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Hogan Lovells | 28 Jun 2021

Joint focus by Biden administration and Congress points towards enhanced anti-corruption efforts

There has been significant movement recently, by both the Biden administration and Congress, to enhance the government's ability to tackle corruption. This article provides a summary of those efforts and several pillars of the Biden administration's enforcement strategy. In short, these various initiatives confirm what observers have long predicted – that the Biden administration would bring......
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Hogan Lovells | USA | 31 May 2021

Second Circuit doubles down on insider trading liability for corporate outsiders

The Second Circuit recently affirmed the insider trading conviction of Benjamin Chow, a corporate outsider who was found guilty of tipping off his former colleague about a potential acquisition of a US publicly traded company. The Second Circuit has once again addressed the issue of whether the breach of a duty of confidentiality created by a non-disclosure agreement can form the basis for......
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Hogan Lovells | USA | 24 May 2021

From Bridgegate to Wall Street: Kelly, Blaszczak and the scope of insider trading liability

Since the Supreme Court's decision in United States v Kelly, the scope of the decision's impact on federal white collar criminal prosecution has been an open question. The potential implications for insider trading prosecutions were made clear in United States v Blaszczak, with the Supreme Court vacating a US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decision that had affirmed four insider......
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Hogan Lovells | 30 Apr 2021

Unanimous Supreme Court rejects expansive interpretation of TCPA autodialer definition

Uncertainty over the definition of an 'automatic telephone dialling system' under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has fuelled a steady flow of litigation for over a decade. In 2020 four federal courts of appeals addressed the issue, with no consensus on the proper scope of the statutory definition. In Facebook Inc v Duguid, a unanimous Supreme Court resolved the longstanding dispute......
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Hogan Lovells | USA | 8 Mar 2021

2021 enforcement horizon: new administration's civil and criminal enforcement efforts

The Biden administration has hit the ground running, issuing a flurry of executive orders, actions and memoranda with sweeping implications affecting a wide range of key issues. Companies should look internally and evaluate risks with particular consideration for administration priorities. This risk assessment can help to inform updates to compliance protocols. This article discusses where......
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Hogan Lovells | Global | 21 Dec 2020

World Bank investigations arm sets anti-corruption priorities for 2021

This article examines the World Bank Group's (WBG's) recently published third Sanctions System Annual Report FY2020, which covers 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020. The report provides a detailed look at the recent activities of the three units of the WBG's sanctions system: the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), the Office of Suspension of Debarment and the Sanctions Board. It also provides......
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Hogan Lovells | 20 Nov 2020

California voters approve significant CCPA changes

California voters have approved the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), a new law coming into effect on 1 January 2023 that will significantly amend the California Consumer Privacy Act. The CPRA will, among other things, modify existing consumer rights and create new rights and establish the United States' first dedicated privacy enforcer. Despite never having been reviewed by California's......
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Hogan Lovells | USA | 26 Oct 2020

SEC ramps up enforcement activity in wake of COVID-19

When the United States began grappling with COVID-19 in March 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement acted swiftly to make clear to market participants that it was ramping up its efforts to identify and prevent fraud in the wake of the pandemic. Approximately seven months later, statistics released by the SEC bear this out.
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Hogan Lovells | Mexico | 19 Oct 2020

New Mexican Official Standards for ozone and particles in air

The Ministry of Health recently published two projects on the National Regulatory Improvement Commission's online system for consultation. Each project proposes to introduce new goals and standards for air quality in Mexico through a five-year implementation plan that would see a gradual reduction of the concentration of particles and ozone in the environment.
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Hogan Lovells | 9 Oct 2020

Treasury Department issues ransomware guidance in response to significant uptick in ransomware attacks

In response to the significant rise in ransomware attacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and just in time for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Office of Foreign Assets Control recently issued advisories on the potential legal risks of making or facilitating ransomware payments.
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