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Who’s a “Foreign Official”? Supreme Court Could Clarify Key FCPA Term

On August 14, 2014, Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez filed a Petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking clarification of a key term in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Among other arguments,...more

Popular Frauds - protect your organization

One Fraud... Two Fraud... Three Fraud... No organization wants to wake up to find themselves suddenly the center of unexpected liability or unwelcome scrutiny due to fraud. Fraud costs organizations more if it's...more

Bribery at the “Sharp End.” Lessons from the field.

To many, an understanding of corruption, bribery and compliance comes from the field of regulators, auditors, investigators and attorneys. Each one of these practices brings an important perspective and set of compliance...more

More Than Due Diligence: Never-Ending Due Diligence

Due diligence of third parties can drive you crazy. You know you are in trouble when you start babbling to yourself and others about red flags, more red flags, and even more red flags....more

Where the Action Is: The SCCE Annual Meeting

If anyone wants proof that the compliance profession is on the rise, if anyone still doubts that the young professional of compliance is rapidly growing, all you have to do is attend an annual meeting of the Society of...more

Why Russia's corruption problem is also INTERPOL's problem

INTERPOL has received improper requests for Red Notices from Russia in the past, and all current indicators point to a worsening of the situation rather than an improvement....more

The Human Factor: Joint Venture Partner Compliance (Part III of III)

It is time for another in my series of profound grasps of the obvious – compliance comes down to people. A company violates its code or the law because of human actions or inaction....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

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

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

Creative Contracting to Reduce Third-Party Risks (Part III of IV)

Most lawyers are not creative people. After all, there is a reason they went into the law. Lawyers who deal with anti-corruption risks and third parties need to expand their horizons and consider using creative solutions to...more

Extraordinary Rendition and Ripples From the Chinese Corruption Investigations

As many of you know, I am a recovering trial lawyer. So I was very interested when I received a book for review by Paul Batista, entitled Extraordinary Rendition. Not only is Batista a practicing trial lawyer specializing in...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2014

Welcome to the August 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, the former CEO of an aviation company pleads guilty to participating in an...more

Fake Affiliate Registrations Can Trigger RICO Claims

The Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) (18 U.S.C. § 1962) is a federal civil and criminal statute originally designed to thwart organized crime. It has been previously used to prosecute, among others,...more

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

One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999, in the Metcalf & Eddy enforcement action, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that risk assessments...more

Anti-Corruption Due Diligence Practical Steps to Protect Your Company from Third Party Risks [Video]

Almost every FCPA enforcement action involves misconduct by third party agents and distributors. The Justice Department and the SEC have emphasized the importance of companies conducing appropriate due diligence. In the...more

EY Global Fraud Survey: “Depressing,” yes, surprising, no.

In an August 21, 2014 post concerning the Ernst and Young (EY) 12th Global Fraud Survey (link here for download), Cindy Knezevich, (Vice President of Marketing Operations at The Network), states, “it’s shocking how little...more

The Whole World Is Watching Mexico In the Fight Against Corruption

I have written about business solutions to legal problems, such as the FCPA, in the energy industry here in Houston. Noted compliance practitioner Scott Killingsworth made similar observations on compliance covenants in...more

Bribery, Twice Removed

Charles Duross is the head of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Anti-Corruption Practice. He is the former head of the Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit, where he took a leading role in developing and...more

What Can You Do When Risk Changes in a Third Party Relationship?

The GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) corruption matter in China continues to reverberate throughout the international business community, inside and outside China. The more I think about the related trial of Peter Humphrey and his...more

Fraud in Brampton – two decades in the making

Twenty years ago, Brampton was just a tiny suburb in Southern Ontario with a population of 260,000. Now, it’s Canada’s 9th largest municipality with a population of 600,000 – 2/3 of which are visible minorities. In this time,...more

Bribery & Deterrence: A Tale of Two Sentences

In an August 11, 2014 article (www.thebirberyact.com) “Supersize me: Innospec 4 sentencing remarks do much more than they say on the tin,” Barry Vitou and Richard Kovalevsky (“The Authors”) do a great service by elevating...more

How Can Global Corporations Afford (or Afford Not) To Employ Professional Language Solution Providers

It seems like a daily occurrence that news organizations and blogs (this one included) report that global corporation XYZ, Inc. has run afoul of FCPA statutes somewhere in the world. The next few paragraphs will recount the...more

The Crime-Fraud Exception: Open Questions for the Supreme Court

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 in camera. The Court settled on...more

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