Real Estate, Trial Lawyers and FCPA Compliance


What do real estate, trial lawyers and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) compliance have in common? One of the maxims you hear about the real estate business, even in the depressed market over the past 18 months, is that the three most important things are: (1) location, (2) location and (3) location. This commentator was a trial lawyer, on the civil side, for about 18 years of his legal career and it was drilled into him that the three most important things a trial lawyer brings to a lawsuit are: (1) venue, (2) venue and (3) venue.

It was then with some interest that this commentator saw a video on the Project Counsel website (a great resource—they not only blog with summaries of speakers at significant legal conferences but also present interviews with conference speakers on its website), where Project Counsel Managing Director Greg Bufithis, interviewed Tim Parkman, Managing Director of Lessons Learned Ltd, a UK entity which assists companies in implementing compliance and ethics programs. In response to a query by Mr. Bufithis on what was the single most important item for a business which is implementing a compliance and ethics program, Mr. Parkman responded that there were three: “(1) senior management, (2) senior management and (3) senior management.”

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