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Books And Records Flexes Its Muscles

FCPA practitioners pick through the pages and words underlying FCPA enforcement actions to look for clues, for new policies and government strategies. It is a worthwhile process – the government sends important messages in...more

Stretching The FCPA: The Danger Of The Oracle Case

My good friend and mentor, Judge Sporkin, is not shy nor bashful about his views on the FCPA. When he heard about DOJ’s undercover sting in the Shot Show case, he scoffed, “What a mistake! ...more

Limiting The FCPA’s Reach — Squaring Two Recent Decisions

You can always count on the FCPA paparazzi. When things are quiet in the FCPA world, they will take a mountain and turn it into a molehill. They have nothing better to write about; they have nothing better to focus on then...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

Distributors under the FCPA

If there was ever a question that distributors were covered under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), in 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made it emphatically clear that...more

The HP Acquisition of Autonomy – Lessons Learned for Doing Compliance ‘By the Book’

Doing something ‘by the book’ means more than following a process. It means following that process during high stress times. One of the things that I think gets missed when discussing compliance programs is the need for rigor...more

Canadian Government Announces Proposed Amendments to Anticorruption Law

Amendments aim to improve enforcement of Canadian foreign corruption law by expanding jurisdiction, creating a books and records offense, eliminating the facilitation payments exception, redefining "business" and enforcement...more

Canada Gets Tough On Corruption

In the wake of recent anti-corruption cases brought against two Canadian companies, the Government of Canada has signaled its continuing commitment to fight foreign corruption by proposing significant amendments to the...more

Canada Redoubles Efforts at Combating Foreign Bribery and Corruption: Officers and Directors of Canadian Businesses Warned to...

Within days of successfully imposing a fine in the amount of $10.3 million against Griffiths Energy pursuant to the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), the Canadian government announced on February 5,...more

The FCPA Guidance And Accounting Controls

When Judge Sporkin, the father of the FCPA, assisted Senator William Proxmire in the drafting of the FCPA, he advised Senator Proxmire that a “books and records” provision was all that was needed to address the problem of...more

Canada Moves to Strengthen Anti-Bribery Legislation

On February 5, 2013, the government of Canada announced important amendments to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). It is expected that the amendments, which are being introduced in the Senate, will be...more

No Knowledge, but Hints of Omissions in the Allianz FCPA Settlement

On December 17, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a settlement under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) with Allianz SE (“Allianz”), the insurance company based in Germany, resulting...more

Allianz To Pay $12.3M To Settle SEC’s Bribery Allegations

On December 17, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that Allianz SE ("Allianz"), a German-based insurance and asset management company, had agreed to pay approximately $12.3 million to settle...more

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