Assessments; Eric Feldman Explains [PODCAST].

Eric Feldman, Senior Vice President at Affiliated Monitors, Inc. discusses with me why third party assessments are essential for meeting the obligations outlined by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. We also discuss the...more

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