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A "French Bribery (and Sunshine) Act" is about to be launched - a legal revolution is underway in France

France has been for a long time lagging behind on the field of anti-corruption laws. In 2012, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development raised serious concerns regarding the lack of bribery convictions in...more

2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, a Vital Anti-Bribery Compliance Tool, Highlights Global Corruption Risks for Corporations

On January 27, 2016, Transparency International released its 2015 update to its annual “Corruption Perceptions Index” (“CPI”), a vital resource for corporate anti-corruption compliance efforts. The 2015 CPI rates 168...more

Fraud and Bribery: Segregation of Duties

Some things go together. Chocolate chip cookies and milk, Hepburn and Tracy, Lewis and Martin (I know, I am showing my age, but you get the point), and many other favorite combinations. So, you get the point – in the world of...more

[Webinar] White Collar Crimes in Indo-U.S. context: Do’s and Don’ts - Meritas Capability Webinar - Feb. 3rd, 10:00am EST

While emerging markets represent untapped growth potential and investment opportunities, there is often a sharp contrast between global best practices and compliance requirements and accepted business practices prevalent in...more

Whistleblowing: Awareness and Reluctance

The following guest post is authored by Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director Institute of Business Ethics. What stops employees from blowing the whistle? Employees are a first line of defence in protecting companies from...more

International News: Focus on Tax - Issue 3, 2015

The breadth of the articles contained in our Focus on Tax this issue demonstrates the perennial importance of this topic to global businesses and international high net worth individuals. We examine topics ranging from...more

Star Wars Week Part I – How do You Evaluate a Risk Assessment?

Today I begin a series of Star Wars themed blog posts to celebrate the upcoming release of the next entry in the Star Wars franchise, Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Please note that I will only use the first three movies,...more

Global Anti-Corruption Perspective: Top 4 Potential Changes to Look Out for in Australia's Foreign Bribery Regime

Australia's foreign bribery regime may be set for a significant overhaul in 2016 and 2017. Australia's current foreign bribery legislative framework and approach to enforcement are under review, with the commencement of an...more

Global Anti-Corruption Perspective: A Signal of Further Reform: China Amends Its Anti-Bribery Laws – Key Highlights

The Ninth Amendment to China’s Criminal Law, introducing a new bribery offense and revising anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) provisions of the law, is now in effect. The ABAC provisions are much wider in coverage than...more

Global Anti-Corruption Perspective - Corporate Alert: Five Ways to Navigate Compliance with Canada’s new Integrity Regime for...

Public Works and Government Services Canada has released its anticipated revisions to the Integrity Regime, Canada’s debarment regime for public sector contractors. Despite relaxing some of the more controversial provisions...more

Interview: Third Party Risk Management on the Front-Line

In an interview with Leas Bachatene, CEO at ethiXbase, Richard Bistrong, CEO at Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, shares his views on front-line third party risk management in today’s business environment. Originally...more

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

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