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Cooperation, Leniency, Internal Investigations, Self-Incrimination, Privilege and All That Jazz

I recently attended a Fraud Conference in Miami where I heard a French lawyer insisting that since he was a defence advocate, his job was to defend his clients against fraud allegations, not to prosecute them. Instead of...more

Corruption Risk and Prosecution are Real and They are not Going Away

On November 11, the The Wall Street Journal ran a story with a fairly provocative headline: "U.S. Justice Department Makes Radical Shift on Foreign Bribery Enforcement." Whether DOJ is making a radical shift or not, corporate...more

A New FCPA Policy May Be Coming, but Questions Remain

Just a week after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) introduced its new Compliance Counsel, and just a month after the DOJ issued the “Yates memo,” it is now being reported that the DOJ is considering a new policy that...more

Tackling Corruption – Now A Truly Global Initiative?

There continues to be a global drive towards greater transparency and accountability in business. There are a number of factors at play here. ...more

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

The UK Government recently announced that it has shelved its plan to introduce a new corporate criminal offence for failing to prevent economic crime. However, corporates should still beware other potential criminal...more

Lacey Act Lessons from the Lumber Liquidators $13 Million Settlement: Has the Definition of “Due Care” Been Expanded?

On October 7, 2015, Lumber Liquidators agreed to plead guilty to five criminal charges, including one felony, stemming from the purchase and import of certain wood products through three separate Chinese suppliers. The plea...more

New Study Highlights Anti-Bribery & Corruption Gaps & Risks

Everyone reading this post should have conducted a corporate risk assessment (CRA) in the past couple years. If not, stop reading and go conduct one now. Seriously, how can you know if your compliance program resources,...more

SEC and Hitachi Reach FCPA Settlement Over Corrupt Payments in South Africa

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced a settlement with Hitachi, Ltd. over allegations that the company sold shares in a South African subsidiary to a front company for the African National...more

Look At Business Strategy Before the Bribe [Video]

In my multi-part interview with Jenny Hammond, Business Correspondent, European CEO, I share the danger that management incurs when they forecast aggressive growth in frontier markets, where lucrative business opportunities...more

Corruption Risk in the Defense Sector [Video]

In an interview with Jenny Hammond, Business Correspondent, European CEO (World News Media), I engage in a discussion on real-world corruption risk in the global arms and defense industry. ...more

You’re the Man—Government Targets Individuals in FCPA Cases

The government has increasingly focused its FCPA enforcement firepower on individuals. On August 31, a Russian official living in Maryland pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with arranging $2...more

A Front-Line Interview on "the Currency of Impact" with Author Dorie Clark [Video]

In the second of my Front Line interviews, I have the pleasure of engaging with author and HBR contributor Dorie Clark, on how our thoughts and ideas can have a real impact “on the ground” beyond ‘clicks and likes.’ Dorie’s...more

Bribery and Behaviors from the Front-Lines

Tell me a little bit about your background and how you came to be an anti-bribery consultant. My entry point into the defense business was as a fourth generation family member of what at the time (the mid 80's) was one...more

Cartoons, Crime and Compliance

The full animation of “Why We Say Yes,” is now available by clicking on the above image. As a companion guide, here is my interview with Nicole Rose ([email protected]), creative founder, and CEO of Create Training and The...more

Why We Say Yes to Corruption [Video]

In the full-length video of "Why We Say Yes," a real-world story, including the real voice of the investigator, is shared via animation, with a focus on what elements impact front-line thinking when confronting corruption. ...more

New International Standard, ISO 19600:2014, Makes Few Headlines But May Have Huge Impact

Those of us working in the ethics and compliance field know that there is no shortage of guidance on best practices for establishing and maintaining an ethics and compliance program. In the U.S., the Federal Sentencing...more

How Ethical Behaviors Can "All Go So Wrong."  [Video]

In the trailer of a full animated video to be released on September 14th, 2015, I introduce many of the front-line rationalizations, temptations and emotions which impacted my conduct and decisions on the front-lines of...more

Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Brazil is in High Gear

Headlines of Brazil’s push to fight corruption are everywhere. The Petrobras scandal involves contracts worth billions of dollars, and prosecutors have uncovered a U.S. connection. The public is outraged and has called for...more

The High Cost of an FCPA Violation

Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can lead to hefty penalties. Indeed, individuals who violate the FCPA, and their employers, could be on the hook for a variety of penalties described below. Companies...more

Application Of The Double Jeopardy Prohibition To A Deferred Prosecution Agreement In The Oil For Food Case

On 18 June 2015, the Paris criminal tribunal rendered its judgment in one of the two cases that have reached French courts in relation to allegation of bribery in the context of the Oil For Food (OFF) program. In an important...more

Our Picks for the August Top 10 Ethics and Compliance Articles You Don’t Want to Miss

With so many articles available every month, it’s possible that a few got buried in either your inbox or the depths of the blogosphere. But for professional growth (and a quick break from the daily grind), we all know it’s...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2015

Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Spain Sets a New Milestone with its Corporate Compliance Statute

As of July 1 of this year, Spain becomes the latest in a string of nations with a corporate compliance defense. Article 33 of Spain’s criminal code will provide an exemption from corporate criminal liability where the company...more

The UK Appoints New Anti-Corruption Unit: A Look at the Global Ramifications

Given London’s role in international business and finance, the UK Bribery Act 2010 promised to form a potential strong counterpart to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Now, the UK government is taking steps which...more

Front Line Interview Episode 1. Alison Taylor: Organizations, Compliance & Corruption [Video]

In the launch of a new video series, Front-Line Interviews, I engage with Alison Taylor, Director of Energy and Extractives at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). I first became aware of Alison’s work via a Forbes...more

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