Compliance The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

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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Communicating Culture Outside the US – Part 2

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Misconduct in the C-Suite: SEC Settles FCPA Case with CEO

The SEC is setting its sights on individual prosecutions. Both the Justice Department and the SEC have reiterated the importance of prosecuting individuals. DOJ’s Yates Memorandum promises to deliver an increase in civil and...more

Communicating Culture Outside the US – Part 1

I once worked in a law firm that was headquartered in another city. We fondly referred to ourselves as “in the provinces” since we worked apart from the mothership. In my corporate life I have worked in the corporate...more

Spud Webb and Corporate Culture

On this day 30 years ago, history was made when Spud Webb won the 3rd NBA Slam Dunk contest. Webb joined future Hall-of-Famers Michael Jordan, who won the inaugural contest in 1984, and Dominic Wilkins, who won the second...more

Compliance Challenge: The Links Between Corruption and Human Trafficking

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SciClone Pharmaceuticals: A Textbook Case of FCPA Violations for Gifts, Meals, Entertainment and Travel

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Reflections on the SEC- FCPA Enforcement Action Against SAP

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement journey, which began last summer with the guilty plea of Vicente Garcia for the payment of bribes to obtain contracts in Panama for his employer, SAP International, ended...more

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2015 Developments and Predictions for 2016

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2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, a Vital Anti-Bribery Compliance Tool, Highlights Global Corruption Risks for Corporations

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Data Analytics Week – Part V: Bribes on the Other Side of the Ledger and Best Practices Going Forward

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Data Analytics Week – Part IV: Third Parties and Duplicate Invoices

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Top Compliance Issues Facing Manufacturers in 2016

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Data Analysis Week – Part I: What is Data Analysis in Compliance?

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Take It Easy – Ruminations on Corruption Scandals in International Sports

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[Webinar] White Collar Crimes in Indo-U.S. context: Do’s and Don’ts - Meritas Capability Webinar - Feb. 3rd, 10:00am EST

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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement 2016: In Like A Lamb, Out Like A Lion

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The FCPA Risks of Teaming in the Defense Industry

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How the Venetian Gondolier Informs Your Compliance Program

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St. Mark’s Basilica and Updating Your Code of Conduct

The Venice Travel Edition continues today by focusing on Saint Mark’s Basilica, one of both Venice’s and the world’s treasures. It sits on Saint Mark’s Square, one of the most famous locations in all of Italy. While today it...more

The Antitrust Leniency Model and FCPA Enforcement

I am always wary of simplistic policy proposals – often the simple idea to apply one policy to another subject matter, just does not work. Instead, policy debate will turn to the simple idea and how it can easily be applied...more

State Attorneys General Investigations and Enforcement: What to Expect in 2016

In recent years, state Attorneys General (“state AGs”) have significantly increased their investigative and enforcement efforts across a wide range of industries and matters, and these new efforts present a growing challenge...more

The Year 2016 in Compliance

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The Person (Idea) of the Year – Corporate Ethics and Culture

Each year I have identified the so-called “person” of the year to capture the most significant enforcement and compliance trend. In the past, I have given the award to the Chief Compliance Officer, the Ethics Officer, the...more

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