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Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more

Charles Duross: FCPA reform, DOJ trials and the revolving door

What matters were you particularly proud to have been involved in during your time at the DoJ? I’m proud of all of it but I think there are probably a couple of specific matters that stand out in my mind. The first...more

SEC Correction: Reinstating an Exception to an Exception to an Exception

No one could be blamed for having difficulty understanding the intricacies of the rules under Section 17(d) of the Investment Company Act, the statute that prohibits “joint transactions” without an SEC order. At the end of...more

Division of Investment Management Lists 2013 Accomplishments; Sets 2014 Agenda

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management summarized its activities in 2013, highlighting its intensified rulemaking program, efforts to identify new and emerging risks and its disclosure initiatives. The Division also took...more

DOJ and SEC Representatives Tackle Pressing Anti-Corruption Issues in 2014

On March 20th and 21st, U.S. regulators, practioners, and other anti-corruption industry professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Second Annual Global Anti-Corruption Congress. The Congress featured speakers,...more

A Compilation of Actions - April 01, 2014

In a recent SEC no-action letter (RS Global Natural Res. Fund, SEC no-action letter, available 3/6/14), the SEC stated that it would take a non-enforcement position if a SEC registered investment adviser to a fund registered...more

Emphasis On Enforcement

In back-to-back keynote addresses Monday to the Securities & Financial Markets Association’s annual Compliance & Legal meeting, SEC-Chair Mary Jo White and Southern District of New York US Attorney Preet Bharara renewed the...more

Alstom: The Next Poster Child For Anti-Corruption Enforcement

You can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes. We all know that. In our FCPA world, we have a new poster child for blundering – Alstom. The handwriting is on the wall – as time goes on, the Justice Department is...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Activity: 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Preview

The 2013 calendar year saw several significant developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) combined...more

OSC Adopts New Initiatives to Strengthen Enforcement

On March 11, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) issued Staff Notice 15-702 – Revised Credit for Cooperation Program (Staff Notice 15-702). Staff Notice 15-702 carries forward various existing codified or informal...more

SEC Renews its Enforcement Focus—With Vigor—on Accounting Issues (Quorum, March 2014)

In the wake of Mary Jo White’s appointment as the new Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement has sought to aggressively investigate alleged accounting violations. ...more

N.Y. Banking and Insurance Superintendent Unveils Aggressive Agenda

Benjamin M. Lawsky, who heads the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), indicated that his agency is seriously considering more aggressive investigation and pursuit of individuals whose malfeasance has led...more

What’s New with the EEOC?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued two new Guidance documents in March. Use of Background Checks - The EEOC and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which enforces the Fair Credit...more

Market Conduct Examinations: Are You Prepared?

Market analysis and market conduct examinations provide insurance regulators with information to assess how the insurance marketplace as a whole, and the individual insurance entities that make up that market, are in...more

Immigration Compliance In An Era Of Worksite Enforcement

In This Presentation: - A Look Back at 2013 - Where Do We Go From Here? - What Is This H-1B Cap Stuff? - Why Immigration Reform Is Not Imminent - What About Form I-9 And E-Verify? - Enforcement On The...more

Ahab Captures The White Whale: ‘In The Public Interest’ Defense To FCPA Enforcement

It is an axiom in the trial lawyer world that bad facts make bad law. The reason is if the facts are particularly egregious, most judges and juries will go out of their way to try and see that justice is served if not done....more

The SEC Speaks About FCPA

On February 21-22, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission held its annual “SEC Speaks” conference in Washington, D.C. On the first day of the conference, Kara Brockmeyer, Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

HIPAA Housekeeping - Don't Forget Your Annual Report of Small Breaches

If you are a "covered entity" under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") and suffer a breach of protected health information, one of your first reactions should be to count the number of affected...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2013 Year in Review - An Overview of the Board’s Significant Actions

Introduction - From the looks of it, 2013 was a very rough year for the National Labor Relations Board (Board)! Last year, we reported that the Board would face some serious legal battles in 2013. Some of those...more

What Is The Role Of An Apology In Anti-Corruption Enforcement?

What is the most famous apology in literature? Plato’s Apology for Socrates certainly is in the conversation. In addition to presenting Plato’s views on his teacher, it is believed to be the most authentic account that has...more

For FCPA Compliance, Tone At The Top Key, Lack of Policies A Difficulty

The number of FCPA enforcement actions brought in recent years has declined. The SEC, for example, reports that in fiscal 2013 it brought 8 cases, compared to 10 in 2012 and 15 in 2011. Nevertheless, those who might be...more

SDNY U.S. Attorney Details BSA/AML Enforcement Plans

On January 27, during a speech to certified AML compliance specialists, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, stressed BSA/AML enforcement as a top priority for his office. Mr. Bharara...more

Crude Allegations: Corruption in the Energy Trading Sector

The world-wide energy trading sector, where traders match physical supply and demand of energy by purchasing, reselling, and moving commodities (crude oil and refined products, natural gas, coal, and even electricity) across...more

The Financial Industry – Life Is Getting Tough

Financial institutions, investment banks, private equity firms and hedge funds are having a rough time. Things are just not going well for them. While the economic outlook is turning positive, the enforcement atmosphere is...more

The CFPB Targets Mortgage Reinsurance Yet Again

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed an administrative enforcement action against PHH Corporation, alleging a nearly 15-year “mortgage insurance kickback scheme” by its mortgage origination and reinsurance...more

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