Client Alert September 25, 2018
- The art world is an attractive target because of its fast-paced, high-value transactions with minimal documentation.
- Once the money has been wired to the criminal’s account, they move to transfer the funds to erase their trace and disappear undetected.
- Victims of such a hack must wield all of the legal and investigative tools at their disposal to maximize the odds of recovery.
Client Alert August 27, 2018
- Bribery-related headlines have been swirling in Latin America in recent years, most recently in Argentina.
- Cross-border cooperation among law enforcement authorities appears to be at an all-time high, with local Latin American authorities and U.S. regulators joining their enforcement efforts on large-scale corruption probes such as Operation Car Wash, which has amounted to billions (USD) in monetary penalties paid by those implicated.
- Here are five ways to mitigate risks relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations in Latin America.
Client Alert August 20, 2018
- The web of U.S. sanctions across the globe is dynamic and complex, and it can affect companies doing business in any corner of the world, even those with limited ties to the U.S.
- Inadvertent sanctions violations can be considered “egregious” by OFAC and subject violators to significant fines.
- Secondary sanctions are an often unwitting risk.
Client Alert August 9, 2018
- A new Multilateral Framework on Procedures in Competition Law Investigation and Enforcement (MFP) is being finalized.
- Although the new MFP will not be binding on all enforcement regimes, the MFP’s compliance mechanisms should incentivize agencies to comply with the common commitments.
- This announcement raises five key questions about the future of global antitrust enforcement.
Client Alert August 8, 2018
- Corporate directors and their counsel should understand the nuances of cross-border independent investigations, which can create pitfalls for even the most experienced corporate advisers.
- Although the stated risks are common to many types of cross-border investigations, they can be unexpected for corporate advisers whose primary experience is U.S.-based.
- Strategically navigating the pitfalls stated within is vital because the business judgment rule does not protect a board or a company from violations of the foreign laws discussed.
Client Alert July 6, 2018
- In recent history, investments originating from China have accounted for nearly a quarter of CFIUS reviews, with investments from the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, Israel and South Korea also among the most reviewed.
- The U.S. has indicated it intends to more aggressively review and regulate foreign investment in industries that may implicate national security via the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an interagency committee headed by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
- While CFIUS is largely a voluntary regime, it is important for foreign investors to consider the potential implications of an investment in, or the purchase of, a U.S. company.
Client Alert June 7, 2018
- Recent judgments have provided victims with a new route to claim damages from third parties, and thereby widen the pool from which to make a recovery.
- Claimants in numerous common law jurisdictions now can bring two new types of claims against associates of fraudsters who have assisted in the dissipation of assets after a freezing order or judgment has been obtained.
- Creditors seeking to make recoveries against fraudsters based in offshore jurisdictions should consider these two new, but related, claims against third parties when developing their asset recovery strategy.
Client Alert June 1, 2018
- U.S. courts traditionally have been a generous forum for foreign judgment creditors.
- A recent ruling from a New York state court has further broken down barriers for recognition of a foreign judgment in the U.S., even when the debtor is subject to a foreign insolvency proceeding.
- The New York decision is part of a trend of U.S. courts rejecting "fairness" and "corruption" challenges to Russian courts' judgments. Similar challenges can be overcome with the aid of proper counsel.
Client Alert May 31, 2018
- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are aggressively directing their enforcement resources to combat against digital currency traders in the UK and greater EMEA.
- Counsel located in the UK and greater EMEA region needs to be aware of the risks involved with this new-found aggression and how to prepare for any U.S.-driven regulatory inquiries or subpoenas.
- Firms representing European entities and individuals involved in cryptocurrency should be more comprehensive in their preparation.