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The Death of Pennoyer v. Neff and the Requirements for Minimum Contacts under the FCPA

The bane of every first year law student, at least in Civil Procedure, is Pennoyer v. Neff. This is because (1) it is usually studied very early in the semester; (2) is viewed as the first true introduction to how strikingly...more

Courts Diverge on the Reach of Personal Jurisdiction in FCPA Cases Against Foreign Defendants

Last month, two federal judges in the Southern District of New York reached differing conclusions about the minimum contacts required for U.S. courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants in civil...more

Line in the Sand: Siemens Argentina Case Limits Personal Jurisdiction Under the FCPA

A New York federal district court judge has dismissed a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) claim against a former executive of Siemens, S.A. Argentina and Siemens Transportation Systems for lack of personal jurisdiction. ...more

New York Federal Court Holds SEC’s FCPA Enforcement Theory “Far Too Attenuated” For Jurisdiction

On February 19, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the SEC’s allegations of personal jurisdiction over a former CEO of Siemens’ Argentinian subsidiary – a German citizen with no direct...more

Southern District of New York Ruling May Present Challenges for FCPA Defendants

A recent ruling in the Southern District of New York rejected two defenses in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case, resulting in an interpretation of the law that could have damaging consequences for defendants who are...more

Two Recent Decisions Provide Rare Guidance on the FCPA’s Reach Over Foreign Nationals

Two recent district court decisions have shed light on the reach and scope of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) over foreign nationals: SEC v. Straub and SEC v. Sharef. For companies and individuals operating...more

SDNY Finds Lack of Personal Jurisdiction in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Claim

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently addressed whether the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) could reach a foreign executive of a non-US company. In contrast to the Straub case (see “SDNY...more

In What Circumstances Can Foreign Nationals Be Held Liable for Violating The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?

In the last two weeks, in two separate SEC enforcement actions, judges in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued rulings addressing when the United States Securities and Exchange...more

District Court Decision Limits the Extraterritorial Reach of the FCPA

Judge in Siemens case seeks "limiting principle" for the exercise of personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants and concludes that mere support for a bribery scheme by a foreign defendant is insufficient to establish...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - February 22, 2013

In this issue: - International Regulators Publish “Near-Final” Draft of Uncleared Swap Margin Rules - CFTC and IOSCO to Host Roundtable on IOSCO Financial Benchmarks Report - SDNY Favors the SEC in Foreign...more

Increased Risk of FCPA Prosecution of Foreign National Executives of U.S. Issuers: Recent Court Decision Allows Open-Ended Statute...

A recent federal court decision highlights the increasing risk of prosecution for foreign national executives under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA”). The decision from the federal district court in New York denied...more

New FCPA Decision: How Long is the FCPA’s Reach?

A little more than a year after Deustche Telekom (“DT”) and Magyar Telekom entered into multi-million dollar settlements with the SEC and DOJ to resolve claims that the two companies violated the FCPA, three former Magyar...more

District Court Reinforces Broad Territorial Reach of the FCPA

Decision in Magyar Telekom case maintains that engaging in unlawful conduct abroad that is "directed toward the United States, even if not principally directed there," may trigger personal jurisdiction....more

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