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Implementing Compliance Incentives In Your Company

Several readers have asked why I have not written anything about the Houston Astros this year. The answer is two-fold. The first is that I really do not care. However, the more I thought about it, the real reason is that they...more

North America Far Behind Europe in Fight against Global Corruption

North American companies lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to implementing anti-bribery training and policies, according to recent statistics from The Conference Board Inc.(TCB). ...more

Business Litigation Reporter - March 2014

In This Issue: Main Article: ..Russia’s Recently Enacted Anti-Bribery Laws Noted With Interest: ..Are Courtroom Technology Costs Reasonably Necessary To The Conduct Of Litigation In California...more

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 66, Visit with Virna De Palma from TRACE [Video]

In this episode I visit with Virna De Palma,Senior Director, Global Strategy & Communications at TRACE International, Inc.. She talks about some of the services which TRACE offers and details a new and exciting scholarship...more

FCA Fines Besso Limited for Anti-Bribery and Corruption Systems Failings

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Besso Limited, an independent management owned general insurance broker in the Lloyd’s Broking group, £315,000 for a failure to take reasonable care to establish and maintain...more

3 Basic Steps to Improving the Effectiveness of Anti-Bribery Training

To say anti-bribery training is important is one huge understatement. It continues to be one of the key elements in any effective or any best practices compliance program. The US Sentencing Guidelines contains clear language:...more

Want to Keep the DOJ Away? Get Clear Anti-Corruption Policies and Good, Interactive Employee Compliance Training

Two of the key components of any best practices compliance regime under any anti-bribery and anti-corruption program are policies and training. Policies tie together a company, its business environment, the risks it faces and...more

New Energy Opportunities in Mexico Raise FCPA, Anti-Bribery Risks

Sweeping reforms across Mexico’s oil, gas and electric markets promise more opportunities for the private sector and increased investment from international firms. However, U.S. companies looking to enter this market will...more

New Anti-Corruption Law to Take Effect in Brazil

With the continued ongoing work to exploit the discoveries in the Lula (Tupi) field and the recently announced 2013 subsalt strike in the Campos and Santos basins off Brazil's southern coast, oil and gas exploration and...more

The Engineer’s Thumb And How To Bribe

We conclude our week of Sherlock Holmes inspired themes with one of the few cases in which Holmes fails to bring the criminals to justice, The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb. Once again using the Holmes tale as a...more

Inspector Lestrade – Does Leadership Matter?

Continuing our Sherlock Holmes homage, today we draw inspiration from the character of Inspector Lestrade as the theme of this blog post. I thought about Inspector Lestrade when I read some of the comments of UBS Chief...more

Getting Your Company Ready For M&A Compliance Due Diligence

Who was the absolute worst general during the Civil War? While there are many worthy candidates for this dubious honor, on the Southern side my vote goes to General John Bell Hood. ...more

Law Firms Forecast Strong FCPA Enforcement in 2014

Three law firms — Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Shearman & Sterling — recently issued reports in which they anticipated vigorous enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) higher criminal...more

Regrouping And Refocusing: 2013 FCPA Year-In-Review And Enforcement Trends For 2014

Following a relatively flat enforcement landscape and some bumps in the 2013 prosecutorial road, the Department of Justice (‘‘DOJ’’) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) appear poised to spring back into...more

UK Government Steps Up Antibribery Enforcement

Recent actions by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority indicate an increased focus on addressing allegations of bribery and corruption. It is clear that, in the wake of the Bribery Act 2010, the UK...more

DOJ, SEC Announce Anti-Bribery Enforcement Actions Against U.S. Metals Firm

On January 9, the SEC and the DOJ announced the resolution of parallel FCPA enforcement actions against a major U.S. extractive industries firm and one of its subsidiaries. The actions related to improper payments to...more

Why Anti-Bribery Training and Policies are Two Essentials to Fuel FCPA Compliance

FCPA compliance is a hot topic in the oil & gas industry. Unfortunately, hearing about violations in this sector isn’t all that unusual. In fact, according to The Network’s research (based on industry findings), over the past...more

2014 Trends: #2 Navigating the Myriad Anti-Corruption and Bribery Laws

Earlier last week we began discussing the top ten trends in ethics and compliance we identified for 2014. Third party risk as the ethics and compliance “Achilles heel” dominated the conversation in our first trend. In this...more

We Mean What We Say – FCPA Enforcement Begins The Year With A Bang

Gone are the days when everyone wondered whether FCPA enforcement was slowing down. The Justice Department and the SEC have answered that question with a resounding statement – “We are here to stay.”...more

The World in US Courts: Decisions Discussed in This Issue: Fall 2013

Orrick is pleased to announce the third issue of The World in US Courts: Orrick’s Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law To Global Business and Cross-Border Activities. This issue discusses 33 new decisions that...more

Mandatory Training for Third Parties – Effective or Protective?

What is the risk? Third-party liability for contractors, resellers, agents and supply chain partners is an issue that continues to bedevil corporations who need or choose to use third parties. The headlines and DOJ/SEC...more

Brazilian Anti-Corruption Law: 7 Implications and Challenges for Companies Doing Business in Brazil

Brazil’s impending enforcement of its new global anti-corruption law underscores the importance of internal anti-corruption compliance programs. Brazil’s landmark anti-corruption statute will take effect 29 January...more

Interview With Jon Rydberg

Ed. Note-today I continue with my series of interviews with thought leaders in the compliance arena. Today, I post an interview of Jon Rydberg, CEO and Founder of Orchid Advisors....more

The FCPA Person Of The Year – The Prosecutor

To continue a “tradition” on Corruption Crime and Compliance, I like to end the year with recognition of the “person of the year,” referring to the institution which has had the most impact in the enforcement and compliance...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 31-the FCPA Year in Review, Corporate Enforcement Actions [Video]

In this episode, I review the corporate FCPA enforcement actions of 2013. ...more

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