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Goodyear Settles SEC FCPA Charges

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company settled FCPA books and records and internal control charges with the SEC. The settlement reflects the extensive cooperation and remedial efforts of the company. In the Matter of Goodyear Tire...more

Final Anti-Trafficking Rule to Impose New – and Uncertain – Obligations on Contractors

In late January, the FAR Council issued its long-awaited final rule amending the FAR to strengthen the U.S. Government’s policy against human trafficking. As discussed below, the amendments may have far-reaching compliance...more

Goodyear’s Settlement with the SEC Emphasizes the Importance of FCPA Due Diligence in M&A Transactions and of Having a Robust...

On February 24, 2015, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle charges that two of its subsidiaries allegedly paid $3.2 million in bribes that generated $14,122,535 in illicit profits. The SEC...more

Do We Have the Right to Sell Our Products/Services?!

Intellectual property (IP) due diligence is an assessment of the IP owned or used by a company and third-party IP rights that may impact the company’s business. More often than not, companies do not think about IP due...more

Manufacturing Matters – Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Pre-action costs protection in environmental claims - Shared Parental Rights – what you need to know - Due diligence on your partner in China – are you talking to the right person? - An Interview...more

What Every Prospective Nonprofit Board Member Needs to Know

You have been asked to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization. Should you accept? Prospective board members should carefully consider an invitation to join a board. Before accepting, a potential board member should...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Intersection of Party Diligence and Motions to Vacate

Section 2-1401 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/2-1401) provides that a judgment may be set aside more than thirty days after its entry on petition for various reasons. So when is the apparent lack of...more

FCPA Opinion Emphasizes Need for Comprehensive Due Diligence Ahead of Foreign Acquisitions

Action Item: In November 2014, the United States Department of Justice issued an Attorney General Opinion with respect to the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. ...more

“And they’re closing all the factories down”* — Going Dark During a Merger Review

Demand in your industry has been declining for years, the decline is projected to continue for the foreseeable future, and you are one of the few cost-effective manufacturers around. You just inked a deal to buy a competing...more

"Managing Regulatory Risk in Bank M&A"

We expect the slowly developing but increasingly perceptible trend toward community and regional bank consolidation in the United States to continue in 2015. In connection with growing bank M&A activity, closing risk in the...more

New Year, New Focus on Enforcement: The U.K. Strengthens Anti-Bribery and Corruption Enforcement

U.K. regulators have started 2015 with a bang, promising increased cooperation among regulatory agencies, and tougher enforcement of financial crimes, with an emphasis on anti-bribery and corruption efforts....more

Human Trafficking and Government Procurement: New Requirements for U.S. Federal Contractors

On January 29, the U.S. Government released a final rule establishing new anti-human trafficking requirements for U.S. government contractors. The rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) and seeks to strengthen...more

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Amendments to Strengthen Prohibitions Against Trafficking

On January 29, 2015, the U.S. Government released a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”). The final rule reflects changes to proposed amendments originally released in September 2013. The...more

"FinCEN Proposes Tighter Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions"

For financial institutions, customer due diligence may become tougher and costlier in 2015 if the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCEN) latest proposed rule is finalized in its current form. On July 30, 2014, FinCEN...more

Successful Appeal Against Dismissal Automatically Revives Employment Contract

In Salmon v Castlebeck Care (Teeside) Ltd & Anor UKEAT/0304/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a successful appeal against a decision to dismiss needed to be communicated to the employee in order to...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Illinois Appellate Court Clarifies Dina, Holds Void Mortgages Do Not Equal Void Judgments

In JPMorgan Chase, N.A. v. Ontiveros, 2015 IL App (2d) 140145-U, the Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District recently clarified the difference between a void contract and a void judgment, thereby limiting the...more

Inside M&A - Winter 2015

Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions - Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 122-with Matt Kelly on Alstom, Avon and Petrobras [Video]

In this episode, Compliance Week Editor-in-Chief Matt Kelly and I discuss the Avon and Alstom FCPA enforcement actions and then take a look at the ongoing Petrobras corruption scandal and what it means for Brazil. ...more

Language Solutions as Preventative Tool in Anti-Corruption Compliance

Ed. Note-I partnered with Merrill-Brink to write a White Paper on the use of local languages as a preventative tool in FCPA, UK Bribery Act and anti-corruption compliance. Today’s blog post is an excerpt from the full article...more

MacEwen: Law Firm M&A Demands 'Cultural Due Diligence'  [Video]

Jan. 14, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Bruce MacEwen, president at Adam Smith, Esq., talks with Lee Pacchia about the concept of 'cultural due diligence' in law firm mergers and acquisitions. According to Bruce, clients don't care...more

DOJ Guidance Underscores Importance of Anti-corruption Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions

FCPA Opinion Release provides insight into the jurisdictional reach of the FCPA and the level of due diligence the DOJ expects. On November 7, 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its second and final...more

Private Placement Due Diligence and Contingency Offerings Among FINRA’s 2015 Priorities

On January 6, 2015, FINRA released its 10th annual Regulatory and Examinations Priorities Letter in which it identified key areas of focus for FINRA investigations for 2015. Since the approval of FINRA Rule 5123 on June 7,...more

Choosing the Right Vendor Risk Management Software Solution

Traditionally, performing third party due diligence has been primarily a data gathering activity. Now, with access to abundant information sources, the activity—and the challenges—have evolved. How do you manage and...more

FINRA Regulatory and Examinations Priorities Letter

Earlier this week, FINRA published its annual priorities letter. Again, FINRA includes among the areas of concern private placements. FINRA cites particular issues relating to inadequate due diligence by broker-dealers in...more

Illegal Premerger Coordination Leads to DOJ “Gun Jumping” Enforcement Action and $5 Million Settlement—Key Lessons Affecting...

On November 7, 2014, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reached a $5 million settlement with Flakeboard America Limited (“Flakeboard”), its foreign parents, and SierraPine to settle allegations...more

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