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Rabobank Coughs Up $368 Million and Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Money Launder and Obstruct Investigation

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department announced a guilty plea by a subsidiary of Rabobank, a Dutch global bank, to a conspiracy to violate money laundering laws and obstruct a regulatory investigation of Rabobank’s activities in California....more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Exiting African PE investments - While IPOs remain scarce, other promising exit strategies are gaining...

by White & Case LLP on

Historically, one of the key concerns of LPs regarding African private equity has been the number and quality of available exit routes. Illiquid domestic exchanges as well as political and foreign exchange risk have all...more

Has Australia's Takeovers Panel Turned the "Tap" on to More "Association" Proceedings?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A major shareholder of Tap Oil Limited, a company listed on ASX, gave notice of an intention to spill the board, to remove all but one of the current directors, through a general meeting of shareholders. The...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

CFIUS: Evolution Yields to Revolution

by Jones Day on

While 2017 was an evolutionary year for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS"), 2018 portends to be a revolutionary year. A number of factors, including a new President, growing concerns over...more

Update on the responsibility to respect human rights and parent company liability: what the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Okpabi...

by Hogan Lovells on

In the last four months, the Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in two important cases relating to parent company liability and jurisdiction over extra-territorial human rights impacts. ...more

Holmes, Innovation & Compliance: Part I – Digital Strategies

by Thomas Fox on

Today begins a week of double themed blog-posts. First, I am back with an homage to Sherlock Holmes. The second theme will be innovation in the compliance department. ...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Scope of On-Sale Bar

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - In Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc., 2014-1469; 2014-1504 (Dyk, Wallach, Hughes), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding of non-infringement but reversed the district court’s...more

Are You KID-ing New EU Rules Require Information Documents to Be Supplied to Retail Investors

by Morgan Lewis on

The EU regulation on key information documents (KIDs) for packaged retail and insurance-based products (PRIIPs) took direct effect in the European Union on 1 January 2018. This LawFlash outlines at a high level the...more

UK Court Takes a “Realistic” and “Commercial” Approach to Litigation Privilege in the Context of Internal Investigations

by King & Spalding on

In a judgment handed down at the end of 2017, but only recently released, the High Court in London has determined - in Bilta (UK) Ltd v RBS - that interviews held with employees in preparation of a report intended to deter a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC OCIE Examinations Announces 2018 Examination Priorities - On February 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC") Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") announced its 2018 examination...more

Kerr to Warriors – Stand in My Shoes

by Thomas Fox on

Interactivity should make a conversation open and more fluid. You can obtain this by talking with and not just talking to an employee. The purpose of interactivity builds upon the first prong of intimacy. ...more

European Retail Trade Is on the Verge of Change

by Jones Day on

On January 30, 2018, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") rendered a judgment with far-reaching consequences for the European retail trade (ECLI:NL:C:2018:44). The judgment (in two joined cases) centered on the question...more

Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Projects: Guiding Investors through the Legal and Regulatory Framework

by Jones Day on

The Taiwanese Government has set aggressive renewable energy targets, with a particular focus on the development of its offshore wind power capabilities. This exciting new market presents great opportunities for foreign...more

Australian Government Further Tightens FIRB Controls, Now Over Critical Electricity Assets

by Jones Day on

In early 2016, the Australian Government announced the introduction of new standard tax conditions and appeared to indicate that the conditions would be applied universally to all foreign investment approvals. Later that...more

Separate Requests essential in multi-contract LCIA arbitrations

by White & Case LLP on

A recent English High Court decision is a cautionary tale for claimants under the 2014 LCIA Rules. The Court held that a Request for Arbitration is invalid if it relates to more than one arbitration agreement. Claimants must...more

Origin Verifications for U.S. Exports a Key Aspect of NAFTA Negotiations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0 commenced in August 2017, a lot of attention has been placed on specific disciplines (e.g., rules of origin, investment disputes, antidumping, etc.)...more

Don’t let your brand go to pot (Part I): 4 things that cannabis brand owners need to know

by Smart & Biggar on

The Canadian federal government is moving quickly towards legalizing the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. However, Canada’s cannabis industry is already “overgrown” with many licensed (and...more

Australian Government Tries to "Level the Playing Field" for Purchases of Agricultural Land

by Jones Day on

On 1 February 2018, the Treasurer of Australia announced that going forward, foreign persons seeking approval for the acquisition of Australian agricultural land will, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, need to...more

Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration Rebrands as Asian International Arbitration Centre

by Jones Day on

The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration ("KLRCA") has officially changed its name to the Asian International Arbitration Centre ("AIAC"). The name change was formally announced on February 7, 2018, during a signing...more

Global Innovation Centers in the Data-Driven Digital Economy

GICs offer advantages for exploiting big data and staying competitive. Data is the fuel of the 21st-century economy. Companies must manage and exploit data and digital technologies in an innovative, agile and cost...more

Landmark UK Case Takes A Stand: Parent Companies May Be Liable For Their Subsidiaries’ Alleged Human Rights Abuses

by King & Spalding on

A landmark United Kingdom case recently has made it clear that UK-based parent companies may be found liable for human rights violations committed by their foreign subsidiaries. Plaintiffs all over the world are filing...more

Updated: Latham’s GDPR National Implementation Tracker

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

With the assistance of colleagues across the European Union (EU), Latham & Watkins has updated its GDPR National Implementation Tracker. With just over three months to go until the GDPR go-live date on May 25, 2018,...more

SEC v. PlexCorps — Cyber Unit Enforcement Action Underscores Potential Challenges to Cross-Border Cryptocurrency Enforcement

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Following the hype of Bitcoin, regulatory and other concerns surrounding various forms of cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) have taken center stage. As of late last year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Leadership Lessons from The King’s Speech

by Thomas Fox on

I want to consider the leadership lesson for a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) through an exploration of its two protagonists, King George VI and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue....more

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