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The Perils of Compliance with the Russia Sanctions Program

by Michael Volkov on

The Ukraine-Russia Sanctions program is a complex set of executives orders, statutes and regulations defining prohibited business transactions with Russian entities and individuals. The sanctions program was instituted in...more

Corruption Crime and Compliance Podcast Episode 2 -- Ethics and Profits

by Michael Volkov on

With the increased focus on corporate culture, chief compliance officers have to educate the board and senior management on the inextricable link between an ethical culture and financial profitability. In this episode of...more

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

ValueAct Settlement Marks Record Penalty in Heightened Agency Efforts Against HSR Act Violations

Where is the line drawn between acquisitions of securities made “solely for the purpose of investment” on one hand, and influencing control, thereby requiring regulatory approval, on the other hand? That is the central...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.9.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Friday’s jobs report underwhelmed, but it shouldn’t necessarily put off a June rate hike by the Fed, says the Journal, especially given the news that wages climbed last month – WSJ... Fair Game got downright monarchical...more

Australian Competition & Regulation Update - Misuse of Wholesale Electricity Market Power - US Class Action Proceeds

by DLA Piper on

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE US? Class Action to proceed On 1 April 2016, a US District Court allowed a class action to proceed. The action was brought by Merced Irrigations District (Merced) against Barclays Bank PLC...more

Federal Counterpart to New York’s Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures by Fossil Fuel Companies

Recently, three House Democrats urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an investigation of an alleged conspiracy by the fossil fuel industry to deceive the public on climate change in order to benefit the sale of its...more

Skadden Energy Law Handbook - Third Edition (Dec. 2015)

Skadden’s Energy Regulatory and Litigation Group is pleased to provide the third edition of the Skadden Energy Law Handbook. This edition includes updates on recent developments, as well as a summary of those developments....more

FCPA Digest - January 2015

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this issue: - Recent Trends and Patterns in FCPA Enforcement - Foreign Bribery Criminal Prosecution Under the FCPA - Foreign Bribery Civil Actions Instituted by the Department of Justice under the...more

Recent EU Decisions Highlight Risks of “Gun Jumping”

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission (“the Commission”) last month levied a fine of EUR 20 million on Marine Harvest ASA (“Marine Harvest”), a Norwegian seafood company, for acquiring a 48.5% stake in its competitor Morpol ASA (“Morpol”)...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - July 2014

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In This Issue: - Regulation Authorities ..French Competition Authority ..Securities and Market Authority ..Audiovisual Council ..Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications -...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - July 12, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Adopts and Proposes New Rules, Including Easing the Prohibition on General Solicitation - District Court Vacates SEC’s Resource Extraction Issuer Rule - SEC Announces Three New...more

Canada Announces New Initiative for Disclosure of Payments to Governments

by John Boscariol on

On June 12, 2013, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the introduction of a new transparency initiative in Canada that will require Canadian companies in the extractive industries, including mining, oil and gas,...more

How to Conduct Routine Internal Investigations

by Michael Volkov on

The art of day-to-day internal investigations has been ignored in favor of media reports on high-profile, high-stakes internal investigations. With the increasing threat of whistleblower complaints and increasing...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2012

by King & Spalding on

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: - Environmental: EPA’s Rules Affecting the U.S. Power Sector; Taking On EPA’s Rules Effectively Banning New Coal-Fired Generation - EU Competition Law: Czech Energy...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: EU Internal Energy Market Legislation Not Fully in Force By Suzanne Rab

by King & Spalding on

The Electricity and Gas Directives of the EU’s Third Energy Package were required to be implemented in EU national legislation by March 3, 2011 (with a year’s grace period until March 3, 2012 for unbundling rules). In our...more

Shots Across The Bow: How FERC’s Recent Actions Demonstrate A Change In Emphasis And Focus For FERC Enforcement

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently sent several strong signals that it intends to ramp up anti-manipulation enforcement efforts in the energy trading markets, including potentially taking aim at...more

Antitrust Inspections in The Energy Exchange Market

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 7 February, the European Commission (EC) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority conducted unannounced inspections in the energy exchange market. Representatives of Nord Pool Spot...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2012

by King & Spalding on

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: - U.S. Antitrust/FERC: Converging On Federal Reviews Of Electricity Mergers - EU/UK Competition Law: Natural resources and keeping your head above water in the EU - Environmental:...more

ANTI-CORRUPTION COMPLIANCE: DRILLING DOWN ON DOCUMENTATION

by Michael Volkov on

A key, but often overlooked, part of any anti-corruption compliance program is the need to document decisions made by the company. Documentation is critical to demonstrate the company's intent -- the absence of criminal...more

Here We Go Again: Another Attempt at Recovery for Energy Ratepayers

by Bracewell LLP on

Another class action lawsuit has been filed against KeySpan Corporation (KeySpan) and Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. (Morgan Stanley), claiming damages for antitrust violations resulting from an allegedly illegal swap...more

CFTC and FTC Sign MOU Regarding Sharing of Non-Public Information

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate the sharing of non-public information between the agencies in connection with...more

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