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Anti-Corruption Campaign in China—Causes of Corruption, and Hope?

The following guest post is the first part of an occasional series on the anti-corruption campaign in China. The authors are resident in the Hong Kong office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. SECactions welcomes submissions from other...more

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Fraud Index Released-Startling Findings - A survey of more than 1,400 organizations worldwide revealed startling 4th quarter results on fraud trends for 2013. The Fraud Reporting Percentage (FRP), which measures fraud...more

Mitigating Bribery Risks With Financial Controls

Anti-corruption compliance is not as hard as it looks. In fact, by taking a step back, compliance professionals can gain insights. At the direction of compliance professionals, companies like to develop and adopt...more

UK SFO Drops High-Profile Corruption Case

The trial of Victor Dahdaleh in London has collapsed due to the absence of key prosecution witnesses. The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) recently dropped its case against Victor Dahdaleh, the British-Canadian...more

For FCPA Compliance, Tone At The Top Key, Lack of Policies A Difficulty

The number of FCPA enforcement actions brought in recent years has declined. The SEC, for example, reports that in fiscal 2013 it brought 8 cases, compared to 10 in 2012 and 15 in 2011. Nevertheless, those who might be...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—A Look Back at 2012 and 2013

Over the last two years, enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) has remained a priority of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). That emphasis is likely to...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

New York Proposes New Force-Placed Insurance Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently issued proposed force-placed insurance regulations to reduce premiums and eliminate kickbacks that it claims are pervasive in the industry. The regulations will...more

From New Hampshire To Birmingham: Bill Athanas And The Fight Against Fraud And Corruption

Ed. Note-I continue my series of profiling thought leaders in the area of anti-corruption. Today, I post an interview with Bill Athanas, partner in the firm of Waller Law. ...more

White Collar Watch - July 2013

In This Issue: - Factors in Forfeiture: Eleventh Circuit Rules in Seizure of Rothstein Ponzi Assets - Health Care False Statement Statute Serves as Backstop for Government In Nearly Failed Prosecution -...more

UK Bribery Act: Still Hostage to Budget Cuts?

According to a 22 July 2013 article in The Law Society Gazette, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is investigating only two cases relating to the Bribery Act more than two years after the law came into force. Response to a...more

SEC Announces Three New Anti-Fraud Enforcement Initiatives

On July 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced three new initiatives in the Division of Enforcement (the “Division”) focused on the detection and prevention of fraud. ...more

Final SEC Rule Disqualifying Bad Actors From Rule 506 Offerings

The SEC has adopted final rules to implement Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 926 required the SEC to adopt rules that disqualify securities offerings involving certain...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - July 12, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Adopts and Proposes New Rules, Including Easing the Prohibition on General Solicitation - District Court Vacates SEC’s Resource Extraction Issuer Rule - SEC Announces Three New...more

Broker-Dealers: Pay Attention To Government Audits And Examinations

The story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” applies with full force to the securities industry and the FCPA. ...more

Distributors Should Be Analyzed As Any Other Third Party Representative in the Sales Chain

Ed. Note-David Simon is a partner at Foley and Lardner and Bill Athanas is a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. Both have practices which include FCPA compliance. After my recent post on distributors under the...more

Socio-Economic and Cultural Risk Factors That Drive Corruption: A Focus on the ‘Supply Side’ of the Equation

This is the last installment of my three party series regarding Occupational Fraud. One can never lose focus on what I consider the key question as they enter or play within the international arena: What are the...more

Socio-Economic and Cultural Risk Factors That Drive Corruption”: A Focus on the ‘Demand Side’ of the Equation

Yesterday we discussed Occupational Fraud and how, according to the ACFE, survey participants estimated that the typical organization loses 5% of its revenues to fraud each year. Applied to the 2011 Gloss World Product, the...more

Rolls-Royce Brings in Lord Gold – Is it Thinking Big Enough?

In December 2012 the BBC online service reported that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited (Rolls-Royce) was in talks with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) regarding potential allegations of bribery and corruption in Indonesia and...more

Doing Business in Canada: Fraud Law

Advances in technology, telecommunications and electronic fund transfer have brought about a marked increase in the amount of fraud perpetrated across borders. While Canada is not immune from these developments, combating...more

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