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Holland & Hart LLP

Corporate Transparency Act Deadlines Loom: Are You Ready?

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As we’ve noted in earlier bulletins, in an effort to gain visibility into ownership and control of business entities operating in the United States, the federal Corporate Transparency Act (“Act”) went into effect January 1,...more

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Recent SEC Rules and Guidance Impose New Obligations on SPACs and Reverse Mergers

On January 24, 2024, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules relating to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and other shell companies. The new rules are effective on July 1, 2024....more

Wiley Rein LLP

Congressman Henry Cuellar’s Federal Charges Include Acting as a Foreign Agent

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Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and his wife, Imelda Cuellar, are facing federal charges of bribery, money laundering, and violations of the ban against public officials serving as foreign agents required to register...more

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

FinCEN renews real estate GTOs

On April 17, FinCEN renewed its Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) which require title insurance companies to identify the real owners of shell companies involved in cash real estate purchases. This renewal is effective from...more

Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)

What's wrong with this company?

I’m not talking about your organization. I’m talking about that company in your vendor master files. A recent report from Moody’s found some downright silly attributes about shell companies. One that jumped out at me was the...more

Bowditch & Dewey

Corporate Insights: The Corporate Transparency Act – FinCEN Filing Reminders and Legal Updates

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The Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) became effective on January 1, 2024. In March 2024, a U.S. District Court from the Northern District of Alabama held that the CTA was unconstitutional [Nat’l Small Business United...more

Guidepost Solutions LLC

Investment Advisers and Generative AI

Start Planning Now to Reduce Your Increased Money Laundering, Sanctions, and Conflicts of Interest Risks The introduction and use of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and predictive data analytics (PDAs) by...more

The Volkov Law Group

Gunvor’s Bribery Schemes — Third-Parties, Shell Companies and Evasion of Controls (Part II of III)

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Gunvor’s bribery scheme is not very surprising nor ingenious.  After all, a number of energy trading companies have been prosecuted for bribery over the years, including Glencore, Vitol, Freepoint.  Numerous individuals have...more

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The Gunvor FCPA Enforcement Action: Part 2 – The Bribery Schemes

We continue our exploration of the resolution of the FCPA enforcement action involving the Swiss trading firm Gunvor S.A. The enforcement action came in with a $661 million penalty against the company, which has pleaded...more

UB Greensfelder LLP

Corporate Transparency Act Update

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On March 1, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Northeastern Division published an opinion finding that the Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) is unconstitutional as exceeding the U.S....more

Venable LLP

Alabama Federal District Court Declares CTA Unconstitutional: Here's What You Need to Know

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The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which became effective on January 1, 2024, was enacted to combat the use of shell companies by those seeking to evade anti-money laundering laws and economic sanctions. ...more

Holland & Hart LLP

The Corporate Transparency Act Isn't Dead Yet

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Congress has enacted legislation over the decades aimed at curbing money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Increased legislation has been necessary to ensure that the federal government is able to address evolving...more

American Conference Institute (ACI)

Sanctions Compliance Measures to Mitigate Russia Trade Sanctions Evasion Tactics

The various and elusive tactics used by Russia to evade global sanctions and export controls have grown increasingly sophisticated over the last several months, putting the onus on multinational entities to become equally...more

PilieroMazza PLLC

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – February 2024 #5

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Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council - Final Rule: FAR, Trade Agreements Thresholds: On February 23, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration...more

Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP

SEC Adopts Final Rules Relating to SPACs, Shell Companies, and De-SPAC Transactions

On January 24, 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules and guidance affecting initial public offerings (“IPOs”) of special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) and business...more

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

SEC Adopts Final Rules on SPACs, Shell Companies and Projections

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules (available here; also see the fact sheet and press release) representing significant changes to  special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), shell...more

Miller Canfield

The Corporate Transparency Act: An Overview

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What is the CTA? The CTA was passed by Congress on January 1, 2021 as part of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020. The purpose of the CTA is to prevent illicit activity, including the use of shell and front companies to...more

Cozen O'Connor

Final Rules on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, Shell Companies, and Projections

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On January 24, 2024, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rules intended to augment investor protections in initial public offerings by special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and in subsequent...more

Holland & Knight LLP

A Summary and Early Analysis of SEC Final SPAC Rules

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By vote of 3 to 2, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) on Jan. 24, 2024, adopted new rules and amendments (SPAC Rules) pertaining to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), with the stated...more

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Canadian CPCs, SPACs, and Shells Should Be Careful to Avoid U.S. Investment Company Status

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On January 24, 2024, the SEC issued new guidance on when a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) may run afoul of the U.S. Investment Company Act (the Act). While this guidance was directed at SPACs that register or file...more

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

The SEC Amends Policy on Economic Projections, and Issues Final Rules and Additional Guidance for SPACs and Shell Companies

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The SEC on January 24, 2024 adopted final rules amending the disclosure and registration requirements applicable to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and shell companies that register or file reports with the SEC....more

Greenberg Glusker LLP

The Corporate Transparency Act - Summary of Entity Reporting Obligations

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Under the Corporate Transparency Act, commencing on January 1, 2024, all corporations, limited partnerships, LLCs, LLLPs, and other entities formed by a filing with a secretary of state’s office must file online reports with...more

Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph

Corporate Transparency Act: Executive Summary

The Corporate Transparency Act became law in the United States on January 1, 2021 and required compliance beginning on January 1, 2024. For more information about the background of the statute, please read our prior articles...more

Sands Anderson PC

Corporate Transparency Act: A Primer

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This is a basic primer describing the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA“) which was enacted into federal law on January 1, 2021 as part of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 and became effective January 1, 2024.  The...more

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CFPB and State AGs Prosecute Debt Relief Companies and Law Firms

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In recent weeks, we have seen an increase in prosecution by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and state attorneys general against debt relief companies and law firms. Additionally, the focus on these debt...more

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