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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

SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute – Eugene Soltes and How Compliance Programs Works

by Thomas Fox on

The first full day of the SCCE 2017 Compliance and Ethics Institute (CEI) featured a talk by Eugene Soltes, an associate professor at Harvard Business School and author of “Why They Do It”. For this book Soltes spent over...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

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Joint Venture Risks Under the FCPA

by Thomas Fox on

Just as the FCPA enforcement field is covered with actions centering around mergers and acquisitions, there are multiple actions involving joint ventures (JVs). JVs continue to plague many US companies up to this day. In many...more

Anti-Corruption Update: A Global Perspective

by Bryan Cave on

Anticorruption conventions and legislation have global reach and introduce compliance demands on companies to prevent bribery. If your business operates on the global market, there is a risk that your employees or...more

Steering the course – navigating bribery and corruption risk in private equity investments: Part 3

by Hogan Lovells on

Identifying Bribery and Corruption risk in the context of private equity investments (and M&A more generally) is key to ensuring the value of an acquisition. Companies will busy themselves with due diligence on tax,...more

Thaler Wins the Nobel Prize and Informs Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

Richard H. Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economics yesterday. Binyamin Appelbaum, reporting in a New York Times (NYT) a piece entitled, “Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler”, wrote that “Thaler, whose work has...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

Unintended Consequences: Ex-U.S. Activities Impacting U.S. Federal Health Care Business

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Given the uptick in global awareness and enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption laws, most health care companies are attuned to the risks associated with legal infractions caused by ex-U.S. activities. However, ex-U.S....more

Day 5 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Pre-Acquisition Risk Assessment

by Thomas Fox on

One of the clearest themes from the 2012 FCPA Guidance was around the importance of your pre-acquisition work in any merger or acquisition on a target company. In the section on Declinations, the 2012 FCPA Guidance provided...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 350, Linda Justice and Her Nancy Drew Approach

by Thomas Fox on

Linda Justice brings Nancy Drew to your side to fill all those knowledge gaps in your pursuit of clients. Using her technical background in corporate investigations, she brings experience to business development, strategic...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

We Can Ignore This French Sapin II Law, Right?

by Bryan Cave on

Wrong. The law Sapin II (Law 2016-1691 of 27 December 2016) has been in force for several months, but the consultation draft of the guidelines is not expected to be issued by the Agence Française Anti-corruption (AFA) (French...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

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 55, the Telia FCPA Enforcement Action

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the Telia FCPA enforcement action. It is the largest FCPA fine ever, coming in at $965MM. The breadth and scope of Telia’s illegal conduct was about as far-ranging as...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

Compliance Lessons From Burner Phones

by Thomas Fox on

Hunter S. Thompson once said that when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. It turns out that amateurs can get weird too. The University of Mississippi football program, which is under a self-imposed postseason ban and...more

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