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Global Legal Insights: Bribery & Corruption, 2018 - China

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China has had strong anti-corruption laws for many years. On 1 January 1980, the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC Criminal Law”), containing the criminal offences of bribery and corruption, came into...more

Global Legal Insights: Bribery & Corruption, 2018 - Japan

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Japan is widely perceived to be one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Transparency International ranked Japan as the 20th least corrupt country out of 176 in the most recent Corruption Perceptions Index. The World...more

Luxembourg transparency registers: soon a reality!

by Dentons on

On 6 December 2017, two Bills of Law which will implement articles 30 and 31 of the Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for...more

With Mugabe's Departure, Should Foreign Investors Reconsider Zimbabwe?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe had known in 37 years, was ousted from power. The Development: Will this change in leadership usher in a new era of good governance and economic...more

Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley Discusses the Evolving Structure of the US Treasury Market

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Federal Reserve Bank of New York President and CEO William Dudley delivered remarks to attendees of the Evolving Structure of the US Treasury Market: Third Annual Conference. President Dudley’s remarks focused on the four...more

New German Money Laundering Act Establishes Additional Transparency Requirements for Certain Listed Companies, European Capital...

by Jones Day on

On 25 June 2017, the new German Money Laundering Act came into force, which primarily implements the 4th European Anti-Money-Laundering Directive (EU 2015/849) into German law. Among others, the Act establishes a new...more

Senators Introduce Bill To Increase Transparency in Costs and Outcomes of Higher Education

by King & Spalding on

On November 29, 2017, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the “Student Right to Know Before You Go Act,” which would give prospective college students and their families more...more

UK Modern Slavery Act – are tougher disclosure requirements on their way?

by Hogan Lovells on

Disclosure requirements under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘MSA’) have pushed many businesses operating in the UK to gather and interrogate information about human rights risks across their operations and supply chains –...more

Italy Enacts New Anti-Raider Rules to Protect Strategic Assets

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Recent foreign investments in Italian blue chips led the Italian government to intervene to protect strategic assets. The Result: Decree 148/2017 introduced new disclosure requirements regarding...more

An EC Communication on SEPs – Not More Not Less

A summary of the European Commission’s Policy Document on standard essential patents (SEPs). After considerable preparations and consultation the European Commission has on 29 November 2017 issued a Communication “setting...more

FERC Enforcement Releases 2017 Annual Report

• On November 16, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its 11th annual Report on Enforcement, detailing the agency’s Enforcement activities in 2017. • Key highlights are that Enforcement priorities were...more

Parallel Universe or Coincidence: The CFPB’s New Data Consumer Protection Principles’ Relationship to GDPR

On October 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) outlined nine non-binding Consumer Protection Principles (the Principles) for the access and sharing of consumer information between third-party companies....more

The CCF uses tough love on INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus

by Estlund Law, P.A. on

Under the leadership of its current Chairman, Vitalie Pirlog, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (“CCF”) has proven in this year’s decisions that it is serious about holding National Central Bureaus to their...more

FERC Issues 2017 Enforcement Report

by Morgan Lewis on

Report adds transparency on surveillance activities and confirms that despite the lack of quorum for much of FY 2017, FERC enforcement activity continued prior trends....more

CFPB's Financial Data Sharing Principles Impose New Burdens On Financial Institutions

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published nine “principles” and an accompanying “insights” report regarding consumers who have authorized financial data sharing and aggregation (especially with...more

Best Practices in Structuring Initial Coin Offerings

by Morgan Lewis on

A carefully drafted White Paper can increase transparency and buyer confidence while minimizing reputational harm and legal liabilities against the offeror....more

SEC Agenda Will Focus on Transparency

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a Nov. 8, 2017, speech at the Practising Law Institute on Securities Regulation, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton previewed the SEC’s near-term agenda. In his published remarks, Clayton...more

EPA Administrator Moves to End “Sue and Settle”

by K&L Gates LLP on

On October 16, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a Directive to address “sue and settle” concerns with new procedures allowing public participation prior to settling lawsuits challenging EPA actions. For states,...more

The Foreign Investment Regulation Review Edition 5 – EU Overview

by Hogan Lovells on

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

Upending Trade Finance through Blockchain Technology

Trade finance, in both domestic and international financial transactions, is often utilized when one company seeks to import a shipment of goods from a supplier (or exporter). These transactions comprise an enormous amount of...more

COSO Framework: Fraud, Corruption and Compliance (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

Global companies need to actively work to prevent fraud and corruption. Fraud and corruption go hand-in-hand. To commit bribery, bad actors have to gain access to money for unauthorized (illegal) purposes. A failure to...more

Draft FY 2018 – 2022 EPA Strategic Plan: October 31st Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies Comments

The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (“AAPCA”) submitted October 31st comments on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Draft FY 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan (“Plan”). EPA states the Plan...more

British Columbia Takes Action to Reform Municipal Campaign Finance

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Further to our article of October 10, 2017, we note that on October 30, 2017, the government of British Columbia introduced amendments to the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act that will change municipal campaign...more

Legislators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Limit Foreign Interference In Elections

by King & Spalding on

On October 19, 2017, a bipartisan group of federal legislators introduced legislation to increase transparency of and accountability in online political advertisements in order to limit foreign interference in US elections....more

Draft legislation on public transparency and its influence on compliance

by Dentons on

On 24 October 2017, the Polish Government Legislation Center published draft legislation on public transparency ("Transparency Paper"). Our analysis of the Transparency Paper's legal solutions indicates that the law will have...more

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