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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King Arthur Week – The Quest for the Holy Grail and Compliance Defense – Part V

We conclude our Arthurian themed week with the Holy Grail, which has fired the imagination of artists for millennia. What was the Holy Grail? According to Professor Dorsey Armstrong in her Teaching Company lecture series,...more

King Arthur Week – The Round Table and Compliance Professionals and Lawyers as Whistleblowers – Part III

Today we use King Arthur’s Round Table as the entry into our topic. The Round Table is the famous table around which he and his Knights congregated. Its shape implies that everyone who sits there has equal status. Wace, who...more

King Arthur Week – the Pentecostal Oath and Code of Conduct – Part II

The foundational document of any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program is its Code of Conduct. This requirement has long been memorialized in the US Sentencing Guidelines, which contain seven basic...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 154-Compliance Leadership-Persuasion, Influence, Tools & Tips, Skills and Tips [Video]

In this episode, I discuss some of the tools which a compliance practitioner or CCO can use to further compliance in an organization. ...more

Compliance: It Starts With A Village

A few weeks ago I had Mike Kenealy, COO of Insiders Integrity engage in a Q and A on “Just ‘Say No’ to Bribery but Prepare First. A Front Line Story,”. Last week, Mike shared with me a pro-bono project that he had sA few...more

When Designing Your Compliance Training Program, Consider When NOT to Train

Have you considered the topics that you’re NOT going to train your employees on this year? It’s easy to think of all the topics you know you want to cover – or are legally required to cover; the reasons for these courses,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 153-Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn [Video]

The energy industry is in turmoil from the drop in the price of oil from $100 down to around $50 per barrel. Many energy companies have laid off up to 30% of their workforce. What can you do from the compliance perspective...more

Interview with James Koukios

Ed. Note-today I continue my series of interviews with people prominent in the FCPA space. Today is James Koukios, formerly a Manager in the DOJ’s FCPA unit, who recently went into private practice at Morrison & Foerster....more

Austin City Limits and Asking Questions to Boost Your Compliance Program

Bill Arhos died recently. While his name is not a household word across the country, his progeny certainly is for he was the founder of the longest running live musical show on PBS television Austin City Limits. As was noted...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary...more

Not Necessary to “Boil the Ocean” in FCPA Internal Investigations

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell recently gave her views on the proper scope of internal investigations regarding FCPA matters. In her views she noted...more

The Petrobras Scandal and Corruption of Political Parties Under the FCPA

When does bribery and corruption move from a business issue to a political issue to a national issue? Why should US companies be held to the gold standard of anti-corruption laws? Should the US government even care if US...more

Internal Investigations and Cooperation Credit in FCPA Investigations

Cooperation credit and conducting internal investigations were key themes in recent remarks by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell at New York University Law School’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement...more

What Are Your Company's New Disclosure Obligations in China? – Potential Anti-Corruption Compliance Implications

In 2014, China adopted regulations intended to update and streamline company periodic reporting obligations. The regulations include a new obligation for compulsory interim disclosure of penalties imposed by PRC regulators...more

A Neglected Compliance Task: Program Assessments

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. – Groucho Marx - Sometimes compliance practitioners miss the forest from the trees. They can get lost in the details of their...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 151-Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation [Video]

In this episode I visit with Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation who discusses the work of the WFL....more

A Journey to the Dark Side of Business Ethics and Steps to Protect Your Organization

On May 11th, 2015 I will lead a session at the GRC Summit 2015 titled “A Journey to the Dark Side of Business Ethics and Steps to Protect Your Organization.” My journey comes not from the fields of audit, law, investigation...more

Five Step Process for Transaction and Continuous Controls Monitoring

Most Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) and compliance practitioners understand the need for transaction monitoring. Whether it be as a part of your overall monitoring of third parties, employees, or to test the overall...more

FLIR FCPA Action Highlights: Continued Focus on Penalizing Improper Expenditures for Government Officials

FLIR Systems, Inc. (“FLIR”), a publicly traded company based in Oregon, agreed to pay approximately $9.5 million to settle allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) on April 8, 2015. The U.S....more

Beyond the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

When Ethical Boardroom invited me to write this article, I started thinking about issues that go beyond the ‘bolt-on’ model of anti-bribery compliance. For, as Alison Taylor, director of energy and extractives at BSR...more

How to Conduct Internal Investigations Outside the United States

Think of a U.S.-headquartered multinational when it receives an allegation of serious misconduct at one of its overseas operations. Maybe the company whistleblower hotline just got a tip that a secretary in the Buenos Aires...more

The Two Ps of Compliance: Promote and Protect

I often complain about compliance messaging. Compliance officers have to be careful to avoid becoming viewed as “nattering nabobs of negativism,” as former Vice President Spiro Agnew famously stated about the liberal media....more

Navigating FCPA Risks in Global Private Equity Ventures

In light of the global nature of the private equity industry, minimizing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) risks is an important consideration for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. ...more

International Anti-Corruption Enforcement Efforts

While the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is still the most widely recognized and enforcement anti-bribery and anti-corruption law across the globe, there have been a number of initiatives which will lead directly to...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 149-Patrick Taylor of Oversight Systems on developments in transaction monitoring [Video]

In this episode I visit with Patrick Taylor, CEO of Oversight Systems on some of the newest developments in tools to facilitate transaction monitoring. ...more

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