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The FCA’s Business Plan 2017/2018: Key themes

Samantha Holland

Earlier this week, on 18 April 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) published its Business Plan for 2017/2018 setting out the FCA’s activities and priorities for the coming year. At the same time the FCA published its Mission (see our previous blog post on the FCA’s consultation on its Mission here) and, for Read More

Privilege in Cross-Border Investigations – Whither Shall We Go Following the Rights Issue Decision?

Brandon O'Neil

The ripple effects of the important December 2016 decision by the English High Court in The RBS Rights Issue Litigation continue to reverberate. In holding that notes of interviews by a firm’s lawyers of the firm’s own employees created for the purpose of providing legal advice are nonetheless not protected from disclosure by legal advice Read More

Quick Read: What you need to know about the DOJ Fraud Section’s new ‘Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs’ guidance

Claire Rajan

In February 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), through the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division, issued new guidance on how it evaluates corporate compliance programs, available here. The Guidance details sample topics and questions that the DOJ is likely to ask in evaluating the strength of a corporate compliance program, which is of Read More

FCA and PRA confirm changes to their enforcement decision-making processes

Sarah Hitchins

Following a process that has lasted for more than two years, yesterday the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) confirmed changes to their enforcement decision-making processes. These changes take the form of guidance, not formal rules. We set out below the key changes announced by the regulators, some of Read More

The U.S. SEC and Hong Kong SFC enter into a new cooperation agreement

Kurt Wolfe

This blog post was co-authored by Matt Bower, a litigation and regulatory investigations partner based in Hong Kong.  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the supervision and oversight of regulated entities that operate in the United States and Read More