On March 5, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a lawsuit in federal court against AT&T, Inc. (“AT&T”) for violating Regulation FD, and also charged three of AT&T’s Investor Relations executives with aiding and abetting this violation.[1]  Reg FD (which stands for “Fair Disclosure”) prohibits companies from selectively disclosing material nonpublic information to certain categories of individuals, including analysts and investors, and is intended to promote full and fair disclosure of such information in order to ensure that all investors have equal access to potential market-moving information.[2]

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The Colombian Corporations Commission (La Superintendencia de Sociedades) (“Superintendencia”) has issued Resolution 100-006261, which requires the overwhelming majority of companies that are supervised by the Superintendencia and engage in international transactions to adopt and implement a compliance program – called a Business Transparency and Ethics program – by April 30, 2021.  The program must be designed to prevent and detect violations of anti-bribery laws, in accordance with 2016 guidance.
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After what appears to be a period of relative leniency in 2018/19, enforcement actions for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) have since intensified. In 2020, according to publically available information, supervisory authorities across the EU and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) have issued over EUR 170 million worth of fines combined[1], with six of the top ten individual fines imposed being issued in 2020[2].
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Cleary Gottlieb and Tiantong & Partners 天同律师事务所 continue their collaboration to produce joint analyses regarding some of the current U.S. regulatory challenges for Chinese companies.  This fourth analysis is based on a case study of U.S. sanctions imposed against China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), one of the world’s largest shipping companies, and considers sanctions risk

Cleary Gottlieb and Tiantong & Partners 天同律师事务所 continue their collaboration to produce joint analyses regarding some of the current U.S. regulatory challenges for Chinese companies.  In light of renewed interest in China on the topic of U.S. long-arm jurisdiction, this third analysis reviews lessons learned on civil personal jurisdiction from cases involving the Bank of

On March 24, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) released its Final Interpretive Guidance on Actual Delivery for Digital Assets (“Final Interpretation”), addressing longstanding questions regarding which digital asset transactions could be deemed “retail commodity transactions” under the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”).  The Final Interpretation comes two years after the CFTC issued proposed interpretive guidance (“Proposed Interpretation”).
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Cleary Gottlieb and Tiantong & Partners 天同律师事务所 are continuing their collaboration to produce joint analyses regarding some of the current U.S. regulatory challenges for Chinese companies.  This second analysis is based on a case study of U.S. efforts to extradite Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, from Canada, and considers risk mitigation for Chinese corporate executives travelling

Cleary Gottlieb and TianTong Law Firm recently produced a joint analysis regarding some of the current U.S. regulatory challenges for Chinese companies.  The analysis is based on a case study of the national security review concerning the video sharing network TikTok, and an analysis of the Chinese government’s powers under Chinese law to obtain and

On March 9, 2020, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) updated its guidance for broker-dealers’ pandemic-related business continuity plans (BCPs) and issued regulatory guidance and relief from some of their obligations in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.  FINRA made clear that Regulatory Notice 20-08 imposes no new rules or obligations on members and applies only to members’ obligations under FINRA’s rules and regulations and not those of other securities regulators.  Acknowledging the evolving nature of the crisis, FINRA also invited members to consult with the organization to address additional compliance challenges as they arise, noting that additional regulatory guidance and relief may be provided at a later date.  Finally, FINRA indicated that Regulatory Notice 20-08 will remain effective until a subsequent notice of cessation is published.
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