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FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 76-World Cup Report-Part VI [Video]

In this episode, which is the first of a two part series, Mike Brown and I begin to wrap up some of our thoughts and take-aways from the recent World Cup. We discuss anti-bribery and anti-corruption in the context of the...more

FCPA Training: The Basics [Video]

This webinar provides a basic FCPA training program. A number of webinar attendees have requested that I conduct a basic FCPA webinar outlining how the FCPA statute applies to international business operations. The topics...more

Bribery, Business Strategy and Plausible Deniability

n one word, yes, and I discuss how in a recent guest blog (May 19, 2014) in Ethic Intelligence's "Experts Corner." I ask, if strategy is pulled back at the C-Suite, does it expose an executive message of strict anti-bribery...more

Building a Next-Generation Anti-Bribery & Corruption Compliance Program

Global companies face unprecedented third party risk in today’s landscape — third parties are involved in 90% of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases, and more companies are under investigation than ever before in the...more

Maybellene And The 2014 Anti-Bribery And Corruption Benchmarking Report

Today, we celebrate an event, which is not ‘the day the music died’ but one that might properly be called one of the seminal moments in the creation of Rock N’ Roll. On this date in 1955, Chuck Berry recorded his first song,...more

FCPA Update: Eleventh Circuit Defines "Instrumentalities" of Foreign Governments

On May 16, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit issued its decision in United States v. Esquenazi, an important ruling that provides guidance as to what types of foreign entities may constitute “instrumentalities” of a foreign...more

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

Aggressive U.S., UK Anti-Bribery Enforcement Expected in 2014

According to a recent webinar sponsored by the law firm Hogan Lovells, anti-corruption experts expect to see an increased number of investigations this year under both the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK...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

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

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

Walk a Straight Line — Even if All Roads Are Crooked

The person who said "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" did not have to contend with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Although bribery is an integral part of daily life in many countries and can seem a...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

Alcoa Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to FCPA Charge, Will Pay $348 Million

On January 9, Alcoa World Alumina LLC, a majority-owned and controlled global alumina sales company of Alcoa Inc., agreed to plead guilty and to pay $223 million in criminal fines and forfeitures to resolve charges that it...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

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

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

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