Compliance and crisis management
The new Norwegian anti-money laundering legislation will enter into force 15 October 2018
The new Norwegian Anti Money Laundering Act was adopted 1 June 2018. A new Regulation, supplementing the Act, was adopted 14 September 2018. Both the Act and Regulation will enter into force 15 October 2018.
Corporate criminal liability; the impact of an effective compliance program
An effective compliance program is essential for any business and it needs to be strong, both on paper and in practice. It addition to providing measures to assist companies to prevent, detect and respond to violations of laws and regulations, such programs have an important role to play as part of any defence against corporate criminal investigations and prosecutions.
Considerations for Norwegian Companies after the US Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal
On May 8, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ("JCPOA"), and re-impose the sanctions that the US had lifted under the deal. This will have important ramifications for Norwegian companies as the United States will quickly revert to the sanctions regime that existed before the JCPOA.
What Do President Trump's Iran Threats Mean for Norwegian Companies?
At last month's State of the Union address, President Trump called on Congress to "address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal". Trump has been attacking the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the "JCPOA"), since he began campaigning for the presidency. But this latest statement, made at one of Washington's most important political events and coming on the heels of Trump's January 12 threat to withdraw from the JCPOA, suggests that the president may be closer to taking action. If Trump does decide to end US participation in the JCPOA, how will he do it? And what will this mean for Norwegian companies considering business in Iran?
Should privilege against self-incrimination apply to corporate investigations?
Privilege against self-incrimination is a fundamental principle that protects witnesses from revealing information which might expose them to an accusation or criminal charge. Many legal systems recognise this privilege, and in Norway the right to protect oneself against self-incrimination is a rule of law. The privilege derives both from the right to a fair hearing as defined in article 95 of Constitution and article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights in addition to article 14(3)g of the United Nations Convention on Civil and Political Rights. In the US the privilege is enshrined in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.