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Despite a year of continued global political uncertainty and increasing enforcement, shareholder activism and foreign investment control activity, the 2018 outlook for Europe is positive overall. Skadden partners in the U.K.,...more

The Sapin II Act: New Perspectives on Cross-Border Investigations

On November 30, 2017, the Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice (IHEJ) and Skadden hosted a roundtable at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris to discuss new perspectives on the Sapin II Act and cross-border...more

France Announces Its First Deferred Prosecution Agreement

In a move that could signal a new phase of government enforcement in France, on November 27, 2017, French authorities published a Convention judiciaire d’intérêt public (CJIP) with HSBC Private Bank Suisse SA (HSBC PB), the...more

Sapin II Law: The New French Anticorruption System| La Loi Sapin II: Le nouveau dispositif français anti-corruption

by Morgan Lewis on

The new system strengthens the French anticorruption arsenal from this year, drawing upon the US and UK regimes....more

Blockchain Distributed Ledger Technology Approved for Nonlisted French Securities

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The Situation: French authorities intend to amend securities laws to permit the use of blockchain technology. In March 2017, the French Treasury launched public consultation relating to the use of such technology and its...more

Alternatives to prosecution in an age of global enforcement - Global alternatives to prosecution when a corporate is facing a...

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Businesses are increasingly becoming global, and so are enforcement actions in response to alleged corporate wrongdoing around the world. The harsh reality is that wherever there is potential corporate criminal wrongdoing,...more

France Establishes Register of Beneficial Owners of Corporations and Other Entities

by Jones Day on

In an effort to prevent money laundering and fight the financing of terrorist activities, France has adopted requirements for the identification and registration of beneficial owners of corporations and other entities...more

Government Enforcement Investigations – What You Need to Know in 2018

On October 4, 2017, Skadden presented the seminar “Government Enforcement Investigations – What You Need to Know in 2018.” Skadden partners Ryan Junck and Elizabeth Robertson, both based in London, moderated the panel...more

New obligation to declare beneficial owner(s)

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The Ordinance of 1 December 2016 (which implemented the European Anti-Money Laundering Directive of 20 May 2015) and the so-called "Sapin II Law" of 9 December 2016 introduced new obligations for companies. Companies must now...more

What progress has been made by France as regards the fight against corruption?

by Bryan Cave on

The Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO) released a report on 28 September 2017 of its assessment of the measures adopted by France to fight against corruption following the recommendations it...more

We Can Ignore This French Sapin II Law, Right?

by Bryan Cave on

Wrong. The law Sapin II (Law 2016-1691 of 27 December 2016) has been in force for several months, but the consultation draft of the guidelines is not expected to be issued by the Agence Française Anti-corruption (AFA) (French...more

The single authorization regarding the processing of personal data resulting from the Sapin II Law is finally applicable

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Through its Decision No. 2017-191 dated 22 June, 2017 (published in the Official Journal on 25 July , 2017), the French Data Protection Authority ("CNIL") amended the Single Authorization No. AU-004 on whistleblowing systems....more

Oh, Hadn’t You Heard? You’re Violating French Law Right Now! France Gets Serieuse about Anti-Corruption

Ok, ok, don’t panic. Maybe not all of the millions of dedicated readers of this blog are in violation. Nevertheless, as of June 1, if your company does business in France, it may be time to check your anticorruption...more

Duty to set up procedures enabling whistleblowing in France by 1st January 2018: Criminal / Labor consequences

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On 11 December 2016, the law targeting transparency, anti-corruption and the modernization of the economy, also known as "Sapin II", entered into force, creating a new legal framework for defining and protecting...more

The EC New Alert Mechanism to Detect Cartels: A Teaser Before a European General Framework for Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing has been part of the U.S. legal tradition, if not since the resolution passed by the Continental Congress in 1778, at least since the adoption of the 1863 False Claims Act. With regard to the disclosure of...more

Implementation Decree for the Say-on-Pay Provisions of the Loi Sapin II Adopted

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Adopted on 8 November 2016, the Sapin II Act (Loi Sapin II) introduced a compulsory ex ante vote on remuneration policy and an ex post vote on the amount of remuneration received in accordance with the policy passed the...more

Decrypting the New Whistleblower Law in France

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On December 9, 2016, France enacted a statute broadly granting whistleblower protections to employees. This new law represents the next step in the evolution of such protections in France. The focus on this area of law...more

New French Transparency and Anti-Corruption Law: Creation of a Whistleblower's Common Status

by White & Case LLP on

On December 10, 2016, the law n° 2016-1691, also known as "Sapin II", relating to transparency and anti-corruption measures (the "Law") was published in the French Journal Officiel. Notably, the Law creates a new legal...more

Bond Issues

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France’s draft Ordinance and Decree of 30 January 2017 for improving the development of French law-governed bond issues The capital markets’ share of corporate financing, and of the economy in general, is growing year on...more

EuroResource—Deals & Debt - March 2017

by Jones Day on

For the benefit of our clients and friends investing in European distressed opportunities, our European Network is sharing some current developments...more

Sapin II Law: The new French legal framework for the fight against corruption

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Law no. 2016-1691 on transparency, fighting corruption and modernising economic life was published in the Official Gazette on 10 December 2016. Known as the Sapin II Law, its main objective is to set up a genuine...more

French Anti-Corruption Law Reform

Despite signing the OECD anti-corruption Convention in 1997, France has long been perceived as lacking necessary tools for domestic and international anti-corruption enforcement, particularly in comparison to the US Foreign...more

Loi Sapin II

La loi n° 2016-1691 relative à la transparence, à la lutte contre la corruption et à la modernisation de la vie économique (dite « Sapin II ») est parue au Journal Officiel le 10 décembre 2016. Elle a vocation, selon le...more

"Regional Focus: Europe"

Skadden attorneys James A. McDonald, Elizabeth Robertson and Robert W. Stirling in London; Pascal Bine and Olivier Diaz in Paris; and Matthias Horbach and Stephan Hutter in Frankfurt provide insights on the developments...more

Update on Sapin II law

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On 8 November 2016, the French Parliament passed a law targeting transparency, anti-corruption and the modernisation of the economy, known as the Sapin II Law. This law entered into force on 11 December 2016. Consequently,...more

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