Matteson Ellis – Matteson Ellis Law, PLLC

What FCPA Enforcement is Thinking in 2012

Last week, ACI held its 2012 National Conference on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act where FCPA enforcement officials shared their current thinking. This article provides the highlights related to voluntary disclosures,…more

| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law,...

Lessons from "The Mensalao": Brazil's Largest-Ever Corruption Trial

Right now, Brazil is in the middle of its largest corruption trial in its history. The proceeding is being called the “Mensalão,” meaning “the big monthly payment.” Thirty-eight individuals, including current and former…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade,...

Behind the "Pantalla": Common Corruption Risks in Mexico

As William Finnegan wrote recently in an illuminating New Yorker article, “in Mexico, it is often impossible to know who is behind something.” This is an important reminder for U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)…more

| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law,...

World Bank Sanctions: Guidance for Practitioners

The World Bank sanctions system has teeth. Just ask Oxford University Press, Alstom, KBR, and the more than eighty other companies and individuals debarred over the last year for violating the Bank’s Procurement Guidelines and…more

| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade,...

SEC: Local Language Essential to FCPA Compliance

In yesterday's Orthofix settlement for FCPA violations in Mexico, the SEC said what some of us already knew. The use of local language is essential to "effective" FCPA compliance. This article provides examples of why it is…more

| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Mergers...

Business Pushback against Brazil Foreign Bribery Bill

In January 2012, FCPAméricas reported on how Brazil is currently considering an overhaul of its foreign bribery law. In March, we reported on how a special committee created by the Brazilian Congress to analyze the bill made…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade,...

Four To-Dos before Seeking Outside FCPA Help

General Counsel and Internal Compliance Officers get approached regularly by outside FCPA service providers. Given so many options, companies that are ready to enhance their FCPA compliance programs often do not know where to…more

| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Mergers...

"Remedial Due Diligence": Handling third party backlogs

A common challenge for companies getting up to speed on their FCPA due diligence programs relates to addressing their current business relationships. Even if a company has implemented procedures to vet new partners going…more

| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

The Internal Investigations Map

This map walks companies through the basic steps of an internal FCPA investigation. It provides detailed considerations at each phase. Companies should review the chart in detail and make sure their current processes capture…more

| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

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