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Bridging the Week - January 2018 #2

FINRA Announces 2018 Examination Priorities; Will Review Role of Firms and Salespersons in Facilitating Cryptocurrency Transactions and ICOs: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued its 2018 Regulatory and...more

Day 17 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-Managing Your Third Parties

by Thomas Fox on

The building blocks of any compliance program lay the foundations for a best practices compliance program. For instance, in the lifecycle management of third parties, most compliance practitioners understand the need for a...more

Compliance Man Goes Global - Episode 8: Tough Questions

by Thomas Fox on

Welcome to Episode 8 of Compliance Man Goes Global podcast of FCPA Compliance Report International Edition. In this episode, we will focus on tough questions, which Compliance officers need to address. We will explore this...more

Day 16 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-the Third-Party Risk Management Process

by Thomas Fox on

As every compliance practitioner is well aware, third parties still present the highest risk under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The Department of Justice Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs devotes an...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2018

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How to articulate your technology to investors and customers - Consider these tips when explaining your technology to investors and customers to maximize the...more

Australian Securities Exchange Selects Distributed Ledger Technology to Replace CHESS

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Amidst the frenzy surrounding the rapid appreciation of cryptocurrency values it is easy to forget that the technology underlying crypto—blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) —may ultimately be the real story. The...more

Day 15 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-How Do You Evaluate a Risk Assessment?

by Thomas Fox on

After you complete your risk assessment, you must then translate it into a risk profile, as Rick Messick has noted, to estimate where bribery is likely occur, so prevention efforts will be properly targeted. Ben Locwin...more

Day 14 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program- Risk Assessments

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One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of an anti-corruption program. Since at least 1999, in the Metcalf & Eddy enforcement action, the DOJ has said that a risk assessment, which measures the...more

Day 13 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program

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In the Department of Justice’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System – Consistent Application – Have the disciplinary actions and incentives been...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - January 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Technology-Driven Disruption - Recent news stories and governance publications serve to underscore the challenge to health systems posed by innovation-based business model disruption. Health care boards will be expected to...more

Opportunities for Venture Capital Investments in Singapore in 2018

by Dentons on

Heading into 2018, we look back on several key developments in the legal landscape in the past year that we expect will provide new opportunities for venture capital funds in Singapore. We also share our thoughts on promising...more

Day 12 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-Financial Incentives for Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

One of the areas that many companies have not paid as much attention to in their compliance programs is compensation. However, the DOJ and SEC have long made clear that they view monetary structure for compensation, rewarding...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 84, the Playoffs are Here (for the Patriots) edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Jay Rosen and myself take a look at some of the top compliance stories over the past week. 1. Does Free Speech exist at the office? Can you tell your boss what you think of them? Ben DiPietro looks at a...more

The Life Sciences Report - Winter 2018

Life Beyond FDA Clearance or Approval: The Reimbursement Challenge - To medical device manufacturers, winning premarket approval or 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is only half the battle....more

Tired of Deal Fatigue? (Part 1)

by Morgan Lewis on

Have you ever really thought about deal fatigue? Most people don’t realize that it’s a thing. Yet its real, it’s powerful, and it can drive a deal team to unwittingly act against its own interests at the worst possible...more

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Releases Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission Jay Clayton released a public statement regarding cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs). In the statement, Chairman Clayton notes rapid growth in these areas...more

OIG Scrutiny of Patient Assistance Programs

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last week, one of the largest charity patient assistance programs in the country, Caring Voice Coalition, announced that it would not be offering financial assistance for any of its disease funds in 2018. This announcement...more

2017 Technology and Life Sciences IPO Report

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s 2017 Technology and Life Sciences IPO Report sets forth data related to 61 U.S.-based technology and life sciences initial public offerings that priced between January 1 and December 15,...more

Blockchain, Virtual Currencies and the Regulators

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The public interest in anything relating to virtual currencies, blockchain technology or bitcoin is not just very high bit reaching near hysteria. For example, the Long Island Iced Tea Corporation saw its share price jump as...more

Regulatory Changes Ahead: The 2018 Landscape for Technology Businesses in Europe

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Summary - The European Union has published its 2018 Work Programme which sets out a challenging agenda of legislative and regulatory change for the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sectors, to be delivered in...more

Five Common Myths about Utility Patents for Start-ups

1. As a start-up, utility patents are not worth the investment. While it is true that utility patents are expensive — costing up to $25,000 and about $10,000 on average — not having patent protection can end up costing...more

Across the Board-Episode 12, Prudent Discharge of Board Compliance Obligations

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I consider the obligations of a Board of Directors for a compliance program and how they may prudently discharge that obligation under Delaware case law, SEC regs, US Sentencing Guidelines and the Ten...more

Day 15 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-How Do You Evaluate a Risk Assessment?

by Thomas Fox on

After you complete your risk assessment, you must then translate it into a risk profile, as Rick Messick has noted, to estimate where bribery is likely occur, so prevention efforts will be properly targeted. Ben Locwin...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Technology Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Massachusetts Securities Regulator Announces “Aggressive Policing” of Cryptocurrency Firms

by Goodwin on

On December 15, 2017, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin announced that his office’s Securities Division (“MSD”) would begin “aggressive policing” of cryptocurrency sales in Massachusetts. The MSD regulates the...more

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