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In Due Diligence and World Cup Bids: Follow the Money

For those watching the 2104 World Cup, this year’s tournament has certainly been spectacular, from the US reaching the round of 16, the incredible goals scored by Robbie Van Persie and Tim Cahill, to yesterday’s heartbreak...more

12 Tips for an Effective Due Diligence Program for Third Parties

In an evolving global economy, expanding business opportunities often lead to more complex supply channels and business relationships that can increase corruption risks and burden efforts to comply with the applicable laws...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 65-World Cup Report-Part I [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, Episode 65 is out. In this episode, I begin a 4 part World Cup series with Mike Brown, Managing Director of Infortal. In this episode we discuss bribery and corruption of referees and...more

Canadian businesses need a whistleblower hotline

Ernst & Young's Global Fraud Survey has one in five Canadian executives believing that corrupt practices, including bribery, happen regularly in this country....more

Case Bulletin: R v Karigar, 2014 ONSC 3093

For the first time in Canada, an individual has been sentenced to jail time for bribing a foreign public official. The three-year penitentiary sentence was handed down by the Ontario Court of Justice under the Corruption of...more

May Flowers for GSK? The Corruption Investigation Deepens

April showers bring May flowers, at least that is the old truism. One place it is decidedly correct is at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which began its run as one of the, if not the greatest, annual flower shows in the world...more

Cisco and Russia — Perils of Corruption in Russia

Cisco’s 2009 audits concerning its operations in Russia revealed that its interactions with the state-owned company, Svyazinvest and local resellers, could not be “verified.” An interesting phraseology to say the least,...more

Eleventh Circuit Adopts Broad Definition of Government "Instrumentality" in Recent FCPA Case - Ruling Underscores the Need to...

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) makes it unlawful for a person or company to provide money or anything of value to any foreign official in order to obtain or retain business or to acquire an improper business...more

Building a Next-Generation Anti-Bribery & Corruption Compliance Program

Global companies face unprecedented third party risk in today’s landscape — third parties are involved in 90% of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases, and more companies are under investigation than ever before in the...more

Tales From The Crypt - Rule No. 10 – There Is No “I(Ntegrity)” In Team - Part I

Ed. Note-today we begin a two-part series from the Two Tough Cookies about some of the toughest choices a compliance practitioner may face. As important as this message is for the compliance practitioner, I hope that this...more

China’s Aggressive Enforcement Of Domestic Corruption Laws

Last year, when Chinese officials launched a broad prosecution of GSK and other drug companies for bribery, multinational companies shivered in fear. Company officials were worried that they could fall under Chinese law...more

DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction

Enacted in 1977 in response to the revelation of widespread bribery of foreign officials by U.S. companies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA” or “the Act”) was “intended to halt those corrupt practices, create a level...more

HP, Three Subsidiaries Pay $108 Million To Settle FCPA Charges

The Russian, Polish and Mexican subsidiaries of Hewlett-Packard Company resolved criminal FCPA charges with the Department of Justice while the parent corporation settled with the SEC. ZAO Hewlett-Packard A.O., or HP Russia,...more

Marubeni Gets Hit Again for FCPA Violations - DOJ Says the Company Did Not Voluntarily Disclose the Conduct and Refused to...

In a courtroom in New Haven, Connecticut, on March 19, 2014, Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni), a storied Japanese trading company headquartered in Tokyo, pleaded guilty to an eight-count criminal information charging Marubeni...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

What Happens In Ecuador Does Not Stay In Ecuador

In last week’s decision in Chevron v. Donziger, the court enjoined the enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental pollution, alleged to have been caused by its predecessor,...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2014

This month on the anticorruption front, a New York court orders two former Siemens executives to pay record civil penalties in a bribery case involving the company’s Argentina business; Canada prosecutes former executives...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

New Report Reveals Global Impact of Economic Crime

Economic crime is increasingly impacting global businesses according to a recent report from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Globalization and growing reliance on technology and online processes are...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

Once You Start Bribing – I Guess It Is Hard To Stop

News came out last week that chiropractor Stephen Jacobs of Lowell, MA is in hot water with the feds. Dr. Jacobs allegedly paid an IRS auditor $5,000 in cash to ignore two deductions he improperly took on this 2011 income...more

UK FCA Issues First Fine Under New Anti-Money Laundering Regime

Financial Conduct Authority fines Standard Bank £7.6 million for failures in its anti-money laundering controls, underlining the importance of both having and implementing adequate policies in relation to money laundering....more

How to Accurately Identify the Corrupt Intent Behind Bribery: Real Life Cases, Anti-Bribery Training

As I mentioned in my last blog, FCPA expert Tom Fox was recently asked in an interview by Corporate Compliance Insights to define the criteria for what constitutes a bribe under the FCPA. He outlined three key criteria: Is...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

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