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SEC official: should our assessment be driven by the whims of a jury?

SEC official: should our assessment be driven by the whims of a jury?

April 30, 2014, GIR

US Securities and Exchange Commissioner Daniel Gallagher yesterday rejected a colleague’s criticisms that the agency has been too lenient in its enforcement of penalties against larger companies.

Jobs for favours in China: how the US could bring a case

Jobs for favours in China: how the US could bring a case

April 28, 2014, GIR

With two investigations underway into whether companies hired Chinese officials’ relatives as a way of a bribe, lawyers tell GIR how US authorities may prove this type of case.

Spain adopts UK/US style foreign bribery laws

Spain adopts UK/US style foreign bribery laws

March 31, 2014, GIR

Spain has widened its jurisdiction of international corruption to include acts of bribery that occur outside Spanish territory, in a set of reforms that came into effect this month.

Alstom investigating “limited number of projects”, says counsel

Alstom investigating “limited number of projects”, says counsel

March 28, 2014, GIR

French conglomerate Alstom is focusing its FCPA investigation on a select number of projects agreed by the US Department of Justice, the company’s external counsel says.

Akin Gump awaits Dahdaleh legal costs decision

Akin Gump awaits Dahdaleh legal costs decision

March 14, 2014, GIR

A UK judge will decide next week whether Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner Mark MacDougall committed ‘serious misconduct’ in his involvement with the Serious Fraud Office's collapsed Victor Dahdaleh bribery trial, which would allow Dahdaleh to recover legal costs from him and the firm.

Supreme Court SOX decision less significant in light of Dodd-Frank, observers say

Supreme Court SOX decision less significant in light of Dodd-Frank, observers say

March 07, 2014, GIR

A US Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday extended Sarbanes-Oxley’s whistleblower provisions to employees of private contractors to publicly traded companies, though observers say the decision is unlikely to have a significant effect as whistleblowers increasingly turn to Dodd-Frank.

UK lawyers question FCA's use of attestations

UK lawyers question FCA's use of attestations

February 26, 2014, GIR

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has asked compliance officers to sign documents that force them to take ultimate responsibility for certain internal controls at banks. Practitioners question this approach, saying the policy was designed to hold only the most senior executives to account.

An interview with David Sonter

February 13, 2014, GIR

David Sonter is Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s corporate country partner for Brazil. He has over 10 years’ experience of the legal climate in Brazil and he talks to GIR about the challenges of advising clients there as well as the new anti-corruption law that’s just come into force.