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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The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement: Part Two

The illicit or foreign payments cases - The preliminary inquiry was followed by formal SEC investigations early in 1974. The resulting cases would become known as the “illicit or foreign payments” cases. The focus of...more

Does Your Company’s “Inadequate Compliance Program” Violate Securities Laws?

In a recent matter before the SEC, settlement of an FCPA claim with Smith & Wesson has raised some worrisome new issues for compliance officers. This settlement is noteworthy for two reasons: 1. Small and mid-sized...more

Use of HR in Your FCPA Compliance Program [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I discuss how HR can help to facilitate your compliance program. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 87, what are internal controls, Part II [Video]

In this Part II of What Are Internal Controls? I continue my discussion with noted expert Henry Mixon on the basics of internal controls in a best practices FCPA compliance program....more

King Arthur’s Roundtable – The CCO as Chief Collaboration Officer

Many commentators such as Donna Boehme and Mike Volkov often talk about what is required for the position of Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), both in terms of corporate support and skills as a leader of a company’s compliance...more

Anti-Corruption Enforcement Targets Financial Service Industry

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) a top priority, second only to terrorism. While an overall increase in enforcement puts all industries on alert, the...more

What Are Internal Controls, Part I [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I begin a series on internal controls, with noted practitioner Henry Mixon. This is the first part of a two part episode on the basics of what are internal controls. ...more

Review: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a New Era

Broadly speaking, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prohibits offering or paying anything of value to a foreign official to obtain or retain business. Recent years have seen a boom in FCPA compliance efforts and enforcement...more

FinCrimes Update - August 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 6

In This Issue: - BSA/AML & OFAC - Virtual Currency & Payment Systems - FCPA & Anti-Corruption - Criminal Enforcement - Excerpt from BSA/AML & OFAC: FINCEN PUBLISHES LONG-AWAITED...more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement

Can one man make a difference? Stanley Sporkin is proof that the answer is “yes.” In the early 1970s he sat fixated by the Watergate Congressional hearings. As the testimony droned on about the burglary and cover-up, the...more

Management of Corruption Risks – Business Lessons from GSK

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have made it abundantly clear over the past several years that companies should assess their risk and then manage their own risks....more

Joint Ventures and Compliance: Defining the Issues (Part I of III)

One of the more challenging areas in the anti-corruption field is navigating joint venture risks. Companies rely on joint venture partners for a variety of purposes – local partners know the geographic market, have a...more

The 10 Essential Steps to Implement an Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Program [Video]

The Department of Justice's and the SEC's FCPA Guidance issued last November, 2012, outlined the hallmarks of an "effective" anti-corruption compliance program. In the FCPA Guidance, the Justice Department and the SEC...more

Board of Directors and FCPA Oversight – An Internal Control Under SOX, Part II

In Part I of this two-part post regarding a Board of Director’s Role in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) oversight from the internal controls perspective, I reviewed how a Board might have independent liability for its...more

Board of Directors and FCPA Oversight – An Internal Control Under SOX, Part I

Today we begin by honoring the political process and a politician extraordinaire for on this day in 1836, Sam Houston was elected as the first President of the Republic of Texas. One of the most interesting characters from...more

Integrating and Training Your Agents and Distributors (Part II of IV)

The Department of Justice and the SEC know they can push companies to expand and improve their anti-corruption compliance programs. They are well aware that the requirements set forth in their settlement documents, as well as...more

Pro Football and the FCPA Professor

As readers of this blog will know, I often use sports to discuss the nuts and bolts of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance. So it was gratifying to see the FCPA Professor use sports in some of his writings....more

High Court Should Review Scope Of Crime-Fraud Exception

In Zolin, the Supreme Court determined that a party invoking the crime-fraud exception must make a threshold showing before a district court may review documented attorney-client communications on camera. The court settled on...more

Language as a Long Term Compliance Strategy

I constantly rely on Jay Rosen and his team at Merrill Brink for translation and other language related services in the compliance portion of my work. (Yes I do practice law and compliance for a living; I blog for gratis.) ...more

How due diligence plays a role in anti-corruption compliance

With the increasing frequency and expanding scope of enforcement globally, organizations need to devote plenty of attention to anti-corruption due-diligence of third-parties that they engage. The value of due diligence is...more

Justin Bieber Does It Again – Time For Anti Bribery Training To Save The Day

Tsk tsk tsk. Just when I thought I was only going to mention him in one blog post this year, I now have the opportunity to write another. Someone has to do it! Justin Bieber is back in the spotlight and this time it isn’t...more

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

Today, I conclude a three-part series on risk assessments in your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or UK Bribery Act anti-corruption compliance program. I previously reviewed some of the risks that you need to assess and...more

Long and Winding Road of FCPA Investigations

The Justice Department and the SEC attorneys have a duty to manage caseloads and move cases responsibly. I called it “cut and run.” Either the government has the evidence or it does not – and they now fairly early on what...more

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

One of the questions that I hear most often is how does one actually perform a risk assessment? Mike Volkov has suggested a couple of different approaches in his article “Practical Suggestions for Conducting Risk...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 82, continued fallout from GSK in China [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I review the continued fallout from GSK in China. I discuss the trial of Mr and Mrs Humphreys and what it all means for the compliance practitioner going forward. ...more

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