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Anti-bribery compliance in India: Both sword and shield

In recent years, both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have stepped up their enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including to address...more

Embraer’s FCPA Deferred Prosecution Agreement and $205 Million Payment Demonstrate Need for Adequate Internal Controls

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer SA (“Embraer”) will pay the United States government $205 million to settle allegations that the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) by paying millions in bribes...more

Sapin II Law: The Modernization of France's Fight Against Corruption

After years of facing international criticism for purported “laxity” towards transparency and the fight against bribery and corruption, France has adopted new legislation aiming to rectify this deficiency, which imposes...more

Third-Party Risk Programs Should Focus on Offense, not Defense

Just 43 percent of organizations surveyed in NAVEX Global’s 2016 Ethics & Compliance Third Party Risk Management Report said they evaluated third parties before engaging with them—down from 68 percent in 2015....more

Still Serious About Sanctions: OFAC Settles Violations Involving Cuba and Iran

Lest U.S. companies think that Cuba and Iran are entirely open for business, a U.S. government settlement announced earlier this month with National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV), a U.S. oilfield services company, will serve as a...more

Two Executives Charged in Valeant Pharmaceuticals Criminal Investigation

Two executives were charged last week with criminal violations in the Southern District of New York relating to Valeant Pharmaceuticals activities. These charges are the first of more to come in an ongoing investigation...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016 #3

Federal District Court Approves Flash Crash Spoofer’s US $38 Million Settlement; Federal Appeals Court Appears Sympathetic to Michael Coscia’s Claim That Spoofing Prohibition Is Too Vague - The US federal court handling...more

New Rule: The Fight Against Corruption Speaks French

On November 8, France adopted its new framework legislation against corruption, the Law on Transparency, the Fight against Corruption and Modernization of Economic Life, otherwise called the “Sapin II Law” from the name of...more

Corruption Risk in Pharma and Medical Device Markets [Video]

At the 17th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Compliance Congress (October 2016, Washington DC), Paul Hastings Partner Gary Giampetruzzi and I exchange perspectives on a panel titled "Behind the Bribe: Multiple Real...more

Six Tips to Help HR Professionals Avoid Criminal Antitrust Liability Under New DOJ/FTC Guidance

On October 20, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued antitrust guidance for human resources professionals. The agencies also released a list of high-level red flags for the...more

Sales Incentives: How To Tame This Potential Ethical Foe [Video]

In this fast-moving 15-minute video, I exchange perspectives with Kristy Grant-Hart, CEO of Spark Compliance Consulting, on one of the most potent problems of our time: sales incentives gone amuck. From the Wells Fargo...more

Gym members shocked as Fitness First installs CCTV cameras in changing rooms

DUBAI // The operator of a gymnasium chain has installed security cameras in changing areas, sparking anger from members and warnings that it could be breaking the law. Customers of Fitness First Middle East’s gym...more

Employers Beware - DOJ and FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance to HR Professionals

On October 20, 2016, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) jointly issued “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals” (the “Guidance”) to educate...more

Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Raises Prospect of Criminal Prosecutions

The Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals issued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on October 20, 2016 is not a change in law, but it is a fair warning to human resources...more

HR Personnel (and Employers) Beware: Antitrust Enforcers Warn of Criminal Liability For Compensation, No-Poaching Pacts

Human Resources (HR) personnel are now specifically under the scrutiny of the antitrust enforcement agencies. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are typically known for enforcing antitrust laws...more

Corporate Corruption, Culture and Compliance (Part II) [Video]

In part II of my interview on CCTV America, The Heat (October 25th), I respond to questions about the hazards which can occur when compliance leaders lose their “line of sight” into the business. I also share my...more

Directors’ Duties in the UK (England and Wales)

A director who breaches the obligations and duties imposed on him by his office may be liable to compensate the company for breach of duty, may incur personal liability for the company’s debts, may also face criminal or civil...more

4 Questions About the Yates Memo’s First Year

The release of the so-called Yates Memo in fall 2015 shook the compliance world. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates made it clear that federal regulators would look to combat corporate misconduct by “seeking...more

Corporate Corruption, Culture and Compliance (Part I) [Video]

On October 25th, I appeared on CCTV America, The Heat, where I took a deep dive into the issue of corporate corruption in the United States. My co-panelists were Marc Hodak, who counsels corporations as the Founder of...more

FCPA Enforcement Action Highlights Risks for the Financial Services Industry and Individual Executives

New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (the “Hedge Fund”) agreed to pay approximately $412 million to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of...more

Antitrust Authorities to Prosecute Criminally Anticompetitive Hiring and Compensation Agreements

The United States federal antitrust authorities announced last week that companies who have in place formal or informal hiring or compensation agreements with competitors may now face criminal prosecution. This is a notable...more

Criminal Law - Finance

Banks and financial institutions are a part of everyone’s life. The financial relationship between a person and his bank is government by documents and agreements. In the event of loans, especially mortgages, this...more

A New Tool for Anti-Bribery Compliance Program: ISO 37001

Recently, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted a new set of standards, designated as ISO 37001, to assist organizations in their ongoing fight against bribery. As a result of recent increases in...more

DOJ/FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) plans to begin criminally investigating and prosecuting employers who enter wage fixing and anti-poaching agreements with their competitors. In advance of its new...more

HR Professionals Take Note: DOJ and FTC Issue Guidance Regarding Antitrust Laws in the Employment Context

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 20, the DOJ and the FTC jointly issued their Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals, stating that DOJ intends to pursue employers criminally for alleged wage fixing and no-poaching agreements. ...more

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