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Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

Junior Associates Rejoice: SEC Adopts Rule and Form Amendments to Require Registrants to Hyperlink Exhibits Listed in Filings and...

One of the typical activities for junior associates in performing due diligence for M&A and securities transactions involving public companies is going through the “exhibit list” filed by the public company on its recent...more

Bass, Berry & Sims Releases Securities & Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC announces the release of its annual "Securities & Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead," a high-level report that covers recent developments and offers best practices for the year ahead. The newly...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - February 2017

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: a federal court decision holding that U.S.-based companies may be...more

"SEC Acting Chairman Directs Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule"

The acting chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, recently released two public statements concerning the conflict minerals rule applicable to companies that file Exchange Act...more

C-Suite Misconduct Results in Sociedad Quimica Y Minera FCPA Resolution with DOJ and SEC

In an unusual FCPA enforcement action, the Justice Department and the SEC resolved FCPA violations against Sociedad Quimica y Minera, a Chilean chemical and mining company, for a total of $30.5 million, for paying...more

What is the Price for Failing to Voluntarily Disclose an FCPA Violation? – A Curious Case Of Successor Liability

On January 6, 2017, the Securities and Enforcement Commission filed an Administrative Action announcing a settlement with two global agribusiness companies. The Order is brief and short on facts. ...more

Mondelez FCPA Enforcement Action — An Abuse of Prosecutorial Discretion?

The first FCPA enforcement action for 2017 landed with very little fanfare. The SEC reached a settlement with Mondelez International for $13 million. The facts surround the hiring of an agent in India and the failure of...more

FINRA’s Most Significant 2016 Enforcement Actions

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the self-regulatory organization for broker-dealers, brings about 1,500 enforcement actions a year. Often lost in the volume of actions, however, are the ones that merit...more

Mondelez Agrees to Pay $13 Million to Settle FCPA Charges Related to Alleged Bribery in India

On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Illinois-based multinational confectionery company Mondelez International Inc. and its subsidiary Cadbury agreed to settle Foreign Corrupt...more

A Company Must Do Compliance – The Mondelez FCPA Enforcement Action

In almost every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action, there are nuggets to be gleaned for any Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner. All one has to do is look for them. Back in 2012,...more

Trends from 2016 Record FCPA Enforcement Year (Part II of III)

No matter how you cut it – this was a big year in FCPA enforcement. Not just because of the large enforcement actions but the scope and depth of enforcement, remediation and compliance program demands....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

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

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: Corp Fin Deputy Director Comments On Conflict Minerals Compliance

In remarks at the PLI Securities Regulation Institute yesterday, Corp Fin Deputy Director (Disclosure Operations) Shelley Parratt confirmed, as we all suspected, that it’s status quo on conflict minerals reporting again this...more

FCPA Enforcement Action Highlights Risks for the Financial Services Industry and Individual Executives

New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (the “Hedge Fund”) agreed to pay approximately $412 million to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part IV

I conclude my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the resolution of...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

Today I continue my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the...more

DOJ and SEC Raising the Stakes on Third Party Risk Management

If you review the last ten years of FCPA enforcement, the unmistakable pattern is rising expectations with regard to corporate compliance programs, particularly with regard to third party due diligence and risk management....more

Landmark SEC Decision Cites Compliance, Diligence in Decision Not to Prosecute FCPA Violations

In a remarkable affirmation of the value of robust compliance and due-diligence programs, the Securities and Exchange Commission last month announced that it would not prosecute a U.S. company for potential violations of the...more

The Dawn of CMBS 4.0: Changes and Challenges in a New Regulatory Regime

Commercial real estate has been financed in the U.S. capital markets through creation of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) since the early 1990s, peaking at $240 billion in 2007 and representing about 25% of all...more

SEC Cracks Down on Charitable Contributions under the FCPA - Best Practices In Light of Recent SEC Enforcement

For the first time, the Securities and Exchange Commission has brought an FCPA enforcement action premised entirely on a one-time charitable contribution. On September 20, 2016, the SEC announced a settled FCPA...more

Lessons Learned from Nu Skin

The enforcement action against manufacturer Nu Skin Enterprises highlights the risks of making charitable donations in high-risk countries without conducting meaningful anticorruption due diligence....more

5 Key Takeaways from AB InBev SEC FCPA Settlement

The Justice Department and the SEC have been busy over the last 2 weeks in the FCPA arena. For those who have raised doubts about DOJ and the SEC’s continuing commitment to FCPA enforcement, you should forever hold your...more

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