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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on May 20, 2015 announced a settlement with global resources company BHP Billiton over allegations that BHP Billiton violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) by providing luxury travel packages to foreign government officials and their spouses at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The settlement, imposed through a Cease-and-Desist Order (“Order”), underscores the importance of adequate safeguards and internal controls when providing hospitality to foreign government officials. Click…
Last week saw two significant developments for insider trading law stemming from the Second Circuit’s important decision in U.S. v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014). First, the government was dealt a significant loss when, on Jan. 22, 2015, U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. vacated four insider trading defendants’ guilty pleas in the wake of Newman and rejected the government’s argument that the Newman decision does not apply to cases prosecuted under the so-called “misappropriation” theory of…
The United States and others have imposed economic sanctions and issued anti-money laundering advisories in the wake of the growing political tensions between the United States and Russia over the fate of Ukraine. Click here for a summary of the actions taken by authorities to date and discusses compliance implications for investment funds. Fund managers should continue monitoring developments in this rapidly fluctuating area of heightened sanctions and AML risk.…
The Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently increased the pace of investigations of potential violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Rule 105 makes it unlawful for any person during the “Rule 105 restricted period” to “sell short” an equity security that is being offered for cash pursuant to a registration statement in a firm-commitment, underwritten offering and purchase the offered securities. Hedge fund…
On Nov. 14, 2012, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) jointly issued A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “Guide”), available at http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/29520121114101438198031.pdf. The 120-page Guide provides a detailed analysis of the FCPA from the perspective of the government agencies charged with enforcing it. The Guide was issued after complaints byU.S. business interests about certain gray areas in the statute, and an OECD recommendation…