SDNY To Resume Jury Trials, NYSBA President Joins Chief Judge at Monday’s Justice Gap Hearing

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has announced that jury trials can resume on Wednesday, Sept. 23 as part of phase three of their phased reopening plan.
According to a statement from Chief Judge Colleen McMahon in the Southern District of New York, they have prioritized the order of trials using agreed-upon criteria to select cases from among those for which trial dates were requested.

US firm pleads guilty to paying bribes in Brazil, Venezuela

A major U.S. asphalt company agreed to pay $16.6 million in fines while pleading guilty Tuesday to federal charges that it paid millions in bribes to officials in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela for almost a decade to win lucrative contracts.
The plea agreement by Sargeant Marine Inc. is part of a broader crackdown on corrupt dealings in South America’s commodities markets.

Sargeant Marine Inc. Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Pay $16.6 Million to Resolve Charges Related to Foreign Bribery Schemes in Brazil, Venezuela, and Ecuador

Sargeant Marine Inc., an asphalt company formerly based in Boca Raton, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and agreed to pay a criminal fine of $16.6 million to resolve charges stemming from a scheme to pay bribes to foreign officials in three South American countries.

2020 Compliance Trends in Latin America

By Diaz Reus. Fraudsters, money launderers, and corrupt government officials in Latin America (LATAM) have been running rampant, capitalizing on the coronavirus emergency. COVID-19 is posing unprecedented challenges to compliance professionals in LATAM, both in-house and external, for preventing, detecting, and reacting appropriately to compliance risks, especially in a remote working environment replete with financial strains, and massive surges in alerts caused by changes in the behavior of clients, employees and third parties.
Against this unprecedented backdrop, we present the following summary of recent compliance trends for organizations doing business in LATAM.

Africa Sports Ventures Group (ASVG) Signs MOU with International Law Firm Diaz Reus & Targ LLP

The CEO of Africa Sports Ventures Group (ASVG) Mr. Leslie Koroma Sr is pleased to announce that ASVG and Diaz Reus & Targ LLP (also known as Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance) have entered into an official collaboration with the signing of an MOU.
We have agreed to collaborate in the following areas: Legal advice and representation; Athlete representation; Investments in sports infrastructure; Securing of intellectual property rights ; Community development initiatives and programs.

Can Action Now Help Africa’s Economy After The Pandemic? Yamkela Makupula believes so.

As every country globally, Africa is dealing with many complications in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many countries are currently trying to control and eliminate the coronavirus as much as possible, it is also making a huge economic impact domestically and internationally. One person who has been following the impact on the economy very closely is Yamkela Makupula, CEO of Diaz Reus Africa.