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The Real Explanation for the Record Year for FCPA Enforcement

All the FCPA prognosticators, predictors and paparazzi have missed the boat on understanding what happened this year – 2016, to make this a record year in FCPA enforcement. As a former public servant for over 20 years, I am...more

Matt Ellis-The FCPA in Latin America

When I received my copy, my first thought was that, finally, it’s about time for this book to come out. Then I read it and realized I was glad he put so much time into it. I am referring to Matt Ellis’ new book The FCPA in...more

PDVSA and the Stench of Corruption

Of all the stench from corruption, not much is more odious than that from the Venezuelan state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). Whether it is shaking down contractors for Rolex watches to simply schedule a...more

Enforcement Of Arbitral Award Refused: A Tale Of Dirty Deals, Demurrage And Discontent

Pursuant to article V of the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, a national authority may refuse to enforce or recognise a foreign award on certain limited grounds,...more

Honey, I Think We Should Vacation at Home This Year

That may well be the line most used by Volkswagen (VW) executives after the arrest of their fellow executive, Oliver Schmidt, this past week at the Miami airport. According to an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled...more

Predicting the Future: What Would Truly Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement Look Like?

Within the SEC and DOJ’s blockbuster ending to 2016 was the Odebrecht settlement. The amount involved, a stunning $4.5 billion (pending a possible reduction for inability to pay), grabbed headlines around the world. But...more

FCPA Predictions for 2017 (Part III of III)

With the new incoming administration, everyone is busy predicting major changes in DOJ FCPA enforcement. I do not share this view. Frankly, FCPA enforcement is more bipartisan than other controversial enforcement programs...more

FCPA Enforcement Under Trump: Don’t Call Off the Cavalry Just Yet

Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s past negative comments about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), companies should continue to take FCPA compliance seriously and employ best practices. Indeed, ethical business...more

General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action – Part III: The Denouement

This week I have been exploring the General Cable Corporation (General Cable) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. It was settled with the Department of Justice (DOJ) via a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA)...more

Trends from 2016 Record FCPA Enforcement Year (Part II of III)

No matter how you cut it – this was a big year in FCPA enforcement. Not just because of the large enforcement actions but the scope and depth of enforcement, remediation and compliance program demands....more

New French Anticorruption Legislation Affecting Large French and Foreign Groups of Companies and Their Top Management

On December 9th, 2016, France officially enacted the Law on transparency, anti-corruption and economic modernization (so-called "Sapin II bill") which introduces the following key changes...more

General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II: The Comeback

Yesterday I began an exploration of the General Cable Corporation (General Cable) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. It was settled with the DOJ via a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) and the SEC via a...more

Badda Bing, Badda Boom!! — DOJ and SEC Make 2016 a Record Year for FCPA Enforcement (Part I of III)

We begin the New Year with a three-part series on the FCPA: (1) A review of FCPA enforcement in 2016; (2) Trends from 2016 FCPA enforcement; and (3) Predictions for FCPA enforcement in 2017....more

General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I: The Bribery Schemes

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning run of 2016 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions right up to the end of the year with the announcement...more

Teva FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

Yesterday, I began an exploration of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. (Teva). It was brought jointly by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities...more

T’Was the Week After Christmas: General Cable and Mexico Aviation FCPA Prosecutions

You know this has been a big year in FCPA enforcement when DOJ and the SEC announce two FCPA settlements during the usually sleepy week between Christmas and New Years. And what a year it has been – more to follow in my...more

Teva FCPA Enforcement Action-Part I

Just when you were thinking things could not get any bigger after the Odebrecht/Braskem Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

Higher Education Institutions are Beginning to Get an Education in the FCPA

Seyfarth Synopsis: No differently than companies doing business overseas—especially in high-risk markets—American colleges and universities who do business overseas face real risks of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

2016 Anti-Corruption Review: What Happened?

Bribery and corruption remained a prominent fixture of media headlines throughout 2016, competing with the UK referendum on membership of the European Union, the Panama Papers leaks, and the continued activity of terrorist...more

Gluten Free Compliance

This past November, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sean Freidlin, Marketing Manager of Compliance & Ethics at SAI Global, www.saiglobal.com  at The Little Beet Restaurant in NYC, to discuss my history with...more

Financial Services Firms Must Evolve Anti-Corruption Programs In Light Of Recent FCPA Settlements in Excess of $100 Million

Action Item: Global financial services firms should be aware that the DOJ and SEC are committed to identifying and investigating bribery and corruption regardless of the form it takes. With increased resources to help...more

Dave Edwards, the Doomsday Defense and Execution in Compliance

Baker Hughes Inc. Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Jay Martin, often says that execution is where the rubber meets the road in compliance. I thought about all of that in the context of some of the pronouncements the Department...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 294-Chris Tomlinson [Video]

What are the effects of corruption on the ground in Africa? In this podcast, I visit with Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson who discusses his experiences as a journalist in Africa. ...more

The SEC’s Continuing Refinement of Internal Controls Enforcement

My good friend and colleague, Tom Fox, has written an interesting post on the SEC’s recent United Airlines settlement for $2.4 million for domestic bribery. As Tom has noted, the interesting aspect of the SEC’s enforcement...more

United Airlines Settles with SEC for Side-Stepping Its Own Anti-Corruption Controls: Management Override for a Ride Over to South...

In a settlement highlighting the need for public companies to implement – and adhere to – effective internal controls, United Airlines “United” recently paid a $2.4 million civil penalty to the Securities and Exchange...more

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