Compliance Dept. of Justice Anti-Corruption

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 -
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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

Tailoring Your Anti Corruption Program to a Risk Assessment [Video]

The Department of Justice and the SEC have emphasized the importance of designing an anti-corruption compliance program based on a company's risk assessment. An effective program has to be tailored to the specific risks...more

Code of Conduct, Compliance Policies and Procedures-Part I

For the remainder of this week, I will have a four-part episode on your Code of Conduct and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures. In today’s post I will review the underlying legal and statutory basis for the...more

Court of Appeals Hands Down Landmark FCPA Ruling Defining the Term “Instrumentality”

Federal appellate court decisions interpreting the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) are rare. Very rare. Indeed, in the statute’s 36-year history there have been barely more than a handful of appellate court decisions...more

DOJ and SEC Representatives Tackle Pressing Anti-Corruption Issues in 2014

On March 20th and 21st, U.S. regulators, practioners, and other anti-corruption industry professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Second Annual Global Anti-Corruption Congress. The Congress featured speakers,...more

Alstom: The Next Poster Child For Anti-Corruption Enforcement

You can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes. We all know that. In our FCPA world, we have a new poster child for blundering – Alstom. The handwriting is on the wall – as time goes on, the Justice Department is...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

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

The FCPA And Fight Against Terrorism

I admit it took me awhile to finally get it. I have long wondered what could have caused the explosion in Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices...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

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—A Look Back at 2012 and 2013

Over the last two years, enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) has remained a priority of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). That emphasis is likely to...more

We Mean What We Say – FCPA Enforcement Begins The Year With A Bang

Gone are the days when everyone wondered whether FCPA enforcement was slowing down. The Justice Department and the SEC have answered that question with a resounding statement – “We are here to stay.”...more

The FCPA Person Of The Year – The Prosecutor

To continue a “tradition” on Corruption Crime and Compliance, I like to end the year with recognition of the “person of the year,” referring to the institution which has had the most impact in the enforcement and compliance...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 31-the FCPA Year in Review, Corporate Enforcement Actions [Video]

In this episode, I review the corporate FCPA enforcement actions of 2013. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 30-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 2 [Video]

This episode 30 is Part 2 of my interview with the FCPA Professor. ...more

Keep Your Hand On The Control

I am continually amazed at the seemingly disparate current events which provide tangible lessons for the compliance practitioner. In an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled “Hearings on San Francisco Crash Set to...more

The Rogue Employee Myth: Prevention And Detection In A FCPA Compliance Program

I cannot think of any criminal enforcement actions against a corporation involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) where there was a lone wolf employee engaging in bribery and corruption on his or her own. There...more

Red Notice Newsletter - December 2013

Introduction - Welcome to the December 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, an oil services giant agrees to pay over a quarter...more

Weatherford International Reaches $253M Settlement with the DOJ, SEC, OFAC, and BIS

I. Introduction - On November 26, 2013, Weatherford International (“Weatherford” or “the Company”), an oil-field services company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange, agreed to pay $253 million in criminal and...more

Pack Your Bags: SEC And DOJ To Intensify The Spotlight On The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Comments made by Kara N. Brockmeyer, the Securities Exchange Commission’s chief of the Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) unit, and Charles E. Duross, deputy chief of the Department of Justice’s FCPA unit, at the recent...more

DOJ and SEC Officials Outline Considerations for Companies’ Internal Investigations

Companies all over the globe are increasingly aware of the record number of corporate criminal enforcement actions brought in recent years by enforcement authorities to combat corruption, and many companies now are also...more

Senior U.S. Officials Discuss FCPA Enforcement Trends and Activity

Regulators speaking at the American Conference Institute’s 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act tout large penalties, enhanced international cooperation, and a renewed focus on individual...more

Fine Tuning Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program [Video]

Summary: In this era of aggressive FCPA enforcement, companies are adopting anti-corruption compliance programs. The Department of Justice and the SEC have warned companies against adopting "paper compliance programs" without...more

Just Say Yes To The Compliance Defense

Ed. Note – this week, I am pleased to join my colleagues David Simon, partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, and William ‘Bill’ C. Athanas, partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, in a tripartite debate on the efficacy of the...more

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