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Lessons from History and a Best Practices Compliance Program

I am on assignment in Oxford on a two-week study course, focusing on the Tudors. For the first week we focused on Richard III to the end of Henry VIII’s reign. Although Richard III was not a Tudor, we began with him to study...more

Five Key Takeaways from Key Energy’s SEC FCPA Settlement

The SEC, last week, announced its $5 million settlement with Key Energy. As always, FCPA settlements contain important examples of enforcement priorities and policies. Key Energy’s recent settlement is an example of the...more

Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part III

This week I have been exploring the Key Energy, Inc. (Key Energy) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. Today, I want to consider the actions taken by Key Energy to obtain the very good resolution the...more

Farewell to R2D2 and Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part II

Yesterday I began a what I thought would be a two-part series on the Key Energy, Inc. (Key Energy) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. However (and as usual), I got carried away so today I will review the...more

Farewell to John Saunders and Welcome to Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part I

John Saunders died last week. He was a reporter at ESPN and the host of the Sunday talking heads show, the Sports Reporters. The tributes for Saunders came from far and wide. By all accounts, he was one of the most beloved...more

From Altamont to Airbus

What was one of the most tragic events in the history of rock and roll? High up on the list must rank the Altamont concert, held at Altamont Race Track on December 6, 1969. It was so bad that many people felt the 60s actually...more

FCPA Compliance: Does “Anything of Value” Really Mean “Anything of Value”?

The FCPA statute is not as vague as some contend. I remember the words of a former FTC Chairperson who told me once – “The Clayton Act is not vague. I just read the law and apply it to the facts.”...more

Headlines from Mid-Year FCPA Enforcement Review

Just to add my voice to the cottage industry surrounding FCPA enforcement and compliance, I wanted to take a deep breath and offer some observations on FCPA enforcement in 2016. There are a few significant headlines...more

DOJ and SEC Collect $22 Million from LAN Airlines for Conduct in Resolving Labor Dispute

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC announced parallel FCPA settlements totaling $22 million in fines, penalties and disgorgement against LAN Airlines, a Chile-based airline, for conduct in resolving a labor dispute...more

Shareholders Will Get to Trial in Petrobras Corruption Scandal Action

Yesterday I wrote about what may well be the next great bribery and corruption scandal across the globe involving the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). However, the current largest corruption...more

SBM Offshore N.V. signs five party $340M leniency agreement to resolve Petrobras bribery allegations in Brazil

SBM Offshore N.V. has reached a $340M settlement with both criminal and administrative prosecutors in Brazil to resolve allegations of bribery relating to the Petrobras scandal, the first deal of its kind in Brazil and a...more

Red Flags Squelch Corrupt PDVSA Deal

As the Petrobras corruption scandal seems to be going strong, we turn our attention to what may be the most corrupt of all the national energy companies, the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA)....more

LATAM/LAN FCPA Enforcement Action, Part I-Some Questions

What is the cost of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation? One subset of that question is what is the cost of not cooperating and not remediating during the pendency of such investigations? Those were two of the...more

New Anti-Corruption Laws on the Health Care Sector in Germany: Is There Any Impact on the Food Industry?

Germany recently adopted new anti-corruption laws that now criminalize “taking bribes in the health care sector” and “giving bribes in the health care sector.” These new laws have implications for certain segments of the food...more

Farewell to Ralph Stanley and a Success in Repatriation

Yesterday I honored Scotty Moore, the lead guitarist for Elvis Presley, who died last week. Today I want to pay homage to another equally large giant from the world of music who recently died, Ralph Stanley. Stanley,...more

Federal and State Public Official Prosecutions Intertwined

For everyone who makes a living trying to influence – or just to understand – state public policy, the most important Supreme Court decision of the year may have been one of the last decisions it issued. On the last day...more

Supreme Court Narrows Interpretation Of Federal Corruption Statute

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, narrowing the definition of an “official act” in federal corruption cases. McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474 (2016)....more

Supreme Court unanimously overturns public corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor: routine political courtesies such...

In a highly anticipated decision, on June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court narrowed the definition of “official acts,” making it substantially more difficult for the Justice Department to prosecute bribery and other public...more

The Only Thing You Have to Fear . . . Is No Documentation

Compliance is a profession that requires multi-tasking – another profound grasp of the obvious. But in the multi-tasking world, some principles and strategies are more important than others. My colleague and...more

UK Bribery Act – 5 lessons in 5 years: No. 4 – International Hurdles

The SFO has spread its wings. It has visibly increased its efforts to investigate companies for bribery and corruption offences and in the last year it has had success with a new weapon: the Section 7 UK Bribery Act...more

Battle of the Somme Week – Part I: The Analogic FCPA Enforcement Action

I have not written much in honor of the centennial of the First World War (WWI). However this week I will to remedy this oversight by focusing on the Battle of the Somme, leading up to the first day of the long battle, which...more

Guest Post from Patrick Henz — Compliance Indicators

Most compliance presentations and documents mention at some point the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI), as it is by far the best known corruption index. Of course, unlike weight, temperature or...more

What’s in the Envelope? Do You Need to Worry?

Real estate investment involves many risks that real estate investment managers and owners are familiar with. These range from “micro” risks, such as tenant disputes and defective property maintenance to “macro risks” such as...more

If I could turn back prosecutorial time...

The case of R v AIL, GH and RH, one of the first the Court of Appeal has considered in 2016, is an interesting one from the perspective of all white-collar crime practitioners. The Court of Appeal had to consider whether it...more

The Damaging Myth of the Rogue Employee

As long as 24 years ago, Lynn S. Paine wrote about the myth of the rogue employee in the Harvard Business Review (HBR), in an article entitled “Managing for Organizational Integrity”. In this article she wrote, “executives...more

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