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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

Just Say No: Refusing To Pay Bribes

I was never a big fan of the Reagan Administration’ solution to America’s drug problem – Just Say No. The phrase was a simple solution to a more complex problem, one that people now recognize as a health problem rather than...more

The General Motors Scandal: Risky Issues

The GM scandal is unfolding and provides important reminders for everyone involved in compliance and how to respond to a corporate scandal....more

Deemed Public Officials: A Potential Risk for US Companies in Japan

Japan is one of the lower-risk countries for US companies in terms of compliance issues involving bribery and corruption. Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index places Japan 18th out of 177...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – March 3, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Bribery Is Bribery

FCPA practitioners, commentators and yes, even the FCPA Paparazzi, all spend a lot of time discussing, analyzing and posing theoretical questions related to the legal issue of who is a “foreign official” under the FCPA. The...more

Where O’ Where Is The Board Of Directors?

If you trace the path of an FCPA violation inside an organization, at a minimum, you will see a path of lost opportunities, oversights and omissions. If you see anything different, you may be looking at a deliberate scheme...more

China Compliance Update: Commercial Bribery Risks Remain Very Real in China

The enactment of new legislation, as well as new and continuing investigations, demonstrates that Chinese regulators have not slowed down their efforts to ferret out corruption in the pharmaceutical sector and related...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

Shirley Temple And Excellence In FCPA Training Video

Today we honor one of the most interesting personalities of the 20th century, Shirley Temple, who died yesterday. She was probably the greatest child actress of all-time, being the lead grossing star for five straight years...more

The Simon-Sting Tour And New Information In Your Compliance Program

This past weekend I saw the first show in a multi-city tour by Sting and Paul Simon. I have never been a big Sting or Police fan but I am a huge Paul Simon fan, in all his musical incarnations. As it was their first show,...more

Crude Allegations: Corruption in the Energy Trading Sector

The world-wide energy trading sector, where traders match physical supply and demand of energy by purchasing, reselling, and moving commodities (crude oil and refined products, natural gas, coal, and even electricity) across...more

Political Law Briefing - February 2014

In this issue: - Note: You Can Still Tune-Up on Government Affairs Compliance - FPPC Goes After More Committees in Its "Dark Money" Case - Down But Not Out: IRS Cites Political Activity in Denying Groups...more

Executives: The Organization’s Gifts Policy Also Applies to You

Last week the Department of Justice formally charged ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife with illegally soliciting and accepting lavish gifts and entertainment as well as loans from the (now former) CEO of Star...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – February 3, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...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

The So-Called Re-Emergence Of Gifts, Meals And Entertainment As A Compliance Problem

Forgive me for taking the FCPA Paparazzi to task but when they deserve it, they deserve it. A quick diversion — I often am asked by fellow bar members and commenters if I am referring to them as being a member of the...more

Naval Theorists And The Measurement Of Compliance

If are interested in naval history, strategy and tactics, I have a question for you: Are you a disciple of Alfred Mahan or Julian Corbett? If you are a Mahanian, you probably focus on large naval engagements or the great...more

Business Gifts

Business courtesies are an important way to cement good working relationships between those who do business together. Inappropriate gifts can have negative consequences for your organization and business partner...more

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

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

The 2013 FCPA Year In Review - Corporate Enforcement Actions

In my final post of 2013, I reviewed all of the individual Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions which occurred in the past year. In this first post of 2014, I review all the corporate enforcement actions in 2013....more

Individual FCPA Enforcement Actions In 2013

This year had the largest number of individual Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions since 2010, the year of the Gun Sting case. Here are the highlights of FCPA related enforcement actions against...more

Supermarket To The World – The ADM FCPA Enforcement Action

Last week, it was announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it had settled an enforcement action with Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM). The DOJ resolved a criminal...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

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