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National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Japan

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Past deals have almost all been approved, but 2017 amendments to FEFTA widened the scope of review and strengthened enforcement mechanisms - Under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA), the Ministry of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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DealBook’s Common Sense column takes a look at the AT&T/Time Warner deal and the “battle lines” forming for an “epic” antitrust battle, in spite of the vertical nature of the merger (the companies don’t compete in any...more

FTC Obtains TRO Temporarily Freezing Assets of Georgia-Based Debt Collection Business

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?On November 8, a federal court in Georgia issued a temporary restraining order against a Georgia-based debt collector, freezing its assets and granting the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) immediate access to its business...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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AG Elections- Democrat Justin Nelson Launches Campaign for Texas Attorney General- Democrat Justin Nelson declared his candidacy for Texas AG seeking to unseat incumbent Republican AG Ken Paxton, who is running for...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Australia (Updated)

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Australia requires a wide variety of investments by foreign businesses to be reviewed and approved before completion - The decision to approve or deny a foreign investment application is ultimately made by the Treasurer...more

Anti-Money Laundering Update: FinCEN Makes Small Texas Bank Pay Big Fine

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This Post at a Glance: - FinCEN imposes $2 million penalty against community bank - Bank failed to conduct appropriate due diligence related to Mexican customer - Small banks, other financial institutions...more

Federal Reserve Enters Consent Order to Sanction Deceptive Practice Involving Credit Card Product

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The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) recently exercised its authority to enforce laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices committed by a financial institution under the Federal...more

FTC Launches ‘Game of Loans’ Initiative

Deceptive student loan debt relief scams are the target of a new coordinated federal-state law enforcement initiative led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)....more

Episode 10 -- How to Conduct a Risk and Compliance Program Assessment

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An effective ethics and compliance program requires a careful assessment of risks and existing controls. In order to design and implement an effective program, a chief compliance officer has to identify and prioritize...more

The Foreign Investment Regulation Review Edition 5 – EU Overview

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THE EU PLANS TO START REVIEWING FOREIGN INVESTMENTS: A MODEST AMBITION? The past months have witnessed intense discussions at European and national level on the need to review foreign investment flows in sensitive sectors....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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AT&T’s chief is weighing in the DOJ’s call to sell CNN in order to make its deal with Time Warner go through, and, as Randall sees it, “selling CNN makes no sense”....more

11th Circuit Affirms FTC's $13.5 Million Judgment Against Mortgage Relief Fraudster

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On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a $13.5 million judgment that the FTC obtained against a group of individuals, law firms, and related entities that engaged in a massive nationwide...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — China (Updated)

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China is attempting to implement a more structured and comprehensive system to keep a closer eye on economic deals that might have security implications - A ministerial review panel established by China's Ministry of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017 #2

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Editor's Note - Change at the Fed. As expected, on November 2, President Trump nominated Jerome H. Powell to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) for a term of four years beginning...more

What blockchain can learn from the net neutrality debate: antitrust and regulatory aspects of “paid prioritization” for a nascent...

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First come, first served. That’s not the principle behind the clearance of Bitcoin transactions. Equally for other blockchain technology networks, the relevant factor to get a transaction on the next available block is not...more

The FTC’s Challenge of Red Ventures–Bankrate: Antitrust Risks in Deals Backed by Private Equity Minority Shareholders

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On November 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint challenging Red Ventures’ proposed acquisition of Bankrate. The FTC alleged that the deal likely would have lessened competition in the market for...more

Fed issues consent order for bank’s alleged deceptive practices involving balance transfer credit cards

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The Federal Reserve Board announced that it had issued a Consent Order against Mid America Bank and Trust Company (Bank) for alleged deceptive marketing practices in violation of section 5 of the FTC Act related to balance...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 27th, 2017

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This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending October 27, 2017 is below. This week's Update includes a number of substantive stories on OTAs, particularly, European authorities’ renewed interest in OTAs’...more

FTC and Illinois AG Settle With “Phantom” Debt Collectors For $47 Million

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?On November 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Illinois Attorney General’s Office (Illinois AG) announced that they had reached a settlement to resolve a joint action brought against affiliated Chicago-based debt...more

Industry utilities in the financial industry: antitrust risks

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The regulatory response to the global financial crisis has impacted nearly all major functions of the investment banking industry, including trading, capital and liquidity requirements, risk management, compliance and...more

State AGs and FTC Combine Forces for Consumer Protection

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A dozen bipartisan State Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently instigated a medieval siege dubbed “Operation Game of Loans” against alleged student loan relief scams. This coordinated nationwide...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Global Compliance Overhaul for SAP as DOJ and SEC Investigate Payments Allegedly Related to South African Government Contracts – On October 26, 2017, German software company SAP SE...more

European Commission Opens State Aid Investigation Into Finance Company Exemption From UK CFC Rules

On 26 October 2017, the European Commission (the Commission) opened an in-depth investigation into UK statutory rules that exempt certain financing income earned by foreign subsidiaries of UK corporate taxpayers from UK tax....more

Episode 8 -- The Critical Importance of Beneficial Ownership to Compliance

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In the aftermath of the Panama Papers scandal and increased focus on shell companies and hidden ownership interests, US enforcement and regulatory agencies are increasing focus on beneficial ownership of related entities. In...more

FTC settles Section 5 claims against company promoting schools to military servicemembers

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The FTC has entered a proposed consent order with Victory Media, Inc. (VMI) to settle the FTC’s charges that VMI violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in deceptive acts or practices in connection with its promotion of...more

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