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Double-Check the Math: Advisers Should Not Provide Clients With Performance Data Created by Other Investment Managers Without...

In a series of enforcement actions this week, the SEC made it clear that investment advisers need to substantiate the performance records of investment management firms they recommend to their clients. In these cases,...more

Five Key Takeaways from Key Energy’s SEC FCPA Settlement

The SEC, last week, announced its $5 million settlement with Key Energy. As always, FCPA settlements contain important examples of enforcement priorities and policies. Key Energy’s recent settlement is an example of the...more

Hallmark 2 – Code of Conduct and Compliance Policies and Procedures

The cornerstone of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program is its written protocols. This includes a Code of Conduct, policies and procedures. In the FCPA Guidance, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

The Basics of Board Service: Sheila Ronning Demystifies the Fundamentals

Long before adding women to boards was a hot topic, Sheila Ronning, CEO and founder of Women in the Boardroom, believed in the importance of providing women the opportunity to serve and excel on corporate boards. Today, as...more

Due Diligence Questions Chief Compliance Officers Should Ask In A Job Interview

The following guest post is by Maurice Gilbert, Managing Partner of Conselium Executive Search. Earlier this month I posed a question to Chief Compliance Officers around the world: “Since today’s regulatory climate means...more

FinCEN Expands Scope of “All Cash” GTOs

Continuing its efforts to deter the use of real estate as a vehicle to launder proceeds of criminal activity, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced its plan to extend the reach and time frame of...more

Assumption Reinsurance Refresher

On August 9, 2016, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) posted revised transaction instructions on its website for reinsurance on an assumption basis (Assumption Reinsurance). OSFI stated that the...more

In re Volcano Corporation Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 10485-VCMR (Del. Ch. June 30, 2016) (Montgomery-Reeves, V.C.).

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breach of fiduciary duty under Chancery Rule 12(b)(6), holding that an irrebuttable business judgment rule standard applies to a merger effected under...more

Accountability and Transition in ICANN’s New gTLD Program

Bringing accountability to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the little known yet hugely significant global regulator of the Internet domain name system, is always a significant victory. ICANN...more

WHS Update: Officer liability

The Model Act New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Territories have broadly similar WHS laws based on the model Act developed by Safe Work Australia (Model Act). Under the Model Act, officers...more

Brexit's Impact on ISDA Documentation

As previously noted in the client alert “Brexit: A First Look at the Impact on Asset Managers That Trade Derivatives,” Brexit is not anticipated to have an immediate impact on ISDA Documentation or derivatives contracts. ...more

Third Party Risk Management Not Just Due Diligence

The term “due diligence” is an overused expression in the compliance world. It has become a term to mean heightened concern or investigation. No one can really define what it means except to say it has different meanings in...more

Duty to Defend: Surplus Line Brokers and Professional Liability

Negligent solicitation and placement of insurance policies and failure to conduct due diligence into the admitted insurance market are covered under E&O policy - In a decision with significant implications for surplus...more

Due Diligence Questions Chief Compliance Officers Should Ask In A Job Interview

Ed. Note-Today I have a guest post from Maurice Gilbert, Managing Partner of Conselium Executive Search. In today’s regulatory climate, the Chief Compliance Officer faces increased personal liability for corporate...more

Common Interest Privilege in Cross-Border Matters: Canada vs. U.S. Law

While many tenets concerning the protections afforded by privilege are similar in both Canada and the United States, there are key differences and treatment when it comes to settlement and common interest privilege, as some...more

Case Note: The Underfunded Union Pension Plan and Asset Purchase Agreements

In a decision handed down by the Seventh Circuit on June 24, 2016, the court warned that a lack of familiarity with the concept of withdrawal liability cannot be used by a buyer of business assets as an excuse to avoid...more

New EU Data Protection Rules Move the M&A Goalposts

After over four years of debate, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recently came into force, taking effect after a two year transition period, i.e. from 25 May 2018. The GDPR introduces a rigorous and far-reaching...more

Should Professional Service Providers Assume Greater AML Vigilance Responsibilities?

Because they are known as “gatekeepers” in the financial industry, Professional Service Providers (PSPs), Bankers, Brokers, Realtors, Casino Managers, Trust Fund Managers, Money Managers, etc., carry a level of responsibility...more

Blog: Consultants Report On Conflict Minerals Due Diligence And Disclosure For 2015. But Has It Made A Difference For The DRC?

Two consulting firms, Assent Compliance and Source Intelligence, have published their studies on conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) reporting for 2015, the third year of required SEC reporting. For 2015,...more

Losing Both Ways: Debtor Diligence in the Identification of Claims

Two recent cases serve as reminders the devil is truly in the details. As to the front-end risks associated with an early § 363(f) sale, in In re Motors Liquidation Company (the “GM” case) we have seen a $10 billion reminder...more

[Webinar] Corporate Governance Essentials - Meritas Capability Webinar - August 17th, 1:00p.m. U.S. CDT

Every lawyer, no matter your practice area, should know some basics of corporate governance in order to properly service clients. This webinar is intended to provide some essential information about corporate governance in...more

Merging Wisely: Best Practices for Structuring Successful Non-Profit Mergers

A merger in the non-profit world is no less complicated than the merger of a for-profit corporation. But the metrics of success are different. Values-based organizations structured around achieving a mission—as opposed to...more

New guidance for outsourcing to the cloud published

The FCA have now published their guidance on outsourcing to the cloud for financial services organisations in the UK. This guidance, which follows on from a consultation exercise which took place at the start of the year,...more

Nutter Bank Report, July 2016

FinCEN has released guidance in the form of answers to frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) about new customer due diligence (“CDD”) requirements that became effective this month. The CDD FAQs issued on July 19 clarify new...more

The Importance of Risk Ranking to Compliance

We all face a number of risks every day. Yet, we do not respond to each and every risk. We engage in risk-ranking our responses. Some are more risk than others and some are more catastrophic than others. So, we engage in risk...more

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