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Na-Nu Na-Nu – Final Report to Ork From Mork – Information from FCPA Inquiries

A Venezuelan company, Derwick Associates (Derwick), are under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Derwick was reported to have been “awarded hundreds of millions of...more

Beyond Switzerland: Preparing for the Fallout from FATCA and Other Global Transparency Initiatives

You have implemented FATCA; what comes next? Will your company be the next witness in a US tax investigation? Financial institutions around the world must now prepare to respond to anticipated inquiries and investigations as...more

Building an Anti Corruption Compliance Program Practical Steps 2 18 14, 9 02 AM [Video]

Companies face many risks in the anti-corruption enforcement arena. With the growing globalization of anti-corruption enforcement, companies are responding quickly by enhancing their anti-corruption compliance...more

Where to Now St. Peter? – Due Diligence Going Forward in China

Whatever you might think of where his career went, Elton John had some great early stuff. I still rank Tumbleweed Connection right up there as one of my favorite albums of all-time. And while it was packed with some great...more

Nixon Announces Resignation; GSK Just Resigns

Next week, Shanghai’s No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court is scheduled to open a trial against Peter William Humphrey, a 58-year-old British national, and his wife, Yu Yingzeng, a 61-year-old American, on charges of illegally...more

Theme from Shaft and Continuous Improvement of Your Compliance Program, Part I

You should keep track of external and internal events that may cause change to business process, policies and procedures. Some examples are new laws applicable to your business organization and internal events driving changes...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part III

Today I conclude my three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with a review of the post-acquisition phase. Previously many compliance practitioners had based decisions in...more

BNP: A Window Into A Systemic Compliance Breakdown

BNP Paribas’ recent settlement of nearly $9 billion for violating US Sanctions against Sudan, Iran and other countries is another important achievement for the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and the...more

Compliance in the C-Suite

The ongoing debate whether certain executives are “too big to jail” misses the most important trend in corporate governance – namely, that criminal conduct is rising in the C-Suite. Viewed from a broad perspective, since...more

A Chilling Message: Prosecuting Chief Compliance Officers

As Chief Compliance Officers rise in the corporate hierarchy, they will become the focus of more enforcement actions. This increased focus on prosecution of CCOs could have a chilling effect on their performance and the...more

Questioning The Caremark Standard

The Justice Department’s aggressive enforcement program has had a profound impact on corporate governance. As a consequence, the last there has been a significant change in emphasis in the C-Suite, among general counsel and...more

Corporate Compliance Officers Face Threat of Civil Monetary Penalties and Criminal Prosecution for Institutional AML Deficiencies

While financial institutions have long faced the possibility of civil monetary penalties and criminal prosecution for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and its implementing regulations, found at 31 C.F.R. Chapter X,...more

For Wall Street Fraudsters, Business As Usual

John F. Kennedy once quoted Dante: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Unfortunately, on Wall Street, maintaining neutrality — or feigned...more

Kroll Anti-Bribery & Corruption Benchmarking Report: 58% of Organizations Give No Anti-Bribery Training to Third Party Vendors?!

Another one of my favorite sessions at Compliance Week featured Lonnie Keene from Kroll and Matt Kelly of Compliance Week presenting the 2014 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report. It’s a very thorough report and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 64-Managing the Third Party Relationship Under the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode I continue my review of the five steps of managing third parties under the FCPA. In this part II, I discuss steps 3-5....more

The Mann Gulch Fire and How Far Down the Chain Do You Need to Go?

Robert Sallee died last week. A smoke jumper, he was the last survivor of the Mann Gulch Fire, one of the worst disasters in the history of the US Forest Service. Sallee’s story and that of the Mann Gulch Fire was detailed in...more

3 Basic Steps to Improving the Effectiveness of Anti-Bribery Training

To say anti-bribery training is important is one huge understatement. It continues to be one of the key elements in any effective or any best practices compliance program. The US Sentencing Guidelines contains clear language:...more

Miners Triumph And Opinion Release 14-01

On this date in 1966, the Texas Western University (now UTEP) Miners won the NCAA Basketball Championship, beating the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Now the first round has not even started by March 19, but it is not the...more

Want to Keep the DOJ Away? Get Clear Anti-Corruption Policies and Good, Interactive Employee Compliance Training

Two of the key components of any best practices compliance regime under any anti-bribery and anti-corruption program are policies and training. Policies tie together a company, its business environment, the risks it faces and...more

For FCPA Compliance, Tone At The Top Key, Lack of Policies A Difficulty

The number of FCPA enforcement actions brought in recent years has declined. The SEC, for example, reports that in fiscal 2013 it brought 8 cases, compared to 10 in 2012 and 15 in 2011. Nevertheless, those who might be...more

Compliance Defense – The Movie

In honor of The Movie Channel’s annual 28 days of Oscar, the upcoming Academy Awards and inspired by Jay Rosen’s prior career and the FCPA Professor’s hypothetical discussion between a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and his...more

Internal Investigations: Doing One Can Be A Compliance Best Practice

The US Navy contract scandal took an interesting twist recently when one of its contractors, Inchcape Shipping Services, which had been suspended from doing business with the Navy for “conduct indicating questionable business...more

The Zen of Compliance Best Practices is Intrinsic and Ethics-Based

No compliance officer worth her salt would argue with this statement: “We strive to maintain an ethics-based organization.” But compliance teams, with all of the internal and external scrutiny, with all the regulations and...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance: Enhanced Elements Become The New Norm

The Department of Justice and the SEC have had a profound effect on corporate compliance programs. That is an understatement....more

Here We Come . . . Walking Down [Wall Street] – More “Aggressive” AML Enforcement On The Horizon

I always say that the government does not enforce the laws in secret – they tell business what they plan to do and then they carry it out. The announcement of an enforcement initiative is always followed by a series of press...more

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