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DC District Court Upholds SEC's Conflict Mineral Due Diligence And Reporting Rule
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia rejected an industry challenge to a rule issued in August 2012 by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which implemented certain "conflict mineral" disclosure requirements mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
United States
13 Aug 2013
DC District Court Vacates SEC's Extractive Issuer Disclosure Rule
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently vacated the rule issued in 2012 by the Securities and Exchange Commission implementing the extractive issuer disclosure requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
United States
18 Jul 2013
2012 FCPA Year In Review
2012 was another active year in anti-corruption enforcement, with US authorities still leading the pack.
United States
27 Feb 2013
Guidance On The Guidance: Highlights From The Resource Guide To The US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
The Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission issued a long-awaited Resource Guide on their interpretation of and enforcement strategy for the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
United States
4 Dec 2012
Directors’ Apparent Authority
This was a negligence case concerning solicitors Eversheds who accepted instructions from a director to draft a service contract that awarded him a substantial bonus.
15 Nov 2012
FCPA Enforcement Update – Recent Pfizer FCPA Settlements Suggest Evolving DOJ And SEC Approaches To Successor Liability In M&A Transactions
On August 7, 2012, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an enforcement action against Pfizer H.C.P. Corporation (Pfizer HCP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.
United States
31 Aug 2012
Standard Chartered Bank Settles Sanctions Allegations With New York Regulators
Standard Chartered Bank, a British Bank, announced that it had reached a $340 million settlement with the New York State Department of Financial Services.
United States
31 Aug 2012
Recent Developments Highlight Value Of Robust Compliance Programs In Avoiding Prosecution For Employee Conduct, May Signal US Authorities’ Response To FCPA Reform Pressures
Recent weeks have highlighted the value of effective corporate compliance programs in deflecting enforcement activity against companies.
United States
31 May 2012
Recent UK Enforcement Actions Highlight Broad Range Of UK Anti-Corruption Laws
The UK’s Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011, following a long period of government consultation.
25 Aug 2011
Corporate Update - May 2011
Welcome to the latest edition of the Corporate Update from Steptoe & Johnson. The articles are intended to provide an insight but not necessarily a comprehensive view from an English law perspective.
United States
6 Jun 2011
UN Guiding Principles For Business & Human Rights: Issuance Of Ruggie Principles Portends Increasing Need For Multinational Businesses To Focus On Human Rights Compliance
Professor John Ruggie, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, issued a final Report and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights on March 24, 2011.
United States
24 May 2011
A Guide To MAC Clauses In M&A Transactions
A material adverse change ("MAC") clause (also sometimes referred to as a material adverse event or material adverse effect clause) is a provision commonly found in M&A and lending agreements that aims to give the buyer (or funder) the right to withdraw from the transaction upon the occurrence of certain events which are detrimental to the target company (or borrower).
United States
13 May 2011
Proposed Changes To The UK Takeover Code
On 21 March 2011 the Code Committee of the UK Takeover Panel (the "Panel") published a public consultation paper (PCP 2011/1) setting out proposed amendments to the UK Takeover Code (the "Code") which were triggered by the Panel following Kraft's £11.5bn hostile takeover of Cadbury last year.
United States
13 May 2011
Corporate Governance For UK Private And Unlisted Companies
The principles of corporate governance are well established for UK public listed companies, and the perceived benefits of good corporate governance for those companies and their shareholders, the wider investment community and indeed the national economy, are well understood.
13 May 2011
UK Ministry Of Justice Publishes Guidance To The UK Bribery Act; Announces Act To Enter Into Force On 1 July 2011
Today, the UK Ministry of Justice published the Guidance to the Bribery Act 2010 ("the Guidance"), and announced that the Act will come into force on 1 July 2011.
4 Apr 2011
FCPA Year In Review 2010
The surge of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity seen in recent years continued in 2010 and added some unique developments of its own.
United States
17 Mar 2011
International Law Advisory - UK Ministry of Justice Issues Draft Anti-Bribery Adequate Procedures Guidance, Solicits Public Comments
On 14 September 2010 the UK Ministry of Justice issued its consultation paper on the proposed guidance concerning the development of "adequate procedures" for preventing bribery in commercial organisations.
18 Nov 2010
International Law Advisory - World Bank Implements Voluntary Disclosure Program For Corrupt Practices In Bank-Financed Contracts
On August 1, 2006, the World Bank announced the implementation of a voluntary disclosure program in connection with its pre-existing anticorruption investigation and sanctions process. Since the initial implementation of the sanctions process in 1998, the Bank has publicly debarred over 300 persons and entities from participation in Bank-financed projects. However, despite large increases in staff, those of us who have represented companies caught in investigations are aware that the Bank has s
United States
21 Nov 2006
Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Charity Oversight and Reform (Tax Exempt Organizations Advisory)
On Tuesday, June 22, the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on "Charity Oversight and Reform: Keeping Bad Things from Happening to Good Charities." The Committee focused on a number of issues related to exempt organization tax law reform, including: corporate governance, enhanced technology (e.g. electronic filing of returns), compensation packages for board members and trustees, revamping Form 990’s, self-dealing and related party transactions, tax shelters, monitoring of charitable purpo
United States
13 Jul 2004
Finance Committee Schedules Oversight Hearing on Charities Tax-Exempt Status - Exempt Organizations Advisory -06/03/04
On June 22, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on governance and best practices of charities, charities accommodating tax shelters, donor gifts of tangible and intangible property, and current problems and issues in the charitable community. IRS Commissioner Mark Everson and private sector witnesses are expected to testify.
United States
6 Jul 2004
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