Compliance Dept. of Justice Bribery

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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Risk Assessments-the Cornerstone of Your Compliance Program, Part I

One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999, in the Metcalf & Eddy enforcement action, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that risk assessments...more

3 Depressing Conclusions in E&Y’s Global Fraud Report – More Anti-Bribery Training, Internal Controls Required

I just finished reading Ernst & Young’s “Growing Beyond: A Place For Integrity”, the company’s 12th Global Fraud Survey. It’s pretty sobering, but I’m trying to find some glimmers of hope in it. Don’t get me wrong; the...more

Does Your Company Still Allow Facilitation Payments?

One of the more confusing areas of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is in that of facilitation payments. Facilitation payments are small bribes but make no mistake about it, they are bribes....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

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 2013 FCPA Year In Review - Corporate Enforcement Actions

In my final post of 2013, I reviewed all of the individual Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions which occurred in the past year. In this first post of 2014, I review all the corporate enforcement actions in 2013....more

Individual FCPA Enforcement Actions In 2013

This year had the largest number of individual Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions since 2010, the year of the Gun Sting case. Here are the highlights of FCPA related enforcement actions against...more

Supermarket To The World – The ADM FCPA Enforcement Action

Last week, it was announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it had settled an enforcement action with Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM). The DOJ resolved a criminal...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

What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been – The Bilfinger FCPA Settlement

Earlier this week the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had resolved an ongoing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with German entity Bilfinger SE (Bilfinger). This case involved the same background facts and events...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

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

How Straight From The Lion’s Mouth Informs Your Hotline

The symbol of Venice is the Lion of St. Mark. The use of this symbol led to the maxim ‘straight from the lion’s mouth’. This adage came about because the Republic of Venice had its own hotline system where citizens could...more

New Risks Associated with Simultaneous U.S. FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act investigations

On November 20, 2013, during a panel presentation at the 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), current and former prosecutors from the United States and the United Kingdom discussed the...more

KISS And Compliance – Keep It Simple, Sunshine

One of the things that commentators incessantly complain about when it comes to the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by the Department of Justice (DOJ) is that there are still companies which violate...more

Honor Our Veterans And Compliance In The Supply Chain

Today is National Remembrance Day for Veterans who served their country and across the world. In the US we call it Veterans Day....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

News Corp As Corporate Suspect – Between Scylla And Charybdis?

Yesterday I used the lyrics from Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s song Karn Evil No. 9, First Impression, Pt. 2 - “Welcome Back My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends” as an entrée into the topic of the investigation of JP...more

A Prescriptive Guide To Third Party Risk Management

The recent examples of compliance program credits for Morgan Stanley and Ralph Lauren have demonstrated that, more than ever, an effective compliance program can protect a company from criminal indictment and generate bottom...more

The Glaxo-China Bribery Scandal: A New Policeman Walks The Beat

When it comes to allegations of foreign bribery, what a difference a week can make. Just over ten days ago, a new player in the world of international bribery – the Chinese Ministry of Public Security – announced that it was...more

Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases?

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA" or "the Act") prohibits bribery of foreign public officials in order to obtain or retain business. In addition to its anti-bribery provisions, the FCPA contains accounting provisions...more

Significant FCPA Enforcement Actions In 2013 – Corporate

Last week I used the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg as a prism to look at present day compliance issues. Today I want to go in a different direction to introduce today’s topic....more

Chinese Detain Pharmaceutical Company Managers in Economic Crime Probe

This week, reports have arisen that Chinese authorities in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Changsha detained high-level GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) managers as part of an investigation into potential “economic crimes.” The...more

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