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Government Contracting Abroad: Beware Compliance Risks

On June 16, 2015, IAP Worldwide Services Inc., a private defense and government contracting company, agreed to pay $7.1 million to settle criminal charges of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) related to bribing...more

An attempt at Harmonization: Export Documentation Changes

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is currently accepting comments on methods of improving the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) as well as harmonizing these regulations with the clearance requirements under the...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - May 2015

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics in the...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

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

[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

[Event] The Aerospace & Defense Forum: Cross-Border Opportunities in Mexican Aerospace - Mar. 24, San Diego, CA

The objective of this panel is to provide practical insights and guidance to U.S. aerospace firms doing business in Mexico, both as an end market, as well as a source of operating and business advantages. Our panel will...more

Canada Lays Corruption and Fraud Charges Against SNC-Lavalin

On February 19, 2015, the RCMP laid corruption and fraud charges against the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., its division SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc., and its subsidiary SNC-Lavalin International Inc. under section 3(1)(b) of the...more

Frequently Asked Questions on the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On February 12, the U.S. Department of State released a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”) with regard to the U.S. Government’s efforts to develop a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The plan is...more

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

Shifting Sands In Canadian Anti-Bribery And Trade Control Laws Raise The Stakes In M&A Due Diligence

Recent developments in Canadian anti-corruption, economic sanctions, and export control laws are having a significant impact on the due diligence that should be conducted on potential targets in the context of mergers and...more

"Show me the money" - a guide to non-bank funding in Scotland

A guide to raising capital in Scotland outwith traditional bank sources. The article looks at funding available from Government Agencies and alternative commercial lenders. It is particularly useful for companies entering a...more

Prohibition on Contract Awards to Companies That Were Formerly Based in the United States

On January 29, 2013, a final rule was issued prohibiting the award of contracts to inverted domestic corporations. The final rule requires an offeror to represent that it is not an inverted domestic corporation and creates...more

UK Public Procurement Law Digest: In-house Tender Rules for Mutuals and Shared Services

Many government entities across Europe deliver services through municipal or public-owned companies. Such entities are less common in the UK, although the issue is increasingly on the agenda, with a strong preference...more

China 20/20 - Legal & Regulatory Developments - November 2012

In This Issue: - China Finalized the Amendments to the Rules for Establishing Foreign Invested Securities Companies - Notice of the Ministry of Culture on Implementing Supplementary Provisions IX to CEPA -...more

New Executive Order on Iran Places U.S. Parents and Their Foreign Subsidiaries at Risk of U.S. Sanction

President Obama on October 9, 2012 issued the Executive Order required by Section 218 of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. The new Order for the first time applies Iranian sanctions to...more

California Proposes New Law To Deal With Underground Economy

California Senate Bill 1185 (SB 1185) is a new effort aimed at the underground economy in the State, estimated to be valued at between $60 billion and $140 billion each year. Underground transactions prevent the State from...more

White Collar Watch - September 2012

IN THIS ISSUE: - Government Contractor Indictments Provide Reminder of Importance of Strong Workplace Policies, Training and Enforcement pages 1 - 2 - Winter Olympics in Russia Set Stage for FCPA Scrutiny pages 2...more

California Manufacturing Growth Spurs Industrial Sector

The US economy may be experiencing slow growth but that doesn’t mean there aren’t positive signs in certain sectors. The industrial sector in California is one area that offers signs of potential future growth. That’s the...more

Is The Era Of Cheap Goods From China Over?

Many businesses in the United States chose to have goods manufactured in China because doing so has been a low cost alternative to manufacturing at home. But economists and business leaders have increasingly begun to...more

Re-branding Can Be A Useful Tool For Business

Image is everything, as they say, or at least a crucial first impression. That’s why businesses, even those that have been around for many years, must remain constantly vigilant of how others, especially customers and...more

THE NEW NIGERIA TAX LAW, FREE TRADE ZONE AND START YOUR BUSINESS.

WITH THE NEW TAX LAW, through FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT SCHEME; AS INVESTOR, ENTREPRENEUR, DOING BUSINESS WITHIN NIGERIA FREE TRADE ZONES: You have right, to do business in Nigeria without paying tax in return, as a result...more

Imagine a “Mandatory” Disclosure Requirement: It’s Easy if You Try

The Justice Department urges companies to voluntarily disclose FCPA violations. In exchange for a confession, DOJ offers companies two important benefits: (1) absolution for any criminal activity; and (2) a reduced criminal...more

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