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HTMLSupreme Court Broadens Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections, Extends Coverage to Employees of a Public Company’s Private Contractors
Nicholas S. Feltham, Mary P. Hansen; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 10, 2014, previously published on March 7, 2014
In its March 4, 2014, opinion in Lawson v. FMR LLC the Supreme Court extended the whistleblower protections of 18 U.S.C. § 1514A to include not only employees of public companies, but also employees of privately held businesses that provide services to public companies. This important decision...


HTML"Gradual Withdrawals" from Fraud & Other Wrongdoing: Guidance for Corporate Officers and In-House Counsel in the Whistleblower Era
Steven Pelak, Jason Prince; Holland Hart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014
Upon discovery that employees or third-party agents may be committing a fraud or may be violating anti-corruption, export control, trade sanctions, money laundering, environmental or other laws, corporate officers and in-house counsel might determine that the circumstances allow a gradual...


HTMLDeferred Prosecution Agreements
Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 21, 2014
Deferred Prosecution Agreements (‘DPAs’) are voluntary agreements due to come into force on 24 February 2014, pursuant to which a prosecutor and an organisation can agree that, as long as certain terms of the DPA are satisfied the prosecutor will initially suspend and eventually...


HTMLThe 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index shows stagnation in CEE/SEE, Turkey and Central Asia
Kinstellar s.r.o.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2014, previously published on December 2013
Transparency International (TI) recently released its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2013. The results can be directly compared to last year’s but not earlier years’, as the methodology changed in 2012. Overall, there is not much change from last year in our region of operation...


HTMLPrivate Fund Managers Be Aware: FCPA Enforcement Is Coming Your Way
Proskauer Rose LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 13, 2014
The 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...


HTMLSingapore 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;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014
In 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...


HTMLSEC’s Strategic Plan Includes Reliance On Whistleblower Tips
Allison L. Martin, Harris Michael Mufson, Steven J. Pearlman; Proskauer Rose LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published (for public comment) a draft strategic plan, which sets forth its goals and objectives for fiscal years 2014 through 2018. The SEC’s “strategic objectives” include: fostering compliance with federal securities laws;...


HTMLThe New Brazilian Anti-Corruption Law Comes Into Effect
Shin Jae Kim, Juliana Sá de Miranda, Renata Muzzi Gomes de Almeida; TozziniFreire Advogados;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014
On January 29th, 2014, Law nš. 12,846/2013, better known as the “Anti-Corruption Law”, came into effect. It introduces administrative and civil liability on legal entities for illicit acts practiced against local and foreign public administration.


HTMLProposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Stephen J. MacGillivray, Raymond M. Ripple; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 2013
Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - the procedural rules that govern the life of a case in the federal trial courts - are on the horizon. On June 3, 2013, the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Standing Committee”) approved for publication a report...


HTMLChief Judge Kozinski’s Ninth Circuit Dissent in U.S. v. Olsen Offers Hope that Courts Will Keep Prosecutors Honest
Joseph D. Barton; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 21, 2014
On December 10, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a request for a rehearing en banc in United States v. Olsen, 2013 WL 6487376 (9th Cir. 2013) (ord. denying reh’g en banc). The defendant, Kenneth Olsen, sought to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence on...


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