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Oh, Hadn’t You Heard? You’re Violating French Law Right Now! France Gets Serieuse about Anti-Corruption

Ok, ok, don’t panic. Maybe not all of the millions of dedicated readers of this blog are in violation. Nevertheless, as of June 1, if your company does business in France, it may be time to check your anticorruption...more

Has the FCPA changed the US business culture?

by Thomas Fox on

In the early 70’s the Lockheed corruption scandals came into light. Millions of dollars had been paid by the US aircraft corporation to public officials to guarantee contracts for military aircraft in Germany, Italy, Japan,...more

The Government Uses Multiple Tools to Fight Corruption

by Thomas Fox on

There are multiple ways to deal with an issue which can provide known and unforeseen benefits. Today we celebrate one of those as it was on this day in 1944, that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into...more

Linde in the Republic of Georgia: A Declination and Lessons Learned

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday the FCPA Professor reported the Department of Justice (DOJ) had issued a Declination to Linde North American Inc. and Linde Gas North America LLC (collectively “Linde”). This is the first Declination issued by the...more

China Compliance, From Someone Who Knows

In today’s compliance environment, though we see a robust debate on what the new US administration might mean for anti-bribery compliance, the new ISO standard, and the recent DOJ “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs”...more

Does Obeying the FCPA Hurt Your Recruiting?

by Thomas Fox on

Imagine your company has gone through a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation. As you near the end of the investigative phase and move into the enforcement phase, you tell the government that you have terminated...more

The Challenge of Auditing and Monitoring Your Distributors

by Michael Volkov on

Whether you are in the high-tech industry and managing your channel partners (i.e. third-party distribution network), the pharmaceutical and medical device industry managing a complex network of distributors and...more

Farewell to Batman and Bringing Passion to Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Adam West died this weekend. He was the TV Batman I knew growing up. They say the actor who first introduced you to a character will always be your favorite and while I am not sure if that holds true or not with West’s...more

Compliance Report-International Edition, Luciana Silveira Effect of FCPA on International Trade

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Luciana Silveira, a PhD candidate who is studying the FCPA and it is has affected did trade flows. Some of the questions she is considering include the following: Was US business abroad affected?...more

Day 8 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting Day 8-Preparing for the Investigation

by Thomas Fox on

Properly Scoped Investigation by Qualified Personnel – How has the company ensured that the investigations have been properly scoped, and were independent, objective, appropriately conducted, and properly documented? These...more

Arbitration Bribery Corruption and Disputes - it's not as easy as ABCD

by Hogan Lovells on

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") - For energy, mining, and resources companies, the cost of corruption—and getting caught—is real. Less than two months ago, Odebrecht S.A. was ordered by a U.S. federal judge to pay a...more

Preparing for an Investigation

by Thomas Fox on

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation), under Prong 7 Confidential Reporting and Investigation asks the following: Properly Scoped Investigation by Qualified Personnel – How...more

"Creating A Risk" Of Bribery Can Violate The FCPA: Low Threshold For SEC Enforcement Actions

by Allen & Overy LLP on

SEC enforcement actions under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act have been setting an ever-lower threshold for violations of the FCPA's books and records, and internal controls provisions. Most recently, the SEC has...more

Why Compliance Must Manage Risk

by Thomas Fox on

What is risk to your company? In the anti-corruption world, it is conduct which might violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, Brazilian Clean Companies Act or one of the other internationally focused...more

Day 3 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-the Investigation Protocol

by Thomas Fox on

Your company should have a detailed written procedure for handling any complaint or allegation of bribery or corruption, regardless of the means through which it is communicated. The mechanism could include the internal...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 55, the Covfefe Edition

by Thomas Fox on

This week, Jay and I have a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories. We discuss: 1. Brazilian meatpacker JBS agrees to the largest fine ever for fine for bribery and corruption, $3.2bn...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 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

Day 1 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Introduction to Investigations and Internal Reporting

by Thomas Fox on

The call, email or tip comes into your office; an employee reports suspicious activity somewhere across the globe. That activity might well turn into a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issue for your company. As the Chief...more

Operationalizing Compliance: Part V – Controller’s Office

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have engaged in a series on how a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner might think about operationalizing a compliance program with other corporate functions and disciplines. I have been...more

Transparency in FCPA Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

We all value transparency as a general concept, especially when it comes to the government. In a real macro perspective, we fund the government and we demand that our government operate efficiently, effectively and ethically....more

From Bottom Bunk to Top Mind

I recently had the honor of being named to Compliance Week’s list of Top Minds for 2017, earning the title of “The Great Communicator” from Bill Coffin, Donna Rice, and the CW team....more

From Dr. No to an Agile Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

How agile is your compliance program? How does this fit into the operationalization requirement laid out in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation)? While many have argued...more

China State Secrets: What Multinational Companies Need to Know

by Kobre & Kim on

Multinational companies in China used to have the luxury of focusing their regulatory efforts primarily on compliance with the laws of their home countries, relegating China’s state secrets laws to something only of concern...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Since mid-2000s investigation of Siemens, and the resulting $800 million penalty for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the FCPA has been an enforcement priority of the U.S. Government. Although a dip in...more

The Compliance Profession and the Demand for “Results”

by Michael Volkov on

Compliance professionals are riding high. They are the darlings of the corporate governance world, commanding higher salaries, C-Suite positions with access to senior leadership and the board, and an empowered position within...more

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