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Sanctions roundtable

Sanctions roundtable

November 05, 2014, GIR

This year has seen a raft of stringent US and EU sanctions against Russia and Ukraine, together with the largest fine in history for sanctions violations, which was imposed on BNP Paribas in June. GIR invited five leading practitioners to discuss how private practice lawyers and in-house counsel should navigate an ever changing enforcement landscape.

Siemens: the negotiators

Siemens: the negotiators

November 03, 2014, GIR

Scott Muller, Angela Burgess and John Banes at Davis Polk & Wardwell led negotiations on behalf of Siemens in the company’s 2008 FCPA settlement with the US government. Here, they talk to David Vascott about how that settlement was reached.

Canada discusses data breach notification proposals

Canada discusses data breach notification proposals

October 29, 2014, GIR

Data privacy lawyers say Canada’s data notification bill will have a “significant” impact on companies in particular because of the notification requirements included in the draft.

Judge blocks subpoena against Sidley Austin

Judge blocks subpoena against Sidley Austin

October 20, 2014, GIR

A judge has blocked a defendant from compelling Sidley Austin to hand over documents linked to its internal investigation of oil services company PetroTiger.

Strategies for navigating joint antitrust division and criminal division investigations

Strategies for navigating joint antitrust division and criminal division investigations

October 09, 2014, GIR

The criminal and antitrust divisions of the US Department of Justice are cooperating more closely than ever, especially on market manipulation and rate-rigging cases. But with different – and at times inconsistent – policies and practices, what does that mean for companies unfortunate enough to rouse the interest of both sections at once? Veterans of both divisions, Thomas Barnett, Lanny Breuer, Deborah Garza, Mythili Raman and Phillip Warren, explain.

The impact of corruption on arbitration: the state of play post Metal-Tech and Honeywell

August 21, 2014, GIR

Recent awards and associated litigation have highlighted the increasing significance of corruption in international arbitration. Partner Ruth Cowley and associate Andrew Reeves, at Norton Rose Fulbright in London work through the implications of Honeywell and Metal-Tech and examine the current state of play.

FCPA compliance defence: what can the US learn from the UK?

FCPA compliance defence: what can the US learn from the UK?

August 12, 2014, GIR

Many US lawyers are calling for US legislators to follow the example of the UK Bribery Act and add an “adequate procedures” defence to the FCPA – although not everyone agrees this is a good idea.

Walmart: a reminder that privilege in investigations is fragile

Walmart: a reminder that privilege in investigations is fragile

August 08, 2014, GIR

In a recent decision, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled files and documents from an internal FCPA investigation conducted by Walmart into alleged bribery in five countries are not protected by attorney-client privilege and must be turned over to plaintiffs in a civil shareholder suit.

Data preservation in investigations: top tips

Data preservation in investigations: top tips

July 23, 2014, GIR

Data preservation, collection and review processes can be costly, time-consuming, and painstaking (if not at times painful) for a company undertaking an investigation. The requirements of various government agencies and data protection/privacy laws are often overlapping, competing and contradictory.

General Motors recall probe highlights corporate culture failure

General Motors recall probe highlights corporate culture failure

July 21, 2014, GIR

The General Motors ignition switch recall case illustrates the consequences of a failure to escalate serious matters to senior staff, as the company faces government investigations and a congressional probe.