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Failure to Register with FINCEN Sustains Guilty Pleas by Virtual Currency Exchangers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

It is a potential crime to conduct a business that exchanges virtual currency and fail to register with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN“), even if the State in which one operates does not impose a similar...more

The FCPA at 40 – Corporate Responsibility for Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In two speeches last week Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden addressed multiple topics and issues around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The first set of remarks...more

The FCPA at 40 – Evolution in the Fight Against Bribery and Corruption

by Thomas Fox on

In two speeches last week Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden addressed multiple topics and issues around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The first set of remarks...more

Talking About Bribery in the Country Where I Bribed

I recently returned from a week in Amsterdam, addressing front-line compliance challenges, and attending several anti-corruption conferences. It was a surreal experience for me, for in 2003 I paid a “Dutch Agent approximately...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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 from the past month, with links to primary...more

Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

by Michael Volkov on

A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from...more

Termination of a Third-Party – Planning Can Reduce the Pain

by Thomas Fox on

The European concern Airbus has been in the news recently for corruption issues. According to an article in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Airbus sued by middlemen fired following fraud inquiry”, its annual report lists...more

Long-Running Corruption Scheme Exposed in Brazil: Operation "Exposed Invoice" Provides Continuous Improvement Opportunity for...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A massive scheme involving medical products sales to Brazilian public entities has led to recent high-profile arrests. The events highlight the importance to a well-functioning compliance program of keeping up with new...more

Top bribery and corruption developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

In recent years, U.S. and Western European military spending has decreased as military spending in other parts of the world has risen. As a result, aerospace, defense and government services (ADG) companies increasingly rely...more

A move to "glasshouses": Government announces call for evidence on a register of beneficial owners of property controlled by...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 5 April 2017, the government launched a call for evidence on a register showing the beneficial ownership of property controlled by overseas companies and other legal entities. This isn’t the first time that these...more

Whistleblowers, are you really protected?

by Hogan Lovells on

According to the Corruption Perception Index 2016, an annual publication by Transparency International which ranks countries according to the perceived levels of corruption by surveys and assessment, South Africa scored 45...more

Code of Conduct Week: Part III – Design of Your Code of Conduct

by Thomas Fox on

Today I continue my Code of Conduct exploration with Eric Morehead, Principal of Morehead Compliance Consulting. After having reviewed the legal requirement and business purpose in Part I, the structure and form of your Code...more

A Strategy for Non-Disclosure of FCPA Violations

by Michael Volkov on

We all understand that issues are not black and white, meaning there are areas of gray when analysis and cost-benefits need to be weighed. Lawyers are regularly identifying legal risks and applying such risks to specific...more

Trump and the FCPA: Perception Is Not Reality

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Many have questioned whether President Donald Trump, who as a businessman called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) a "horrible law" in 2012, would seek to change the law, its enforcement or both. However, recent...more

AML Enforcement and Compliance Trends

by Michael Volkov on

Law enforcement focus on anti-money laundering appears to be increasing. While the last ten years has seen a marked increase in AML regulatory obligations, the new administration is likely to return to some of the more...more

FCPA Remediation Focus on Supervisory Personnel

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement and remediation focus on supervisory personnel is an interesting development. On the one hand, DOJ has been slow to bring individual criminal enforcement actions for FCPA...more

Brazilian Corruption Scandals Continue

by Thomas Fox on

The stench of corruption continues to bedevil Brazil, even as the clean-up initiated with Operation Car Wash is ongoing. This time, allegations of bribery and corruption have reached one of Brazil’s most prestigious exports,...more

Leadership Lessons from the Movies

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I wanted to consider some of the recent leadership lessons I have explored on my podcast, 12 O’Clock High, a podcast on business leadership. In the series, host Richard Lummis and myself, mined some of our favorite...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part III

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have been considering the LRN Corporation’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (LRN Report) by outlining some of its general findings. Today, I want to conclude by using the Report as a road...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday I began a series on the LRN Corporation’s (LRN) 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report) by outlining some of its general findings. Today, I want to focus on its detailed findings as it...more

Bridging the Gap: Uniting Compliance and Financial Controls (Part II of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to attend to in the corporate governance landscape. A critical relationship needed to “operationalize” a compliance program is a partnership between a CCO and...more

Compliance Report-International Edition, Carlos Ayres [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode i visit with Brazilian compliance practitioner Carlos Ayres on recent developments in Brazil and South America in the ongoing fight against bribery and corruption....more

Understanding the New DOJ Guidance: Part 1 – Tone at the Top

In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government expects in a compliance program in the form of a series of questions that companies should be prepared to answer about...more

Justice Department Reveals How It Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section recently published its "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" that lists 1) the topics it explores and 2) the questions it asks when it assesses the effectiveness of a...more

Rules of the (International) Road

by Carlton Fields on

Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally, some issues you must consider as you contemplate international...more

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