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Don’t Lose a No-Hitter – Use of Questionnaire and Compliance Terms and Conditions

Before Jim Crane came along to purchase the Houston Astros and provide us all with some of the best lessons learned for the compliance practitioner, they had a long and storied history, even if part of that history included...more

A Secret UK Government Consultation–Is the Bribery Act About to Be Watered Down?

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, anti-corruption campaigners Corruption Watch obtained and released details of what they dubbed a “widespread, secret and one-sided consultation” by the Department of Business,...more

Best Practices for Anti-Corruption Training

For any company today, large or small, having a comprehensive anti-corruption compliance program in place is essential. To be effective, however, companies must clearly communicate and engage with employees and third parties,...more

Should the Definition of “Foreign Official” Matter?

FCPA practitioners are familiar with the term “public international organization” as included in the definition of “foreign official” for FCPA liability purposes but do we really know what the term means? Recent activity...more

Verifying Anti-Corruption Programs – Insights from TI-USA

Has your company implemented a program to prevent, deter and detect corruption? If so, have you verified it to ensure it is effective and appropriate for the level of risk faced by your company? Verification of...more

Clean Hands, Smart Deals: A primer on complying with foreign anti-bribery laws

With the approaching financial year-end and the consequences of external audits, along with the new and increased risk of individual liability executives face in light of the recent Department of Justice “Yates Memorandum”,...more

SFO speaks on co-operation

Ben Morgan has spoken on SFO’s recent successes and current cases. He then focused on how firms should co-operate with SFO. He said: - in principle, SFO is more likely to consider a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA)...more

DOJ Sharpens Focus on Corporate Compliance in Deciding Whether to Prosecute Companies

One of the factors that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) considers in deciding whether to bring charges against a corporation is the existence and effectiveness of the corporation’s pre-existing compliance program. On...more

DOJ Fraud Section Retains Hui Chen as Compliance Counsel Expert

Chen brings important industry experience to the role. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section has retained Hui Chen as a “full-time compliance expert.” Ms. Chen comes to the position with compliance counseling...more

Australian Anti-Bribery & Compliance Trends

Today we welcome Ted Williams, Partner, Piper Alderman. Ted, can you share some of your background and experience? TW: Thank you, Richard, for the opportunity to engage with your community, and it was a pleasure to...more

Homeland, Brazilian Clean Companies Act Guidance and the Need for Accurate Translations in FCPA Compliance

He used to work in the movie business so you might think the production crew of the Showtime series Homeland would just give him a call. After all he is fast becoming known as ‘the translations guy’ in the Foreign Corrupt...more

Layla and Other Love Songs and Risk Assessments

On this date in October 1971, Duane Allman died. He was the co-founder, along with his brother Greg, of the Allman Brothers Band. For my money he was one of the greatest guitarists of all time. At the time of his death, the...more

Focus on China - October 2015

Welcome to the third issue of Focus on China Compliance for 2015. According to the FCPA Blog’s October 2015 Corporate Investigations List, China leads the countries reported to be involved in FCPA investigations with 29...more

Former Vice President of Defense Contractor Jailed for Bribing Kuwaiti Officials

On October 9, James Rama, a former Vice President of Florida-based defense contractor IAP Worldwide Services, Inc., was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to 120 days in prison for...more

Interview: Amy Much - Director, Global Compliance, Under Armour

Protect This House - Amy Much discusses building a compliance program from the ground up at a fast moving, international organization....more

Latest Developments in Corruption Enforcement in China

The past quarter has been an active one for Chinese government enforcement activities, and the year ahead promises more of the same. Recent developments include: the strengthening of Chinese bribery laws, increased action...more

The World Bank: Lending & Developing without Corruption

The World Bank recently assessed a project relating to the funding of power stations in South Africa. The World Bank’s initial assessment appears to have cascaded from an SEC enforcement action with respect to Hitachi Ltd....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

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Update

Despite a decline in enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the first half of 2015 has continued to highlight the relevance and ever-evolving effects of the...more

Failing to prevent bribery – prevention is better than cure

On 25 September 2015, the Civil Recovery Unit in Scotland recovered £212,800 from Brand-Rex Limited ("Brand-Rex") under an agreed civil settlement, after Brand-Rex self-reported the fact that it had benefited from unlawful...more

Former CEO of Siemens-Argentina Pleads Guilty to FCPA Offenses

On September 30, the former CFO of Siemens S.A.-Argentina pleaded guilty in a federal court in New York to conspiring to pay nearly $100 million dollars in bribes to Argentinian officials. The former executive, Andres...more

The Challenge of Hiring Anti-Bribery Compliance Leaders

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Maurice Gilbert, Managing Partner of Conselium Executive Search in Dallas. I have been a contributor to his other organization, Corporate Compliance Insights for quite some time,...more

Scottish Authorities Settle First Corporate Criminal Offence Under the Bribery Act

On 25 September 2015, prosecutors in Scotland announced the first application of the corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. Due to self-reporting and extensive cooperation...more

The World Bank: Confronting Poverty without Corruption

I was recently reading an article about a former UN consultant who was convicted and sentenced for conspiring to inflate prices for a UN contract to distribute pharmaceuticals to the DNC. As part of the investigation, e-mail...more

HorrorFest 2015 Celebration I- The Films of Val Lewton and a Win for the DOJ

Today, October 2, is the first Friday in October so I begin my annual month of Friday HorrorFest Film highlights. This year I wanted to highlight the films of one of the great unknowns of horror films, Val Lewton. Lewton, a...more

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