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Miners Triumph And Opinion Release 14-01

On this date in 1966, the Texas Western University (now UTEP) Miners won the NCAA Basketball Championship, beating the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Now the first round has not even started by March 19, but it is not the...more

Getting the Deal Through – Anti-Corruption Regulation 2014: Bermuda

1. International anti-corruption conventions: To which international anti-corruption conventions is your country a signatory? - Bermuda is a self-governing British overseas territory, whose legal system is based...more

Deemed Public Officials: A Potential Risk for US Companies in Japan

Japan is one of the lower-risk countries for US companies in terms of compliance issues involving bribery and corruption. Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index places Japan 18th out of 177...more

From FCPA to Export Compliance: Avoiding the Slippery Slope to a Compliance Violation

The second half of 2013 saw the continued expansion of FCPA enforcement by the DOJ and the SEC. The decrease in the scope of protections afforded to whistleblowers will lead to an increase in the number of FCPA potential...more

UK SFO Drops High-Profile Corruption Case

The trial of Victor Dahdaleh in London has collapsed due to the absence of key prosecution witnesses. The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) recently dropped its case against Victor Dahdaleh, the British-Canadian...more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Update: Procurement

BACKGROUND - Tokyo will host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 25 July – 9 August 2020, and the Paralympic Games from 25 August – 6 September 2020. According to Jacques Rogge, former President of the...more

Senior U.S. Officials Discuss FCPA Enforcement Trends and Activity

Regulators speaking at the American Conference Institute’s 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act tout large penalties, enhanced international cooperation, and a renewed focus on individual...more

New Brazilian Anti-Corruption Law Will Soon Take Effect

On August 1, 2013, in response to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s ("OECD") requirement that Brazil comply with the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International...more

An Open Letter From SFO Director David Green On Facilitation Payments That You Don’t Know About

From our deck chairs we thought we’d share this with you. An open letter from David Green, Director of the SFO, in connection with facilitation payments. Originally Published on thebriberyact.com - August 22, 2013....more

Free(er?) Trade - US, EU and Canada Quibble Over Market Access and Domestic Preferences

The US is generally pretty keen on international free trade agreements. And why shouldn’t it be? After all, free trade agreements have the ability to open up foreign markets to US goods and services, allowing new and...more

Changes to Canada’s Anti-Corruption Regime Are Now in Force

On June 19, 2013, Bill S-14: The Fighting Foreign Corruption Act, received Royal Assent, thereby bringing into force the most significant changes to Canada’s anti-corruption legislation, the Corruption of Foreign Public...more

Canada Announces New Initiative for Disclosure of Payments to Governments

On June 12, 2013, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the introduction of a new transparency initiative in Canada that will require Canadian companies in the extractive industries, including mining, oil and gas,...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- March 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on developments in antitrust-based Libor claims against major banks; the status of European Union investigations into Libor manipulation; developments in IndyMac-related...more

A Closer Look at the Griffiths Energy Case: Lessons and Insights on Canadian Anti-Corruption Enforcement

On January 25, 2013, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench approved a $10.35 million penalty against Griffiths Energy International Inc. (Griffiths) for a violation of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act1 (CFPOA) in...more

Canadian Government Announces Proposed Amendments to Anticorruption Law

Amendments aim to improve enforcement of Canadian foreign corruption law by expanding jurisdiction, creating a books and records offense, eliminating the facilitation payments exception, redefining "business" and enforcement...more

Significant CFPOA Amendments Proposed to Strengthen Canada’s Anti-Corruption Regime

On February 5, 2013 Bill S-14, the Fighting Foreign Corruption Act was introduced in Canada’s Senate. It proposes the most significant amendments to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) since it came into...more

Human Trafficking: California and President Obama Lay Out New Requirements for Prevention of Human Trafficking and Forced Labor

December 2012 marks the beginning of a new compliance regime. California Attorney General Kamala Harris heads into the new year with a list of targets provided by the California Franchise Board, which identifies those...more

USA v. Fishenko et al.

Letter to the Court Moving for a Permanent Order of Detention

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 3, 2012 released the following: “Russian Agent and 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military and Intelligence Operating in the U.S. and Russia...more

USA v. Fishenko et al

Federal Criminal Indictment

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 3, 2012 released the following: “Russian Agent and 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military and Intelligence Operating in the U.S. and Russia...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance Message Received? Risk Assessment Is Your Next Step

Recent enforcement activities in Canada under its Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), including the conviction of Niko Resources Ltd. (Niko) in June of last year and ongoing high-profile Royal Canadian Mounted...more

Parliament and Council question the extent of the proposed revision to the EU public procurement regime

Since the end of February, debates have been ongoing in both the European Parliament and in the Council on the proposed revision to the EU public procurement regime. As part of an overall review of the EU public procurement...more

Five Major Freight Forwarding Companies Debarred by U.S. Government

Five freight forwarders who have performed significant work for the U.S. Government and Government contractors have been added to the Excluded Party List System (EPLS), meaning that they have been debarred from U.S....more

The Expansive Reach of the FCPA Extends to Japan Again: A Second Japanese Company Resolves FCPA Charges Related to a Nigerian...

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a deferred prosecution agreement requiring Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”) to pay $54.6 million in criminal penalties...more

An Improved NAFTA? Investor-State Arbitration Provisions Under the Colombia-US Free Trade Agreement

Chapter 11 of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was the first international trade agreement provision to give foreign investors a direct cause of action for investment disputes against the host government in...more

Anti-Bribery Legislations: A Business Barrier?

The enactment of Anti-Bribery legislations had impacted how a corporation can do business around the globe. Some of those legislations, namely Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act 2010, are long-arm...more

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