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FTC, DOJ Issue Statement on Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry - On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division issued a joint statement...more

DOJ Announces Pilot Program for Self-Reporting FCPA Misconduct

In an effort to move forward with the Department of Justice's (DOJ) policy of individual responsibility, the agency announced a pilot program to encourage corporations to self-report Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...more

English court compels investigators to disclose information on data protection grounds

The High Court has ruled that a company conducting an investigation may be compelled to give effect to requests for information made under data protection legislation. The case serves as a stark reminder that data protection...more

Panama Papers Scandal Puts Third Party Risk in Focus

The Panama Papers scandal should serve as a wake-up call for every organization—and it should prompt compliance officers to closely scrutinize the third party vendors they do business with. ...more

Further Guidance on Criminal Graft and Bribery Released by Chinese Judicial Authorities

On April 18, 2016, two Chinese judicial authorities released an interpretation that provides further guidance on how criminal cases related to graft and bribery are handled in China effective immediately. The Supreme People’s...more

Feds Open The Gates and Seize the Domain Names

Does the federal government have the right to seize a domain name without notice? With growing frequency, the feds have seized the domain names of thousands of websites for alleged criminal wrongdoing. The latest example is...more

For Theranos, Life is Not All Rainbows and Unicorns: Government Conducting Criminal and Civil Investigations of Blood-Testing...

In a memorandum released on April 18, 2016, the private blood-testing company Theranos – once valued at over $9 billion – announced that it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the...more

Shakespeare Week – Part III: Much Ado About Nothing and Incorporation of Social Media into Your Compliance Program

How does Shakespeare portend social media in the 21st century? I would submit that one only need look at Much Ado About Nothing to see how it should all play out. As with all Shakespeare’s plays there is quite a bit going on...more

Mike Duffy Acquittal Sheds Light on Criminal Code Corruption Offences

Last week’s acquittal of Senator Mike Duffy on fraud, corruption and bribery offences shows Ontario courts will not find “corrupt” intent lightly. The decision underscores the importance of subjective criminal intent in...more

Forex Investment Scheme Results in Criminal Charges

Investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes have become a staple of SEC enforcement. The investment fraud schemes often cross from securities into other areas such as the currency markets. In such instances either the CFTC or the...more

Compliance 2.0: DOJ Pushes the Compliance Agenda

The FCPA Paparazzi have a thick head and a stubborn chin. They just do not understand the significance of Compliance 2.0 to corporate governance and they blindly adhere to simplistic, yet unexplained, solutions to complex...more

New US Department of Justice Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan Creates "Pilot Program" to Encourage Voluntary...

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) released a memorandum (the “FCPA Enforcement Memorandum”) on April 5, 2016 detailing a new enforcement plan for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations. The DOJ announced...more

"DOJ Adds Resources for FCPA Cases, Offers Incentives for Voluntary Disclosures"

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Fraud Section made two related announcements in its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Plan and Guidance. First, the Fraud Section announced a substantial...more

The Art of Self Defense

Corporate compliance programs come in all shapes and sizes and apply whether your company is privately owned or publicly traded. These internal controls take the form of accounting and audit procedures,...more

Foreign Financial Institutions Beware: United States Expands Economic Sanctions Against Hizballah

Effective April 16, 2016, the United States will implement sanctions pursuant to the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. The new sanctions target Hizballah (or Hezbollah) and non-U.S. persons who support...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance in High-Risk Environments [Video]

Leslie Benton of The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org) interviews Richard Bistrong, CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, a consultancy focused on real-world anti-bribery compliance, training, and...more

DOJ's New FCPA Guidance and Pilot Program

On April 5, 2016, in an effort to bolster FCPA Compliance, the Department of Justice issued its "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance" identifying the following three steps to enhance its FCPA...more

DOJ Attempts to Encourage Corporate Self-Disclosures With the Announcement of a One-Year FCPA Pilot Program

Pursuing a classic “carrot and stick” approach to incentivizing corporate self-disclosure of FCPA violations and individual wrongdoing connected to FCPA violations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section announced a...more

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Promote Company Self-Reporting

In a speech delivered last Wednesday by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, the Justice Department’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division announced the launch of a new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) “pilot program” that...more

Anti-Bribery and Compliance Challenges Ahead [Video]

In this short video, Richard Fenning, CEO, Control Risks, shares his reflections on the 2016 Control Risks “International Business Attitudes To Corruption Survey” which is available on the Control Risks website. In the...more

Key Findings from NAVEX Global's Third Party Risk Management Benchmark Report

Vendor risk management and, in particular, third party risk management has become one of the toughest issues companies face—especially after a string of high-profile compliance failures in recent years. The majority of...more

Joint Enforcement of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On March 1, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that Olympus Corporation of the Americas (“Olympus”) entered into two deferred prosecution agreements with DOJ, under which Olympus will pay a total of $646...more

SEC-USAO Charge Former Fund Principal With Fraud

A former managing principal of Blackstone Group, and a partner at Park Hill Group which raises capital for private equity, was charged by the SEC and Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office with fraud. The charges are based on...more

New anti-bribery and corruption legislation in Germany

The regulations to fight bribery and corruption have been substantially intensified in Germany. The prosecution of corruption abroad is made considerably easier. The new regulations have significant importance for...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016 #4

Alleged Spoofer, Blamed for Partly Causing Flash Crash, Loses UK Extradition Hearing - Navinder Sarao, the London-based futures trader who in April 2015 was sued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and criminally...more

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