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HP, Three Subsidiaries Pay $108 Million To Settle FCPA Charges

The Russian, Polish and Mexican subsidiaries of Hewlett-Packard Company resolved criminal FCPA charges with the Department of Justice while the parent corporation settled with the SEC. ZAO Hewlett-Packard A.O., or HP Russia,...more

Marubeni Gets Hit Again for FCPA Violations - DOJ Says the Company Did Not Voluntarily Disclose the Conduct and Refused to...

In a courtroom in New Haven, Connecticut, on March 19, 2014, Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni), a storied Japanese trading company headquartered in Tokyo, pleaded guilty to an eight-count criminal information charging Marubeni...more

Just Say No: Refusing To Pay Bribes

I was never a big fan of the Reagan Administration’ solution to America’s drug problem – Just Say No. The phrase was a simple solution to a more complex problem, one that people now recognize as a health problem rather than...more

What Happens In Ecuador Does Not Stay In Ecuador

In last week’s decision in Chevron v. Donziger, the court enjoined the enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental pollution, alleged to have been caused by its predecessor,...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2014

This month on the anticorruption front, a New York court orders two former Siemens executives to pay record civil penalties in a bribery case involving the company’s Argentina business; Canada prosecutes former executives...more

Deemed Public Officials: A Potential Risk for US Companies in Japan

Japan is one of the lower-risk countries for US companies in terms of compliance issues involving bribery and corruption. Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index places Japan 18th out of 177...more

New Report Reveals Global Impact of Economic Crime

Economic crime is increasingly impacting global businesses according to a recent report from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Globalization and growing reliance on technology and online processes are...more

Bribery Is Bribery

FCPA practitioners, commentators and yes, even the FCPA Paparazzi, all spend a lot of time discussing, analyzing and posing theoretical questions related to the legal issue of who is a “foreign official” under the FCPA. The...more

Where O’ Where Is The Board Of Directors?

If you trace the path of an FCPA violation inside an organization, at a minimum, you will see a path of lost opportunities, oversights and omissions. If you see anything different, you may be looking at a deliberate scheme...more

Once You Start Bribing – I Guess It Is Hard To Stop

News came out last week that chiropractor Stephen Jacobs of Lowell, MA is in hot water with the feds. Dr. Jacobs allegedly paid an IRS auditor $5,000 in cash to ignore two deductions he improperly took on this 2011 income...more

UK FCA Issues First Fine Under New Anti-Money Laundering Regime

Financial Conduct Authority fines Standard Bank £7.6 million for failures in its anti-money laundering controls, underlining the importance of both having and implementing adequate policies in relation to money laundering....more

How to Accurately Identify the Corrupt Intent Behind Bribery: Real Life Cases, Anti-Bribery Training

As I mentioned in my last blog, FCPA expert Tom Fox was recently asked in an interview by Corporate Compliance Insights to define the criteria for what constitutes a bribe under the FCPA. He outlined three key criteria: Is...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

Crude Allegations: Corruption in the Energy Trading Sector

The world-wide energy trading sector, where traders match physical supply and demand of energy by purchasing, reselling, and moving commodities (crude oil and refined products, natural gas, coal, and even electricity) across...more

Executives: The Organization’s Gifts Policy Also Applies to You

Last week the Department of Justice formally charged ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife with illegally soliciting and accepting lavish gifts and entertainment as well as loans from the (now former) CEO of Star...more

'Honest Services' Statute

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell may not have violated any Virginia statutes, yet he and his wife both face criminal prosecution under the federal “Honest Services” statute On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, former...more

Books And Records Flexes Its Muscles

FCPA practitioners pick through the pages and words underlying FCPA enforcement actions to look for clues, for new policies and government strategies. It is a worthwhile process – the government sends important messages in...more

Canada Is Aboard the Anti-Corruption Express

For many years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) considered Canada a laggard when it came to anti-corruption enforcement. However, in a recent speech, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John...more

We Mean What We Say – FCPA Enforcement Begins The Year With A Bang

Gone are the days when everyone wondered whether FCPA enforcement was slowing down. The Justice Department and the SEC have answered that question with a resounding statement – “We are here to stay.”...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 31-the FCPA Year in Review, Corporate Enforcement Actions [Video]

In this episode, I review the corporate FCPA enforcement actions of 2013. ...more

What Hath GSK Wrought? More Compliance Lessons From China

In an article, entitled “GSK China probe flags up wider worries”, in the Wednesday edition of the Financial Times (FT) reporters Andrew Jack and Patti Waldmeir discussed the ongoing bribery and corruption scandal involving...more

Letter From China-Interview With Amy Sommers

Ed. Note-this article is one of a continuing series of interviews of thought leaders in FCPA, Bribery Act and anti-corruption/anti-bribery. In this blog post, I interview Amy Sommers, partner in the Shanghai office of K&L...more

Joan Fontaine And The Evolution Of Compensation Issues In A Compliance Program

Compliance programs evolve just as the thinking on best practices has changed over the past few years. One of the areas that has not received as much attention in compliance programs is the amount of compensation paid to...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 30-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 2 [Video]

This episode 30 is Part 2 of my interview with the FCPA Professor. ...more

The Weatherford FCPA Settlement, Part II

Yesterday, I reviewed the Weatherford International Limited (Weatherford) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlement. Today I will take a more focused look at the bribery schemes involved and the failure of the company...more

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