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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 -
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Implementing Compliance Incentives In Your Company

Several readers have asked why I have not written anything about the Houston Astros this year. The answer is two-fold. The first is that I really do not care. However, the more I thought about it, the real reason is that they...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Activity: 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Preview

The 2013 calendar year saw several significant developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) combined...more

FCPA Snapshot – 2013

SUMMARY - Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity in 2013 was robust, with DOJ and the SEC bringing 31 new FCPA enforcement actions, exceeding 2012’s total of 25. Total penalties amounted to more than...more

From FCPA to Export Compliance: Avoiding the Slippery Slope to a Compliance Violation

The second half of 2013 saw the continued expansion of FCPA enforcement by the DOJ and the SEC. The decrease in the scope of protections afforded to whistleblowers will lead to an increase in the number of FCPA potential...more

The Importance Of A Risk Assessment

Sometimes people operate with blinders. I don’t mean to suggest that people deliberately put blinders on to ignore issues – they sort of just grow into a person’s personality....more

Merger And Acquisition Due Diligence And Voluntary Disclosures

The Justice Department and the SEC continue the drumbeat encouraging companies to voluntarily disclose potential FCPA violations. Of course, the reason for their position is obvious – they want to know about every violation,...more

2014 Trends: #10 Expanding Use of DPAs and NPAs

The day has arrived. Today we’ll cover our last trend to watch in 2014: DPA and NPA use expanding. Since they were first used in 2000, the U.S. DOJ has disclosed 257 Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) and Non-Prosecution...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

Three Keys To An Effective Disciplinary Program

The Justice Department and the SEC have underscored the importance of a company maintaining a clear disciplinary process so that executives, managers and employees are aware that a violation of the corporate code of conduct...more

"Government Enforcement: Aggressive Efforts Continue Around the Globe"

Government enforcement efforts in 2013 produced major settlements of matters relating to the global financial crisis, high-profile insider trading convictions, near-record amounts of FCPA settlements, and new pledges of...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

DOJ And SEC Award Significant Credit For Remediation During Investigation

The Justice Department and the SEC have consistently preached the importance of remediation – that is, efforts by companies to address compliance deficiencies during the pendency of an investigation. In 2013, DOJ and SEC...more

DOJ, SEC Announce Anti-Bribery Enforcement Actions Against U.S. Metals Firm

On January 9, the SEC and the DOJ announced the resolution of parallel FCPA enforcement actions against a major U.S. extractive industries firm and one of its subsidiaries. The actions related to improper payments to...more

Each Case Is Unique – Drawing Lessons From Opinion Release 13-01

“Each case turns on its own facts.” How many times have you heard a representative of the Department of Justice (DOJ) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) make that statement at a conference or other public event?...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

Mandatory Training for Third Parties – Effective or Protective?

What is the risk? Third-party liability for contractors, resellers, agents and supply chain partners is an issue that continues to bedevil corporations who need or choose to use third parties. The headlines and DOJ/SEC...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

A New Approach To Compliance: “Informed” Risk And Resource Allocation

The compliance field has had an incredible five years. From backwater offices and responsibilities, CCOs are now taking a seat at senior management tables to provide important risk-based assessments and policies to enhance...more

Insider Trading Annual Review - 2013

Looking Back - 2013 witnessed several long-anticipated developments in the world of insider trading, punctuating another year of aggressive enforcement in the United States and abroad. After years of pursuit, the...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

FCPA Predictions For The New Year – 2014

The new year — 2014 — will continue with aggressive FCPA enforcement, prosecutions of individuals (retrospective and prospective cases, with some interesting twists along the way. Each year is different in one way or...more

More On The ADM FCPA Settlement

Last week, in a post entitled “Supermarket to the World – The ADM FCPA Enforcement Action”, I reviewed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Compliant brought in connection with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...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

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