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Alstom case underscores the importance of FCPA compliance programs

One reason the French engineering firm is likely to pay the biggest criminal penalty to date for foreign bribery is that it had no compliance program in place.

Social and environmental shareholder proposals crop up at more annual meetings

Almost 40 percent of shareholder proposals submitted at Russell 3000 companies that had an annual meeting in the first half of the year were related to social and environmental issues, according to The Conference Board.

Capital requirements for banks should be raised further: study

Contrary to industry warnings, a recent study by the Bank for International Settlements shows that better capitalized banks lend more.

Insider trading reversal may be temporary

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rebuked the U.S. government last week for overreaching on insider trading cases, and seemed to offer executives and traders reassurance that they may not be liable if material nonpublic information is acted upon without knowledge of the original source or any quid pro quo.

Companies risk SEC's wrath by discouraging whistle-blowers

Experts warn that the commission is taking an increasingly hard line against companies that discourage employees from reporting compliance problems.

More bids like that of Ackman-Valeant on the way

Despite the failure of the unusual joint bid between Bill Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, more such alliances are seen as likely. 

Keeping tabs on outsourcing arrangements

A report that Apple was overcharged for outsourced services could sound alarm.

Congressional commission blasts China's trade practices

The annual report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Commission finds Beijing's trade practices have helped cost the U.S. 29 percent of its manufacturing jobs since 2001.

New revenue recognition standard means work ahead for companies

Regulators suggest they're open to requests to extend the implementation period.

SEC focuses on materiality, relevancy in comment letters to companies

Deloitte's annual roundup of comment letters from the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the agency still sees much room for improvement in companies' annual reports.