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How the Yellow Submarine Informs Due Diligence Lessons From 1MDB

Enrichment is the theme for today’s post as it is personal and illegal enrichment which seems to be the continuing message from the 1MDB scandal involving the disgraced Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. In an article in the...more

FCA sanctions bank and its MLRO for anti-money laundering systems failings

In this decision report we review the FCA’s action against Sonali Bank (UK) Ltd (Sonali Bank) and its money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), Steven Smith, in connection with failings identified in relation to Sonali...more

Regulatory and business challenges to fintech M&A

Fintech's wealth of opportunities is attracting interest—yet the uncertainty of its future direction means the financial services industry needs to tread carefully. As exciting as the growth of fintech has been over...more

Hospitality Industry Law Newsletter

New Labor Code Section Prevents Employers from Using Out-of-State Choice of Laws Provisions in Contracts with California Employees - On September 27, 2016 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law impacting the contract...more

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

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: new reports on the corporate responsibility to respect human...more

FATCA and CRS: 2016 Year End Reminders and a Look Ahead to 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, U.S. FATCA is almost fully phased-in, U.K. FATCA is being phased-out and the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) is nearing the first anniversary of its effective date. What began as a concept in 2010...more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

Establishing the Due Diligence Defence Under CASL

Despite being in force for over two years, many of the key provisions of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL” or the “Act”) remain shrouded in uncertainty. One such provision, for example, is the Act’s due diligence...more

Coordinating Third Party Due Diligence and Procurement

Third party risk management is easily one of the most challenging risks for compliance officers. With all the attention and hype surrounding third party risk, companies have marshaled attention and resources to mitigate the...more

International AML Enforcement in 2017 Expected to Target Consumer-Due-Diligence Programs, Gaming Entities, Prepaid Cards, Digital...

Over the past two years, financial regulatory bodies in the United States and Europe have increasingly emphasized consumer due diligence (“CDD”) by financial institutions as a means to combat money laundering and terrorist...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - November 2016

Aiding and Abetting the Unauthorized Practice of Law — Conducting a Due Diligence Background Check for Incoming Lawyers and Lateral Hires - The Case: Kimberly Kitchen began working at BMZ Law PC part-time in 2005. She...more

Key Points Regarding the New European Union Conflict Minerals Agreement

On November 22, the Presidency of the European Council and the European Parliament announced agreement on the text of a new conflict minerals regulation. The agreement is based on the “political understanding” that was...more

Face facts: Retirement Plan Sponsors Only Seek Help When They Need It

When I was at that semi-prestigious law firm many moons ago, I developed this plan review called the Retirement Plan Tune-Up. I’d look at the plan document, plan design, costs, the Fiduciary process, basically anything that...more

EU Reaches Final Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation – An Overview

On November 22, the EU Council, Commission and Parliament reached an informal final agreement on a conflict minerals regulation. Last week’s agreement builds upon the “political agreement” reached during June....more

Selling Your Business: Top 5 Critical Deal Points

This is the fifth installment of a series discussing potential pitfalls affecting the intended sale by JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty of their business Pawlenty Energy. Recently Tilting the Scales highlighted Successfully Selling...more

Don’t Let Forced Labor and Bribery in Your Supply Chain Spoil the Holidays

The holiday retail season is an ideal time to check that forced labor and bribery—two top and interconnected supply-chain threats—do not undermine the success of your critical sales period. Not long ago, many in the...more

Conflict Minerals Legislation Coming to the EU

According to this Reuters article and a blog by Elm Sustainability Partners LLC, an informal deal for EU conflict minerals legislation has been reached. The final text will be voted on by the member states on December 7,...more

Swearing Behind A Reference With Reasonably Continuous Diligence

In Perfect Surgical Techniques, Inc. v. Olympus America, Inc., the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision in an Inter Partes Review proceeding, finding that the PTAB imposed too...more

Lessons Learned From FCPA Enforcement Against JP Morgan for Sons and Daughters Referral Program

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC finally brought to a close the Sons and Daughters or Princelings investigation. Pending investigations against four other companies still remain to be resolved....more

Blog: Treatment of M&A Non-solicits and Employee Comp Diligence Under New Antitrust Guidelines

Last month, the FTC and DOJ issued a set of antitrust guidelines addressing certain employment and compensation practices that are most likely to occur in the high-tech and healthcare industries where highly-skilled employees...more

Final D.C. Groundwater Well Requirements Will Impact Many Property Owners

The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on Oct. 28, 2016, published final rules governing the construction, maintenance and abandonment of wells. The new regulations became effective immediately...more

Infusing Your Compliance Program with Business Ethics

It is important to remember that companies are required to implement an ethics and compliance program. Ethics should not ever be a segregated issue carved off from a compliance program. They walk hand-in-hand, and reinforce...more

10 Key Intellectual Property Issues for M&A Deals

Intellectual property (IP) issues are increasingly important factors in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. Of the various industry sector transactions included in recent American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law...more

Due diligence checklist for commercial real estate acquisitions

Due diligence is a comprehensive, complex, and critical stage in any commercial real estate acquisition. You don’t want to leave any stone uncovered, and you want the most time available to review all documents and look for...more

Court Orders Parties to Retry Arbitration Seven Years After Award

In 2008, Move, Inc., initiated a FINRA arbitration against Citigroup Global Markets, alleging that Citigroup improperly invested over $131 million of Move's assets in illiquid and unsuitable auction rate securities. The...more

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