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CFIUS Continues Aggressive Intervention, Qualcomm Deal Blocked

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On March 12, 2018, President Trump blocked Broadcom, a Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer, from pursuing the purchase of U.S.-based Qualcomm, a rival chip maker. Broadcom’s offer, reportedly for $117 billion or...more

Procurement Pulse - March 2018

by DLA Piper on

This month we look at the Lancashire case, where Mr Justice Fraser dispels a myth about procurement law, and raises new issues which might be thrown into the balance whilst deciding whether or not to lift the automatic stay....more

Russian Legislation Update: January – February 2018

by White & Case LLP on

Welcome to the most recent issue of our Russian Legislation Update, covering the period of January – February 2018. In this issue: - Banking - Currency Control - Anti-Money Laundering - Disclosure of Information -...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – U.S. Agencies Decline to Prosecute Teradata for Alleged FCPA Violations – On February 26, 2018, Teradata Corporation, an Ohio-based enterprise software database management company,...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – U.S. Agencies Decline to Prosecute Teradata for Alleged FCPA Violations – On February 26, 2018, Teradata Corporation, an Ohio-based enterprise software database management company,...more

Building Blocks for an Effective Due Diligence System (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

Companies continue to face significant risks from their third parties. In response, companies are implementing sophisticated due diligence and third party risk management systems. FCPA enforcement risks are only one of...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2018

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – U.S. Agencies Decline to Prosecute Teradata for Alleged FCPA Violations – On February 26, 2018, Teradata Corporation, an Ohio-based enterprise software database management company,...more

Investor Incentives in Focus as Cameroon Launches Oil and Gas Bidding

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Cameroon has announced a bidding process pertaining to licensing rights for oil and gas blocks located in the Rio del Rey and Douala/Kribi-Campo Basins. The Development: The oil and gas rights include a...more

Tennessee Company Skirts Customs Obligations, Pays $500,000 FCA Penalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

This Post at a Glance - - Company made false statements related to import duty charges - Investigation initiated by whistleblower complaint from company’s competitor - Trump Administration likely to impose...more

DoD Continues to Interpret "Commercial Item" Broadly, Despite Recent Attempts to Narrow

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The U.S. Department of Defense has faced criticism from the Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office concerning its handling of commercial item procurements. The Response: As a...more

ITAR for Government Contractors - New Developments for 2018

by Williams Mullen on

ITAR is an important area of regulation for government contractors. This includes firms in the defense, technical services, information technology, cyber-security, military training and DOD-funded R&D fields. These...more

Mexico's Energy Industry Round 2.4: Mexico's Deep Water Success

On January 31, 2018, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (“CNH”) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the Fourth Tender of Round Two (“Round 2.4”), which was first announced on July 20, 2017. Round...more

India Launches Bid Process for Largest Auction of Oil and Gas Blocks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Under a new licensing policy, India is set to begin an auction for exploration and development of 55 oil and gas blocks. The Action: Bidders are invited to bid for the identified blocks spread over a 59,282...more

CFIUS Continues Focus on Information Security, Blocks Chinese Acquisition of MoneyGram

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- MoneyGram and Ant Financial mutually terminate $1.2 billion proposed merger - CFIUS’s concerns focused on cyber and information security - Scrutiny of buyers’ information security processes is likely to increase On...more

New Procurement Threshold Values Apply Across Europe from January 1, 2018

Every two years, the European Union updates the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement exercise across Europe. The financial thresholds effective from January 1, 2018 have now been...more

Mandatory Changes Proposed to UK Government Contracts’ Data Privacy Terms

The UK government has announced that it intends to write to all government contractors in order to make unilateral changes to all UK government contracts to comply with impending changes in EU data privacy law....more

Why Brexit Could Limit Damages in Procurement Challenges

by Bryan Cave on

A recent public procurement decision of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court highlights the possibility that aggrieved suppliers in public procurement cases in the UK run the risk of losing their future rights to...more

2017 FCPA Year in Review

by Michael Volkov on

FCPA enforcement continued in 2017 with an increased emphasis on individual enforcement. Despite early questions as to the new administration's commitment to FCPA enforcement, the Justice Department and the SEC continued to...more

We Trust Santa’s Factory Is Free of Forced Labor and Corruption—Your Supply Chains Should Be Too.

by Perkins Coie on

[Warning: The juxtaposition of the jolly old man and forced labor is not to make light of human rights violations but to highlight the hidden evils in supply chains and the potential reputational damage to wholesome...more

12 O'Clock High-Episode 70-GE and Corporate Jets

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Richard Lummis and I consider the recent revelations which came to light that during the tenure of the former Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Immelt, he had an empty plane fly behind his jet on corporate trips....more

Mexico to Bid P3 Contract for Private HVDC Line in Baja California

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the power industry opened investment and contracting opportunities that were once reserved to the State. In case of transmission and distribution activities, the Mexican State still keeps...more

The Trade Bill - UK trade policy following Brexit

by DLA Piper on

The Trade Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday 7 November 2017. It will have to be passed by both Houses before it becomes law, and it has to become law before Brexit takes effect, currently set for 29 March...more

Argentina Announces Preliminary Highway P3 Bidding Guidelines

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 7, 2017, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Argentina published the preliminary terms and conditions and technical specifications for Stage 1 of its first public-private partnership (P3) initiative in the...more

Local Government Contracts and Buying American

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In April 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order calling for stricter enforcement of the federal government’s “Buy American” laws. These laws have been on the books for several decades and generally require that the...more

A Dialogue With Corporate Counsel: Skadden’s Seventh Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Seminar

Panelists examined major enforcement actions from 2017 and identified key trends. Aggressive Enforcement With a Decrease in High-Dollar Settlements. Panelists noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues its...more

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