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They Grow Up So Fast: Alstom and the UK Bribery Act at Five Years

In April 2015, the UK Bribery Act (UKBA) celebrated its fifth birthday. In the same month, the Serious Fraud Office brought a third round of corruption charges under the UKBA in the Alstom case. Those allegations, brought...more

DOJ: Companies Need Not Expend Exorbitant Fees to Get Full Cooperation Credit

During an FCPA panel event, the Chief of the US Department of Justice’s Fraud Section advised companies to conduct “targeted” FCPA investigations, dismissing the suggestion that companies must spend hundreds of millions of...more

The Trade Agreements Act: An Unknown Compliance Issue for Small Businesses

Small businesses often enter into government contracts unaware of all the laws and regulations that may apply when selling to the government. One of the laws that is often overlooked is the Trade Agreement Act (TAA). ...more

I Was An Irrational Compliance Calculator

In what might be described as a “companion guide” to my Ethikos article Does Compliance Need More “Darkside,” I had a chance to read Scott Killingsworth’s work in the same edition, The Irrational Calculator: Sales at the...more

Trade Bills Continue to Forge Ahead to the Finish Line

On May 14, the Senate passed customs reauthorization trade preference legislation and gave an affirmative cloture vote for the Trade Promotion Authority Act and the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. As part of a...more

Kuwait Power and Water Projects to Flourish Following Publication of PPP Regulations

New PPP Regulations - Further to the publication of the new PPP law in August 2014, the corresponding executive regulations were published in the official gazette on 29 March 2015....more

Making the FCPA "Reasonable"— Exceptions and Affirmative Defenses

So, we have covered the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s (“FCPA”) scope, but the FCPA anti-bribery provisions also contain certain exceptions and affirmative defenses. These exceptions and affirmative defenses attempt to carve...more

New Regulations On Public Private Partnerships (PPP) In Vietnam

The Government of Vietnam recently issued new regulations on PPP under decree No. 15 (the New PPP Regulations). The New PPP Regulations will take effect from 10 April 2015 (the Effective Date) and replace the previously...more

Advancing Anti-Corruption to the Front Lines

To advance anti-corruption thought leadership from other viewpoints, we interviewed Richard Bistrong. In this Q&A, CREATe.org’s anti-corruption expert Leslie Benton asks Mr. Bistrong about his personal and professional...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month in anticorruption developments, Canadian transportation giant faces scrutiny for alleged bribery in South...more

New Moroccan PPP law

In order to facilitate the development of infrastructure projects, the Kingdom of Morocco recently created a new category of contracts implemented through the enactment of the law n°86-12 pertaining to public-private...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #4

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Compliance: It Starts With A Village

A few weeks ago I had Mike Kenealy, COO of Insiders Integrity engage in a Q and A on “Just ‘Say No’ to Bribery but Prepare First. A Front Line Story,”. Last week, Mike shared with me a pro-bono project that he had sA few...more

Trade Agreements Act Compliance Activity Increasing at VA

Companies should include internal TAA compliance reviews in their overall manufacturing compliance programs. Every manufacturer of medical devices and pharmaceuticals that offers a product for sale to the federal...more

FLIR FCPA Action Highlights: Continued Focus on Penalizing Improper Expenditures for Government Officials

FLIR Systems, Inc. (“FLIR”), a publicly traded company based in Oregon, agreed to pay approximately $9.5 million to settle allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) on April 8, 2015. The U.S....more

Blog: The Trade Agreements Act and Sales of Medical Devices to the U.S. Government

Does your company sell medical devices to the U.S. Government, either directly or through a reseller or distributor? Are those devices or supplies manufactured at least partly in a country other than the U.S.? ...more

Alert: Civil Claims for Bribery: an Overview of the English and Common Law Position

Take a simple bribery scenario. A foreign Government Minister is the key decision-maker for the award of a contract to build and operate infrastructure, say a toll road. A UK contractor wins the contract in a purportedly...more

Anti-Trafficking Regulations Impose New Obligations on All Federal Contractors

April 10, 2015 Authors: Elizabeth A. Lalik and Katherine A. Fearn Amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) aimed at eliminating substandard labor conditions within government contractors' supply chains went into...more

[Webinar] Insights from a First-Hand Experience With International Bribery - Tuesday, May 5th at 1:00 pm ET

Most compliance officers and practitioners reside in a headquarters building, far from the front lines of international commerce where the realities of business pressures can collide with ethics and compliance programs. Take...more

Government suppliers face tighter anti-corruption, IP compliance in EU

As the European national governments implement the new EU Public Procurement Directive, government suppliers face tighter restrictions on bribery and other corruption activities and potentially even IP infringements going...more

Federal Contractors’ Heightened Role In Combatting Human Trafficking

Companies contracting with the federal government now share a greater role in the fight against human trafficking. Effective March 2, 2015, President Obama’s Executive Order 13627 and Title XVII of the National Defense...more

Procurement Pulse - March 2015: Update 2

Guidance to be read in conjunction with the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015 (PCR'15) is being issued thick and fast. We reported the new requirements for advertising below threshold contracts on Contracts Finder in the...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - March 2015 #3

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for Monday....more

Alert: Suing Bribing Competitors for Lost Profits

Companies are competing to win a contract. One pays a bribe to exclude its competitor from the bidding process, or to win the contract. If caught, it faces prosecution under the UK's Bribery Act 2010, as do its bribing...more

Medical Device Companies Face Severe FCA Penalties for TAA Violations

A spate of recent multi-million dollar settlements has shown that medical device manufacturers are subject to substantial liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) if they misstate the country of origin of their products in...more

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