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21st Century Cures: A Closer Look

On December 7, 2016, the US Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act, substantial legislation intended to accelerate “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging biomedical research investment,...more

Changes to the Shareholder Rights Directive

The representatives of the EU Council and EU Parliament have agreed the text of a new EU Directive to strengthen shareholder engagement and increase transparency in listed companies in the EU/EEA....more

501(c)(3) Public Charities Subject to New Donor Disclosure Requirements in New York

Since 1958, when the Supreme Court held that the State of Alabama’s attempt to compel the NAACP to disclose its membership lists infringed on the members’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly, charities and...more

New French Anticorruption Legislation Affecting Large French and Foreign Groups of Companies and Their Top Management

On December 9th, 2016, France officially enacted the Law on transparency, anti-corruption and economic modernization (so-called "Sapin II bill") which introduces the following key changes...more

Proposed Amendments to SCA Reduce Regulatory Burden, Improve Transparency

Singapore’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) have invited public feedback on amendments to the Singapore Companies Act aimed at reducing regulatory burden and improving...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AIFMD – ESMA Updates Q&As and Re-Visits View of Application of Delegation Rules - ESMA issued updated Q&As on 16 November on AIFMD including two new questions and answers on the cross-border marketing of AIFs, clarifying...more

Hiding Behind the Privilege – A Cloak or a Dagger?

CCOs face many challenges in their jobs. One area that is difficult but usually can be solved with common sense is where to draw the line on attorney-client privilege issues. As a practicing attorney, I can attest to the...more

Alert: Republican FCC Commissioners Fire First Shot in Next Network Neutrality Battle

In a statement released on Friday, December 16, and a letter to leaders of industry trade groups released on Monday, December 19, Michael O'Rielly and Ajit Pai, the two current Republican FCC commissioners, began the next...more

"New French Anti-Corruption Legal Framework"

A new French law titled “Transparency, the Fight Against Corruption and Modernization of the Economy,” which was published in the French Official Journal on December 10, 2016 (known as Sapin II, as it was named after the...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

BaFin Publishes Circular on Solvency II - Bafin published a revised draft circular on 7 December 2016 addressing Solvency II entities regulated by the BaFin which will enter into force on 1 January 2018. The draft...more

21st Century Cures: Examining Medical Device Provisions

The 21st Century Cures Act, substantial legislation intended to accelerate “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging biomedical research investment and facilitating innovation review and...more

Update on the Anti-Corruption Landscape in Mexico

After an aggressive grassroots campaign, in mid-2016, the Mexican government signaled substantial progress in its fight against corruption when it adopted a new anti-corruption program. The new legislation promised increased...more

What Foreign Investors Need to Know About the New National Security Guidelines under the Investment Canada Act

On December 19, 2016, the Canadian Government released new Guidelines on the National Security Review of Investments under the Investment Canada Act (the “Act”) increasing review transparency in an effort to bolster foreign...more

FCC Announces Enhanced Broadband Transparency Disclosures Will Become Effective on January 17, 2017 – Small Provider Exemptions in...

On Thursday, December 16, the FCC announced that the Office of Management and Budget had approved the long-delayed “enhanced” Open Internet transparency requirements, which were originally approved in March 2015. As a result,...more

The Board of Directors’ Compliance Committee

Yesterday, together with Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) Jay Martin, I wrote about a new and innovative compliance committee BHI has initiated, the GeoMarket Compliance and Ethics Committee. In...more

FCC’s Enhanced Transparency Rule Effective January 17, 2017; Small Provider Exemption Expires

According to a Public Notice the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released today, on December 15, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has completed its review of the enhanced transparency rule from the...more

Police Arrest Videos Not Considered Confidential

The California Supreme Court recently denied considering an appellate court ruling from a case in Eureka that police arrest videos cannot be considered confidential officer personnel records and therefore kept from public...more

OMB Approves Enhanced Transparency Requirements for Open Internet Rules as the Small Provider Exemption Expires; Rules Will Go...

According to a Public Notice the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released today, on December 15, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has completed its review of the enhanced transparency rule from the...more

FDA Increases Transparency of Adverse Event Data for Cosmetics and Foods

On December 6th, FDA announced that it is publicly releasing data received by the Agency’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) about adverse events related to cosmetics and foods, including both conventional...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - December 2016

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: IHRB’s annual list of the Top 10 business and human rights issues...more

U.S. Government to Release Its National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On Friday, December 16, the Government of the United States will release its long-awaited National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. ...more

Consultation Begins Over Possible UK Corporate Governance Reform

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published a Green Paper on options for future corporate governance reform. The Government’s stated objective is to put in place “the right checks...more

Whistleblowing Procedure under French Law

France’s new Law on Transparency and Anti-Corruption aims to bring cohesion to the fractured system for whistleblowing rules and procedures in the country. Until the 8 November vote on the Law on Transparency and...more

New Compliance Regulations for France and Italy Demonstrate the Growing Convergence of Anti-Corruption and Whistleblowing...

A piece of major compliance legislation has just been passed in Europe: the long-awaited French anti-corruption and whistleblower protection law, Sapin II, which brings French anti-corruption standards in line with those of...more

Run for Cover: Here Comes the Blockchain!

Blockchain, most notably linked to Bitcoin, is very much a technology on the rise. Blockchain has recently made its way to Wall Street, with the largest financial institutions clamoring to partner with buzzing fintech...more

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