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|It Doesn’t Pay to Steal: In Largest Ever Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action, DOJ Seizes $458 Million|
Fatema K. Merchant; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had frozen over $458 million of ill-gotten assets that former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his co-conspirators had stashed in bank accounts across the globe. The DOJ is seeking to recover almost $100 million more. The...
|Are You FCPA Compliant?|
Robert G. Marasco, Edward C. Walton; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP;
March 18, 2014, previously published on March 2014The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) is alive and well-utilized by both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) these days. Fines and penalties from FCPA violations can reach into the tens of millions and...
|Canada Introduces Asset Freeze Against Ukraine's Former Regime|
Martha Harrison, Paul M. Lalonde, Jawaid Panjwani, Olivia Wright; Dentons Canada LLP;
March 13, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014On March 5, 2014, at the request of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, the Government of Canada imposed targeted economic sanctions against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, members of his family, close associates, and senior officials in his regime pursuant to the Freezing Assets of...
|Economic Sanctions Related to Events in Ukraine|
Jamie L. Boucher, Brian D. Christiansen, Frederic Depoortere, William J. Sweet, Sean M. Thornton; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 8, 2014With the events unfolding in Ukraine, many entities are assessing the potential impact on their international activities of U.S. and European sanctions. This alert highlights some key aspects of the U.S. and EU sanction regimes and outlines actions by President Obama and his counterparts in the...
|Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK: Do Companies Need to Bare All?|
Glyn Powell, Sion Richards; Jones Day;
March 11, 2014, previously published on March 2014Since 24 February, the UK Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") and Crown Prosecution Service ("CPS") have been able to enter into Deferred Prosecution Agreements ("DPAs") with corporates facing allegations of economic crime (unlike in the US, DPAs are not available to...
|China Business Registration Reform|
Sharon Xu; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 11, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014On February 7, 2014, the State Council issued Notice on Reform Plans of Registration Policies of Registered Capital, GuoFa  No. 7 (the “Notice”) providing guidelines on business registration reforms of companies in China. The objective of the reform is to relax the administration...
|Spin-Off and Listing by Introduction of Feishang Anthracite Resources Limited|
Sullivan Cromwell LLP;
March 10, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014China Natural Resources, Inc. (“CHNR”), a natural resources company based in the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) with shares listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market, recently completed the spin-off (the “Spin-Off”) and listing by introduction (the...
|FCPA Snapshot - 2013|
Joanna P. Breslow Boyd, Victoria R. Danta, William H. Devaney, Jan Lawrence Handzlik, Lindsay B. Meyer; Venable LLP;
March 10, 2014, previously published on March 2014Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity in 2013 was robust, with DOJ and the SEC bringing 31 new FCPA enforcement actions, exceeding 2012’s total of 25. Total penalties amounted to more than $720 million, the second highest year on record.
|Court Upholds Ruling That LNG Exports from Cove Point Terminal Are Permissible|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 10, 2014, previously published on March 4, 2014On Friday, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that exports of LNG from the Dominion Cove Point LNG (DCP) terminal in Lusby, Md., are permitted under a 2005 agreement between Sierra Club, Maryland Conservation Counsel Inc. and DCP. Sierra Club challenged DCP’s...
|Credible India: Why India's Sweeping Anti-Corruption Reform is Good for Business|
Brandon Barnes, John Munnis, Prasad Taksal; Davis LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014India is a nation of opportunity for Canadian business. Although India is not one of Canada’s top ten trading partners, trade in coal, business services, agricultural products, and the aerospace sector have all experienced significant growth in the recent past. The large population of...