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|Beefing up the UK Bribery Act 2010|
Jennifer Colegate, Richard M. Tollan; Mayer Brown International LLP;
February 21, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014The head of the UK's Serious Fraud Office has proposed a change to the Bribery Act 2010 (the "Act"), seeking broader powers to get tough with corporations who fail to prevent their staff committing financial crimes. If enacted, the measures could make it easier for the SFO to prosecute...
|My Brother's Keeper Revisited: Latest Learning and Best Practices on Dealings with Third Parties under the FCPA|
Justin E. Herdman, Karen P. Hewitt, Jonathan B. Leiken, Hank Bond Walther; Jones Day;
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 2014Over the past decade, one of the most common and perplexing questions posed by U.S. multinational corporations with respect to compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") is, "Am I my brother's keeper?" Corporations and their personnel have long struggled, and...
|New EU Commission Report Shows That Corruption within EU Member States Is “Breathtaking”|
Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 6, 2014The European Commission published a report this week detailing the extent of corruption within EU Member States which was described as “breathtaking” by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. The report estimated that corruption costs the EU economy EUR 120 billion per year, a little less...
|Private Fund Managers Be Aware: FCPA Enforcement Is Coming Your Way|
Proskauer Rose LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 13, 2014The increased globalization of the private investment industry has given rise to an enhanced focus by U.S. prosecutors and regulators on rooting out corrupt business activities in private equity firms and hedge funds. As private investment firms expand both their efforts to attract financing from...
|UK Launches Money-Laundering Investigations In Relation To Stolen Egyptian Assets|
James Maton, Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 12, 2014The UK’s Attorney-General, Dominic Grieve QC, confirmed yesterday that in relation to efforts to repatriate Egypt’s stolen assets the UK has opened domestic money laundering investigations into individuals with significant UK assets. In response to a question posed by Mark Menzies MP in...
|Singapore Court Of Appeal Upholds Ruling on Legal Entitlement to Assets of Deposed Philippines Premier, Ferdinand E Marcos|
Annie Clarke, Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014In 1986, the President of the Philippines, Mr Ferdinand E. Marcos, was deposed by a non-violent coup later popularised as the ‘People Power Revolution’. During his tenure, Mr Marcos, his family and close associates are alleged to have illicitly looted public assets to amass a huge...
|Canada Initiates a Process to Ratify Three International Treaties on Trademarks|
Simon Lemay; Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.;
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 2014On January 27, 2014, the parliamentary secretary of the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs tabled five treaties in the House of Commons dealing with intellectual property, of which three relate to trademarks.
|Hong Kong SFC Urges Licensed Corporations to Comply With Applicable Foreign Laws Re: Cross-Border Marketing Activities|
Rob Bond, Anne-Marie Godfrey, Elaine Lee; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 6, 2014In a further indication of the continuing focus of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) on compliance by licensed corporations with applicable marketing requirements, the Intermediaries Supervision Department of the SFC issued a circular to licensed corporations...
|L&E Global Expands to Switzerland|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 10, 2014, previously published on January 28, 2014L&E Global is pleased to announce that Zurich-based Schmid Heinzen Humbert Lerch (SHHL) is now a member of its international integrated alliance of employment law firms. L&E Global specializes in providing counsel to employers on employment, labor, workplace privacy, employee benefits and...
|UK Employment Arrangements: UK Publishes Proposed Tax Measures Against Dual Contracts|
Sullivan Cromwell LLP;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 5, 2014The UK government has published the draft legislation announced in December’s Autumn Statement to “end the abuse of dual contracts”. Dual contracts have in particular been used by employees resident, but not domiciled, in the United Kingdom to benefit from the UK’s...