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This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another group of settled actions under its initiative regarding municipal bond underwriters. This time a group of fourteen actions were filed. Each centered largely on claims that the underwriter failed...more

First DPA in the U.K. Signals Britain is Serious About Bribery & Corruption

Late last year, ICBC Standard Bank Plc, a U.K.-based financial institution with operations around the world, agreed to pay a $37 million fine and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with British financial...more

Reflections on the SEC- FCPA Enforcement Action Against SAP

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement journey, which began last summer with the guilty plea of Vicente Garcia for the payment of bribes to obtain contracts in Panama for his employer, SAP International, ended...more

Digging Into Your Internal Controls

Corruption risks follow the money. If a company has effective controls over money, then the company has a good chance of mitigating corruption risks. A key indicator of a company’s internal controls is to ask if the...more

Strengthened Blacklist System For Enterprises Operating in China

China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) recently issued the Interim Measures for the Administration of the List of Dishonest Enterprises Committing Serious Violation of Laws (the “Interim Measures”),...more

Cooperation Yields No Penalty in SEC FCPA Settlement

The SEC filed another settled FCPA proceeding in which cooperation substantially mitigated the sanctions. Specifically, a monetary penalty was not imposed on the firm in view of its cooperation, although the company did not...more

All The Way with LBJ – How Midnight Voting Informs a Malaysian Corruption Scandal

The political season is finally upon us, with the Iowa Caucuses starting the race to the White House. In honor of this election cycle commencement, we pay tribute the long and time-honored Southern tradition of midnight...more

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Emphasizes Priority to Bring Enforcement Actions for Commercial Bribery under U.S....

Black’s Law Dictionary defines commercial bribery as “[a] form of corrupt and unfair trade practice in which an employee accepts a gratuity to act against the best interest of his employer.” Commercial bribery is illegal...more

The Sour Taste of Corruption: Part I

In July 2014 the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) confirmed that it had launched an investigation into allegations of bribery concerning a former employee of property surveyor Sweett Group. The former employee was based in the...more

Corruption and Foreign Government Institutions

The FCPA can create a very one-sided view of corruption. The bribe payer is punished and most times the recipient is not. The Justice Department has used creative approaches to ensnare recipients as in the Direct Partners...more

Data Analytics Week – Part V: Bribes on the Other Side of the Ledger and Best Practices Going Forward

I end my review of the types of data analysis that can be used to help detect or prevent bribery through the case studies from Joe Oringel, co-founder and Managing Director of Visual Risk IQ, a firm that helps audit and...more

Data Analytics Week – Part IV: Third Parties and Duplicate Invoices

I continue my exploration of the use of data analytics in a best practices compliance program. Today we look at how data analytics can be used to help detect or prevent bribery and corruption where the primary sales force...more

Data Analysis Week – Part III: Data Analysis to Prevent Employee Fraud

I continue my exploration of the use of data analytics in a best practices compliance program. Today we look at how data analytics can be used to help detect or prevent bribery and corruption where the primary sales force...more

Take It Easy – Ruminations on Corruption Scandals in International Sports

As I end my week’s exploration of the intersection of bribery and corruption in international sports, I have also ended a week of solid listening to The Eagles 1970s studio albums. In honor of Glenn Frey, I will also end this...more

2016 Trends #5: The Wide World of Sports

If 2016 is anything like last year, we can count on the world of sports to provide a variety of fodder for ethics and compliance discussions. Sports scandals now rival political and business ethics scandals as the...more

Alleged Bribes In Tennis – Why Reporting of Unethical Conduct is Critical

I continue my exploration of bribery and corruption in sports. Today we leave the world of track and field and enter the gentile realm of tennis where there have been recent reports of match fixing and attempted bribery....more

Fraud and Bribery: Segregation of Duties

Some things go together. Chocolate chip cookies and milk, Hepburn and Tracy, Lewis and Martin (I know, I am showing my age, but you get the point), and many other favorite combinations. So, you get the point – in the world of...more

Printing Company Fined £2.2 Million in United Kingdom for Africa Bribes

On January 8, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office announced that a printing company specializing in official documents such as election ballots was ordered to pay penalties totaling £2.2 million following its 2014...more

Bribery Requires – Money

I have to confess – I love the show Shark Tank. Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, is my favorite Shark. Mr. Wonderful often reminds the contestants and other Sharks that the central issue in considering business proposals is –...more

The IAAF – Corruption and Blackmail in Track and Field

I am back from a lovely week in Venice, with my new Matt Kelly imposed nickname of ‘FCPA-nerd’. One thing is certain when you go on vacation, the world of international bribery and corruption will continue unabated. Last week...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month, with links to primary...more

The Antitrust Leniency Model and FCPA Enforcement

I am always wary of simplistic policy proposals – often the simple idea to apply one policy to another subject matter, just does not work. Instead, policy debate will turn to the simple idea and how it can easily be applied...more

FIFA Ethics Committee Issues Eight-Year Bans to President and Vice President

On December 21, the FIFA Ethics Committee announced that it would ban its embattled President, Sepp Blatter, and Vice President, Michel Platini, from all football-related activities for eight years. The ban was imposed as a...more

Trending in 2016: Six Anticorruption Developments to Watch

With huge international scandals, such as those involving FIFA and Petrobras, dominating media coverage, bribery and corruption issues remained at the forefront for many throughout 2015. But what will the next year hold? ...more

FCPA Year for the DOJ in 2015

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) was a bit different in 2015 than the preceding years. Obviously the record fines and penalties of 2014 dropped considerably. Further, there...more

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