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Spain Sets a New Milestone with its Corporate Compliance Statute

As of July 1 of this year, Spain becomes the latest in a string of nations with a corporate compliance defense. Article 33 of Spain’s criminal code will provide an exemption from corporate criminal liability where the company...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Israel Beware – Trends in Enforcement

Intuitively, Israeli companies and their directors would likely assume that their businesses are immune to investigation and the assessment of penalties by US regulators that are separated by a vast ocean and located more...more

M&A: How to Maximize Your Return When Selling Your Business

As a family or private business owner, you know how to sell your product or service. But do you know how to sell the company itself? Selling a business that has been built over the years is emotional and stressful, and for...more

The Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive and Its Effects on Financial Institutions Operating in the EU

The Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Fourth AML Directive), approved by the European Parliament on May 20, 2015, went into effect on June 25, 2015, repealing the 2005 Third AML Directive. Given the...more

Best Practice Internal Controls For Reducing Fraud And Corruption Risk

Fraud and corruption risk are inevitable, yet every company should strive to reduce these risks. For Compliance Week, Jeffrey Harfenist (BDO Consulting, Global Forensics), Stephanie Giammarco (BDO Consulting, Forensic...more

SEC Settles With Olympic Sponsor Over Potentially Corrupt Hospitality Program

A global resources company was fined $25 million for practises related to its sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The fine was part of a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

TSX Provides Guidance to Emerging Market Issuers

In recent years, emerging market issuers have faced greater scrutiny by Canadian regulators as a result of questions and concerns about issuers with significant business operations in emerging markets (emerging market...more

Orthofix Deferred Prosecution Agreement Extended for Two Months

In a recently-filed status report, the DOJ and medical device manufacturer Orthofix revealed that the company’s Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) will be extended by two months. The DPA was due to expire on July 17, 2015,...more

New Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force Promises Tough Enforcement

On August 5th, the Manhattan District Attorney (the "DA’s Office") announced the formation of a multi-agency Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force that will be spearheaded by prosecutors from the office. Its mission is...more

The BHP Case and Enforcement of The FCPA’s Internal Controls Provision

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from Jean-Michel Ferat ,CPA, CFF is a Managing Director in the Washington D.C office of the Claro Group around his views on the BHP Billiton enforcement action. Much has been made in...more

The Perils of Income Smoothing

Perhaps you’ve been following the criminal trial of former leaders of disbanded law firm Dewey LeBoeuf LLP. The prosecution contends that these leaders purposely misled other stakeholders, including equity partners,...more

OFAC Provides Guidance to Financial Institutions to Help Comply with Crimea Sanctions Regulations

On July 30, OFAC issued a “Crimea Sanctions Advisory,” highlighting certain actions that have been used to circumvent or evade U.S. sanctions involving the Crimea region as described in Executive Order 13685. The Advisory...more

The CSA’s Latest Continuous Disclosure Review: Two Key Takeaways for Material Contract and Mining Disclosure

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published their annual review of Canadian public companies’ continuous disclosure filings in CSA Staff Notice 51-344 - Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for...more

DOJ Quietly Revises FCPA Resource Guide

Revisions bring DOJ and SEC guidance in line with FCPA statutory language. In June, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) quietly revised its manual, A Resource Guide to the U.S....more

Mead Johnson Nutrition Settles SEC FCPA Charges for $12 Million

On July 28, Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. (“Mead”), an infant formula maker, agreed to pay $12.03 million to settle civil FCPA charges with the SEC. The SEC alleged that a majority-owned subsidiary in China used discounts given...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015

ESMA Says “No for Now” to Granting Passport Rights to US Fund Managers Under AIFMD: The European Securities and Markets Authority told the European Commission last week that it was premature to grant passport rights to...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges Tied to Payments to Health Care Professionals

The SEC filed another settled action in which payments to health care professionals at state owned entities in China were alleged to be violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Although the company furnished extensive...more

What Would Dr. Seuss Say about an Allowance?

Earlier this month we had the release of a second book by Harper Lee, “Go Set a Watchman”, which was miraculously discovered having been written some 50+ years ago. This week, there was another release from a (now deceased)...more

Private Equity’s Corruption Risk Underbelly — Portfolio Companies

FCPA enforcement will likely take a turn into the private equity industry. I know this is a regular claim by FCPA practitioners but we already can see the beginning of the trend. The “princeling” investigations are...more

Canada’s New Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act and its Implications for Companies Subject to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt...

On June 1, 2015, Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (“ESTMA” or “the Act”) came into force. Approved in December 2014, but not in force until this month, the Act requires companies in the extractive sector...more

Your Questions: Let’s Talk Risk - A Q&A Session about How to Achieve a Risk-based Approach to Compliance Management

Risk is at the heart of every compliance program. But that’s sometimes easier said than done. In January 2015, Kwamina Williford, Partner at Holland & Knight; Chris Caron, Compliance Director at Kiewit; and Joe LeBas of...more

Louis Berger International Pays $17 Million Penalty for FCPA Violation

On July 17, 2015, Louis Berger International, Inc., a New Jersey-based construction management company, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice under which it agreed to pay a $17.1...more

Great Structures Week I: Vitruvius, the Brooklyn Bridge and Compliance

I recently completed a course from The Teaching Company, entitled “Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity”, taught by Professor Stephen Ressler. It was a wonderful...more

Chamber of Commerce Airs Grievances Related To Internal Controls Inspections

In recent months, issues related to internal control systems and reporting have taken on an increased profile and significance. For example, as previously noted by the authors here and here, the SEC has sought to prioritize...more

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