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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

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

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

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

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

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 30-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 2 [Video]

This episode 30 is Part 2 of my interview with the FCPA Professor. ...more

The Weatherford FCPA Settlement, Part I

Last week Weatherford International Limited (Weatherford) concluded one of the longest running open Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations when it agreed to the eighth largest FCPA fine of all-time and one of its...more

The FCPA on Steroids: Brazil Ups the Ante in Fighting Corporate Corruption

Recently, in the wake of massive protests throughout Brazil concerning corruption and other issues, Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff dramatically increased anti-corruption prohibitions in Brazil by signing into law the...more

Brazil Enacts Anti-Corruption Law

Companies doing business in the country should evaluate their compliance programs to avoid the law's sanctions on violators. On August 2, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed Law No. 12,846/2013—unofficially...more

Kroll And Compliance Week Survey Anti-Bribery And Anti-Corruption

Not many people realize that the US has elected one president who served as a prisoner of war....more

CIS Legal Update - May 2013: Measures Taken to Strengthen Russian Anti-Corruption Laws

Despite Russia’s reputation for corruption, the anti-bribery climate in Russia is evolving. A recent flurry of anti-bribery legislation, as well as Russia’s ratification of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign...more

As Nonprofits Expand Their Global Reach, a Special Focus on Tax, Trademarks and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

In this presentation: - Introduction - Trademark/Brand Strategy and Protection - U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption - Cross-Border Tax Planning and Compliance Please see...more

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