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  • New ESMA guidance signals more flexible approach on global depositary receipts weblink

    Briefings | 28 June 2012

    On 20 June 2012, the European Securities Markets Authority published new guidance on the use of ‘up to amount’ listings of global depositary receipts (GDRs) which provides much needed clarity to issuers and participants in the European GDR markets.

  • EU commission ends antitrust proceeding after Areva and Siemens agree to limit scope of non-compete and confidentiality obligations weblink

    Briefings | 29 June 2012

    On 18 June 2012, the European Commission announced its decision to accept commitments offered by Areva SA and Siemens AG limiting the scope and duration of non-compete and confidentiality obligations agreed to in the context of a nuclear technologies joint venture.

  • Work emails to spouses may not be protected by marital privilege weblink

    Briefings | 11 July 2012

    Yesterday in a criminal case, United States v Hamilton, 2012 WL 6000731, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that emails the defendant sent to his wife over his employer’s email system were properly admitted as evidence against him.

  • FCPA update — July 2012 weblink

    Briefings | 30 July 2012

    In this issue: the SFO’s latest bribery related settlement; The difficulty of recovering damages from the government when an FCPA prosecution misfires; German High Court ruling on pharmaceutical industry and doctors.

  • FCPA update — August 2012 weblink

    Briefings | 30 August 2012

    This issue represents the first installment of a new feature of FCPA Update: our regional spotlight series.

  • India Supreme Court decision signals pro-arbitration turn weblink

    Briefings | 7 September 2012

    In an important reversal of precedent, the Supreme Court of India held that Indian courts may not exercise supervisory jurisdiction over foreign-seated arbitrations pursuant to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

  • UK FSA review of the client money rules for insurance intermediaries weblink

    Briefings | 17 September 2012

    On 28 August 2012, the UK’s Financial Services Authority published a consultation paper which includes proposals to amend the rules on how insurance firms deal with client money.

  • India announces ‘big bang’ economic reforms weblink

    Briefings | 24 September 2012

    After months of policy paralysis, the Indian government, on 14 September 2012, announced major reforms permitting and/or increasing foreign direct investment in the areas of multibrand retail, civil aviation, broadcasting and power trading exchanges with a view to boost economic growth.

  • French draft budget for 2013 weblink

    Briefings | 1 October 2012

    On 28 September 2012, the French government released its much-awaited draft budget for 2013, which, unsurprisingly, contains significant tax increases, targeting wealthy individuals and large businesses.

  • US Enforcement agencies issue extensive new FCPA guidance weblink

    Briefings | 15 November 2012

    On 14 November 2012, the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission issued A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which provides extensive and long-awaited guidance on the interpretation and enforcement of the FCPA.

  • FCPA update — November 2012 weblink

    Briefings | 29 November 2012

    In this issue: US enforcement agencies issue extensive new FCPA guidance; recent surveys highlight anti-corruption trends facing companies; Italy adopts new anti-corruption law.

  • Insider trading plans in spotlight again weblink

    Briefings | 3 December 2012

    The spotlight is shining once again on the use (and possible abuse) of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans by corporate executives.

  • NAIC 2012 Fall national meeting weblink

    Briefings | 7 December 2012

    The National Association of Insurance Commissioners held its 2012 Fall National Meeting from 29 November to 2 December 2012 in National Harbor, Maryland.

  • FCPA update — May 2012 weblink

    Briefings | 7 December 2012

    An update on cases related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including the DOJ’s case against Morgan Stanley, the British government’s proposals concerning deferred prosecution agreements, and developments in Russia’s fight against corruption.

  • FCPA update — December 2012 weblink

    Briefings | 11 December 2012

    An update on issues arising from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index DOJ and SEC discussions on FCPA guidance and current enforcement issues, and news from the BRICs.

  • Fund directors charged in recent SEC enforcement case targeting valuation weblink

    Briefings | 14 December 2012

    For the past year, top officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have repeatedly identified the valuation of illiquid assets held by registered funds and private equity and hedge funds as one of the regulatory agency’s top five areas of enforcement focus. And, true to its word, the SEC has been actively pursuing such investigations.

  • The US Federal Rerserve's proposal and the foreign banking community weblink

    Briefings | 21 December 2012

    On 14 December 2012, the Federal Reserve Board issued proposed rules implementing the enhanced prudential standards and early remediation requirements of Sections 165 and 166 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

  • First bundle of amendments to the Russian Civil Code is adopted weblink

    Briefings | 2 January 2013

    On 18 December 2012, the draft Federal Law on Amendments to Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Part One of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation had its third reading in the Russian State Duma.

  • India proposes a revamp of its company law regime weblink

    Briefings | 14 January 2013

    On 18 December 2012, the lower house of India’s parliament cleared the Companies Bill 2012, in a significant step towards replacing the more than 50-year-old Companies Act 1956.

  • The FCPA in 2012 weblink

    Briefings | 23 January 2013

    The year 2012 will probably be remembered in the annals of FCPA history as the year of the Guidance.

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