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The Ping FCPA Enforcement Action: Lessons for the Compliance Practitioner

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action against an individual earlier this month when it announced the resolution of a matter involving Jun Ping Zhang,...more

Wells Fargo Week: Part V – Compliance is the Answer

I want to end this week’s review of the Wells Fargo scandal by considering what is at issue and what is at stake in this imbroglio. Unlike a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation, Wells Fargo paid the relatively...more

This Week in FCPA-Epiode 23, the Wells Fargo edition [Video]

In this week's episode, Jay Rosen and I discuss the following: Show notes for this week’s edition: 1. Tom's week long series on Well’s Fargo scandal. 2. Christina Muehl’s two part series on Corruption, Crime and...more

Three Key Takeaways from the Nu Skin FCPA Settlement for a Corrupt Charitable Donation

In a rare enforcement action, the SEC settled an FCPA enforcement action for $766,000 for a charitable donation of $154,000 to improperly influence a high-ranking Chiese Communist party official to prevent a provincial agency...more

DOJ Moves to Dismiss Public Corruption Charges Against Former VA Governor

Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia moved to dismiss public corruption charges against former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, and his wife, Maureen McDonnell. The decision comes...more

Why Working in Compliance is so Meaningful to Me

I began this week talking about passion in the compliance profession and then explored why employees viewed their work as meaningful, how companies could negate those views and then what leaders could do to facilitate making...more

This Week in FCPA-Epiode 22, the Jimmy Garappolo edition [Video]

In this episode Jay Rosen and I discuss: 1. Harris Corp, China-business unit head settles FCPA matter, for the SEC Cease and Desist Order; 2. Wells Fargo fraudulent accounts scandal; 3. Telia reports $1.4bn demand to...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s One-Year “Pilot Program” Nears The Halfway Mark

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits both United States and foreign corporations and nationals from offering or paying, or authorizing the offer or payment, of anything of value to a foreign government...more

When Diligence is Not Given its “Due”

I find myself quibbling with compliance terms – hyper focus on small issues is not a positive trait. I often urge clients and colleagues to focus on issue of more significance and leave the smaller ones for another day....more

For An Effective Ethics and Compliance Program — First, Train Your Board and Senior Executives

Compliance professionals are familiar with the phrase “tone at the top,” but what exactly does it mean? Unlike other compliance program components, it cannot be easily formalized and implemented in a policy or procedure....more

Will incentive time bombs blow up your company?

Marc Hodak, an NYU Adjunct Professor and compensation consultant, spoke at the Ethical Systems event in New York a few months ago. He talked about “incentive time bombs,” where “bad behavior can hide behind good performance,”...more

The Costs of Corruption

We always hear about the macroeconomic impact of corruption. Using large figures in the billions and even trillions (5 percent of global GDP) and painting catastrophic pictures of societal harm, anti-corruption advocates...more

Tribute to Star Trek and Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs

September 8th is the 50th anniversary of the premier episode of the most iconic science fiction related television show during my lifetime – Star Trek. As most of you know, I am a self-confessed uber-trekkie and I can still...more

Hallmark 10 – Mergers and Acquisitions: Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence and Post-Acquisition Integration

The FCPA Guidance notes that one of the ten hallmarks of an effective compliance program is around mergers and acquisitions (M&A), in both the pre and post-acquisition context. A company that does not perform adequate FCPA...more

Changes To Florida’s New Anti-Corruption Law Take Effect October 1 - Will Florida Soon Consider Your Business Practices Corrupt?

The Florida Legislature recently responded to growing concerns over public corruption in the state of Florida by amending Florida’s Anti-Corruption Act (FACA). The changes take effect October 1. This paper outlines...more

FCPA Enforcement Actions and Reputational Damage

If you ask members of a corporate board or senior executives about the cost of an FCPA enforcement action, they will candidly acknowledge all of the costs – fines, penalties, and professional costs (e.g. legal, accounting,...more

Lessons from History and a Best Practices Compliance Program

I am on assignment in Oxford on a two-week study course, focusing on the Tudors. For the first week we focused on Richard III to the end of Henry VIII’s reign. Although Richard III was not a Tudor, we began with him to study...more

Five Key Takeaways from Key Energy’s SEC FCPA Settlement

The SEC, last week, announced its $5 million settlement with Key Energy. As always, FCPA settlements contain important examples of enforcement priorities and policies. Key Energy’s recent settlement is an example of the...more

The End of the Wild West

Many say the Wild West ended on this day in 1895 when John Wesley Hardin was gunned down in El Paso by the town’s sheriff. Hardin was a legendary gun slinger who is purported to have gunned down over 40 men in his career. He...more

Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part III

This week I have been exploring the Key Energy, Inc. (Key Energy) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. Today, I want to consider the actions taken by Key Energy to obtain the very good resolution the...more

Mexico’s New Anti-Corruption Initiative

Mexico has amended its laws and administrative procedures to implement a new and aggressive administrative anti-corruption regime. Mexico’s efforts have won praise from the OECD and other anti-corruption interest groups. The...more

Farewell to R2D2 and Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part II

Yesterday I began a what I thought would be a two-part series on the Key Energy, Inc. (Key Energy) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. However (and as usual), I got carried away so today I will review the...more

Farewell to John Saunders and Welcome to Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part I

John Saunders died last week. He was a reporter at ESPN and the host of the Sunday talking heads show, the Sports Reporters. The tributes for Saunders came from far and wide. By all accounts, he was one of the most beloved...more

Third Party Risk Management Not Just Due Diligence

The term “due diligence” is an overused expression in the compliance world. It has become a term to mean heightened concern or investigation. No one can really define what it means except to say it has different meanings in...more

From Altamont to Airbus

What was one of the most tragic events in the history of rock and roll? High up on the list must rank the Altamont concert, held at Altamont Race Track on December 6, 1969. It was so bad that many people felt the 60s actually...more

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