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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

Looking Back on Johnny Winter and GSK’s 2001 China Bribery Scandal

Interestingly, there was an article in the Financial Times (FT) by Demetri Sevastopulo and Andrew Ward, entitled “GSK admits to 2001 Chinese bribery scandal”, which reported that the UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline...more

Gehrig’s Streak Ends And Compliance Week 2014 Is Near

Today we celebrate greatness in two areas. The first is in baseball as on this day in 1939, “New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig benches himself for poor play ending his streak of consecutive games played at 2,130....more

Joan Fontaine And The Evolution Of Compensation Issues In A Compliance Program

Compliance programs evolve just as the thinking on best practices has changed over the past few years. One of the areas that has not received as much attention in compliance programs is the amount of compensation paid to...more

US China Trade War–Developments Trade, Customs, Patents, US/China Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, Customs fraud, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. I have just returned from a trip of more than 2 weeks in China. While in China, we discussed US...more

Of Princelings And Princess-lings – Does Their Employment Have Corrupt Intent?

There was an excellent article this weekend in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Finance: Plugged Into the Party”, where reporters Henry Sender and Tom Mitchell explored the hiring of sons and daughters of Chinese...more

The Miami Dolphins-A Code Red For Compliance

Tom Cruise: Did you order a Code Red? Jack Nicolson: You’re G__D__ right I ordered a Code Red. The above lines were spoken in the movie version of “A Few Good Men”. If there was ever one scene which demonstrated...more

Where Else? JP Morgan Chase Investigation Into Hiring Practices Expands

One of the most dreaded questions in any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation is: Where Else? By this I mean that if you have a systemic failure of internal controls in one geographic area it may well be that...more

The Global Anti-Corruption Perspective - October 2013

CHINA’S NEW WAVE OF REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT: WHAT MULTINATIONALS NEED TO KNOW - Since Xi Jiping became China’s leader this year, the PRC has seen the launch of an unprecedented, sweeping government campaign to tackle...more

Former Maxwell Technologies Executive Indicted On FCPA Charges

On October 15, the DOJ filed an indictment against a Swiss national and former executive at Maxwell Technologies—a U.S.-based energy storage and power-delivery company—for alleged violations of the FCPA. The DOJ claims that...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 15-GSK in China: a Game Changer in Compliance [Video]

In this Episode 15, I am interviewed by Mary Flood about my recent eBook, GSK in China: a Game Changer in Compliance. I believe that this case will be one of the most significant international anti-corruption developments in...more

1066 And All That: Why The International Fight Against Corruption?

If there is one event in history of Western Civilization which could be said to be a true turning point, today is the anniversary of one of the very top echelon. On this date in 1066, William the Conqueror defeated Harold II,...more

Star Trek Premiers And Hiring Practices Under The FCPA

Today is the 46th anniversary of the premier episode of the most iconic science fiction related television show during my lifetime – Star Trek. I am a self-confessed uber-trekkie and I can still remember watching the first...more

The Harvest Moon Will Shine A Light On Compliance

The Harvest Moon is generally considered to be the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox; the day in the fall when night and day are most equal in length. In folklore, the Harvest Moon was a symbol of fruitfulness allowing...more

Dancing Around The Edges: Renewed Focus On Gifts And Hospitality

A confident person is willing to admit a mistake. ...more

GSK In China: A Game Changer for Compliance

The allegations of bribery and corruption by the UK company GlaxoSmithKline are a true game changer for the compliance world. This is the first time that the Chinese have enforced their domestic anti-corruption laws against...more

All In The Family: Enforcement Focus On Hiring Of Relatives Of Foreign Officials

Can you imagine being the public relations director for China these days?...more

Fraudulent Receipts Pose Risks for Multinationals Operating in China

Multinational companies operating in the country should adapt their compliance programs in light of the risk of civil and criminal penalties. Fraudulent official receipts — or "fapiao"(the Chinese word for an official...more

The Films Of Satyajit Ray And The GSK China Investigation: Both Game-Changers

If you are in London this week, I might suggest that you drop by the British Film Institute (BFI), which is celebrating the work of the Indian film maker, Satyajit Ray....more

Board Of Directors And Doing Business In China Under The FCPA

The case of GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) is still resonating across the corporate globe....more

The Grim Reaper, GlaxoSmithKline And The Death Knell For The Compliance Defense

The addition of a compliance defense has raised its head again in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) commentariat....more

Observations on a Milestone Bribery Investigation and Increased Scrutiny of Foreign Companies in China

The Chinese government’s recent crackdown on alleged bribery and corruption of local officials by multinational pharmaceutical companies could signal a broad trend toward elevated scrutiny of all foreign corporations...more

Show Me The Money – Employee Compensation To Prevent Bribery And Corruption

The GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) matter continues to resonate across the compliance world. ...more

Ten Required Steps To Ensure Effective Compliance Programs By Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Companies (Part III Of III)

In response to the Glaxo controversy and the continuing risks of aggressive FCPA enforcement, drug and device companies need to review and enhance their anti-corruption compliance programs. ...more

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