The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is a United States Federal law enacted in 1974 to create transparency and prevent bribery for U.S.-based corporations conducting business overseas.
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SEC Looks to Increase Focus on Enforcement of FCPA Accounting Provisions

Government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) typically involves both criminal charges pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last...more

What Are Your Company's New Disclosure Obligations in China? – Potential Anti-Corruption Compliance Implications

In 2014, China adopted regulations intended to update and streamline company periodic reporting obligations. The regulations include a new obligation for compulsory interim disclosure of penalties imposed by PRC regulators...more

A Neglected Compliance Task: Program Assessments

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. – Groucho Marx - Sometimes compliance practitioners miss the forest from the trees. They can get lost in the details of their...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 151-Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation [Video]

In this episode I visit with Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation who discusses the work of the WFL....more

A Journey to the Dark Side of Business Ethics and Steps to Protect Your Organization

On May 11th, 2015 I will lead a session at the GRC Summit 2015 titled “A Journey to the Dark Side of Business Ethics and Steps to Protect Your Organization.” My journey comes not from the fields of audit, law, investigation...more

FBI Establishes “Dedicated International Corruption Squads” to Bust FCPA Violators

The squads will extend the capabilities of the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission to gather evidence and enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act....more

Five Step Process for Transaction and Continuous Controls Monitoring

Most Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) and compliance practitioners understand the need for transaction monitoring. Whether it be as a part of your overall monitoring of third parties, employees, or to test the overall...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

Beyond the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

When Ethical Boardroom invited me to write this article, I started thinking about issues that go beyond the ‘bolt-on’ model of anti-bribery compliance. For, as Alison Taylor, director of energy and extractives at BSR...more

How to Conduct Internal Investigations Outside the United States

Think of a U.S.-headquartered multinational when it receives an allegation of serious misconduct at one of its overseas operations. Maybe the company whistleblower hotline just got a tip that a secretary in the Buenos Aires...more

The Two Ps of Compliance: Promote and Protect

I often complain about compliance messaging. Compliance officers have to be careful to avoid becoming viewed as “nattering nabobs of negativism,” as former Vice President Spiro Agnew famously stated about the liberal media....more

Brazilian Corruption Scandal Expands Past Petrobras – Is a FCPA Country Sweep Next?

The Brazilian corruption scandal took a new turn last week, when the Brazilian government announced that it was investigating the country’s health ministry and the state-owned bank Caixa Econômica Federal (Caixa). As reported...more

Navigating FCPA Risks in Global Private Equity Ventures

In light of the global nature of the private equity industry, minimizing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) risks is an important consideration for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed another FCPA action, this time against the company that financed a “world tour” as part of the bribes paid by employees to secure business. Previously, the Commission filed an action against the employees. ...more

International Anti-Corruption Enforcement Efforts

While the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is still the most widely recognized and enforcement anti-bribery and anti-corruption law across the globe, there have been a number of initiatives which will lead directly to...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 149-Patrick Taylor of Oversight Systems on developments in transaction monitoring [Video]

In this episode I visit with Patrick Taylor, CEO of Oversight Systems on some of the newest developments in tools to facilitate transaction monitoring. ...more

No Room for Companies to Gamble as the Feds Double Down on FCPA Enforcement

In 2014, a record-setting year for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the largest-ever DOJ FCPA resolution—an over $772 million criminal fine for French power company...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 148-Mike Volkov on Criminal Enforcement of the Internal Controls Provisions of the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I visit with Mike Volkov on his recent series on internal controls under the FCPA and his belief that the DOJ may be moving towards criminal enforcement of the internal controls provisions....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 147-Prof. David Orozco on the use of compliance as a business strategy [Video]

In this episode I visit with Florida State University Professor David Orozco about his recent article on the use of corporate legal as a business strategy and its implications for the compliance practitioner. ...more

Tribute To Eddie LeBaron and CCO as Compliance Project Sponsor

Today we celebrate Eddie LeBaron, who died last week. LeBaron was a diminutive pro quarterback for 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also a lawyer and decorated veteran, having...more

Fuchs Family Trust v. Parker Drilling Co., C.A. No. 9986-VCN (Del. Ch. Mar. 4, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied a stockholder request for inspection of books and records pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220 (“Section 220”). The Court held, among other things, that the requesting...more

Why Tone at the Top Matters and Join the FCPA Professor in Houston

Over this week I have looked at some issues related to compensation and methods from other disciplines that a compliance practitioner might use to test and then improve a company’s third party management regime. Today, I want...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 146-David Simon on Foley's Global Risk Management Platform [Video]

In this episode, I visit with David Simon, a partner at Foley and Lardner. We discuss Foley's recently recently Global Risk Management Platform. ...more

Courts Continue to Dismiss Shareholder Suits Based on FCPA Violations

On March 16, 2015, Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York dismissed a shareholder derivative suit filed by Sylvia Pritika against the CEO and others of Avon Products Inc. ("Avon") alleging breach of...more

FCPA Books and Records and Internal Controls Enforcement – A Retrospective (Part III of IV)

Plan for the future because that’s where you are going to spend the rest of your life. – Mark Twain. The SEC enforces its books and records and internal controls provisions, most of which involve non-FCPA violations....more

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