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Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -

Deputy Attorney General Announces Comprehensive Review of DOJ Corporate Enforcement Policies

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Key Points: - DOJ is reviewing and reevaluating numerous corporate enforcement policies, including the “Yates Memo,” the FCPA Pilot Program, and policies on corporate monitors. - Policies will be codified in official...more

The Halliburton FCPA Enforcement Action - Lessons for Chief Compliance Officers on Internal Controls Failures

by Thomas Fox on

One takeaway of the Halliburton-Sonangol FCPA enforcement action? Trust but verify....more

Breaking Down the 2017 DOJ and OIG Compliance Guides

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Earlier this year, DOJ and OIG independently issued guides focused on evaluating compliance program effectiveness. The guides approach the topic from different perspectives but cover overlapping themes and work well in...more

An Exploration of Soft Skills in Remediation for the Chief Compliance Officer

by Thomas Fox on

Many have focused on the more technical aspects of the remediation component of a potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance violation. I wanted to explore the soft skills that a CCO must use, both internally and...more

Farewell to The Hawk – Fair and Consistent Application of Discipline

by Thomas Fox on

In the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation), Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System – Consistent Application – Have the disciplinary actions...more

Whatever Happened to the FCPA’s Foreign Conduct Requirement - How the FCPA is Being Used to Police Domestic Conduct and Internal...

As its name implies, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) was designed to prevent U.S. companies from engaging in foreign bribery. The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”),...more

Where O’ Where Did Our Monitors Go? — The Telia Bribery Case

by Michael Volkov on

Just when everyone was anticipating the beginning of an uptick in FCPA enforcement in 2017, the Justice Department and the SEC delivered a resounding message to remind everyone that FCPA enforcement is here to stay. However,...more

Lessons for Compliance Officers from Hurricane Harvey and Other Historic Weather-Related Events

by Thomas Fox on

Lessons for the corporate compliance professional from Hurricane Harvey and other weather-related disasters....more

The Fraud Triangle, Rationalizations and Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

The fraud triangle is well-known to most compliance practitioners. Its third sides are pressure, opportunity and rationalization. When these three factors converge, there is danger of an ethical lapse which could lead to...more

Tribute To Gogos – New Corruption Scandal In College Sports

by Thomas Fox on

October is my annual Classic Monster Movie month tribute. I recognize it is not yet October but I wanted to begin a bit early this year as September saw the passing of Basil Gogos. He was the prime illustrator for the...more

Day 20: What Does Innovation in Compliance Look Like?

by Thomas Fox on

As I end this section on innovation, I want to conclude by laying out a road map which allows a CCO or compliance practitioner to make more effective and better operationalize a corporate compliance program. With the DOJ’s...more

Telia FCPA Enforcement Action: Part IV – Getting Some Monies Back

by Thomas Fox on

I have spent the past few blog posts reviewing the many lessons that can be garnered by the compliance practitioner from the Telia Company AB (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) resolution. However, there is one...more

The Telia FCPA Resolution: Part III – The Individuals

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my exploration of the Telia Company AB (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action and the parallel actions. Today I will consider the individuals who have been criminally indicted in Sweden and...more

DOJ And SEC Bring Major FCPA Enforcement Actions Against Swedish Telecom Firm, Imposing One Of Largest FCPA Penalties In History

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced significant enforcement actions against Telia Company AB, a Swedish telecommunications firm, for alleged...more

In the Third-Largest FCPA Enforcement Action Ever, Telia Agrees to Pay Almost $1 Billion to Resolve Bribery Inquiry in Uzbekistan;...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In the first blockbuster FCPA action of the Trump administration, on September 21, 2017, Swedish telecommunications company Telia agreed to pay $965 million in total penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and...more

The Telia FCPA Resolution: Part II – The Bribery Schemes

by Thomas Fox on

Over the next few blog posts, I will be exploring the resolution and what lessons the compliance practitioner can draw from the Telia Company Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, (FCPA) enforcement action, the parallel actions and...more

The Telia FCPA Resolution, Part I

by Thomas Fox on

While the resolution of the Telia Company (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matter has long been awaited, the results announced yesterday by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission...more

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative Creates Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges

In a time of shifting opinions on the benefits of globalization, China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative (OBOR) offers an unexpected bright spot for multinational companies able and willing to participate in this...more

Book Review: The Chickenshit Club

by Thomas Fox on

To my mind the most significant and important book that every Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), General Counsel (GC) and compliance practitioner needs to read is The Chickenshit Club by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jesse...more

Diwali: An Opportune Time for an Anti-Corruption Compliance Reminder

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This year, India celebrates Diwali on October 19, 2017. “The Festival of Lights,” as Diwali (or Deepavli) is commonly called, is celebrated across India with great aplomb, joy and, of course, delicious sweets. Diwali...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - September 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Keeping ahead of global anti-corruption trends is critical in today’s business markets. The Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest, which puts global trends at your fingertips, puts you ahead. The deep experience of the Dorsey...more

The Week in FCPA-Episode 67, the Post Harvey Edition

by Thomas Fox on

After a two week absence, Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories which happened while we were off, including: 1. Retired U.S. Army colonel, Joseph Baptiste...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2017 Mid-Year Update

by BakerHostetler on

The first half of 2017 has been eagerly anticipated following the record-setting year in 2016 for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement by both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and...more

Soft Skills in Remediation: Part V – Post Resolution

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude my five-part series on the soft skills a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) needs to employ when working through the remediation component of a potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance violation. I...more

DOJ's FCPA Pilot Program is Alive and Well: Two Superior Results in Declinations for Linde Gas and CDM Smith

by Thomas Fox on

Companies have a clear road map to resolve substantive FCPA violations with no criminal penalty. ...more

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