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English Court Questions the Application of Litigation Privilege in Criminal Investigations

On 8 May 2017, the English High Court of Justice handed down judgment in The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd,1 which could significantly limit the application of litigation...more

First 100 Days of the Trump Administration and The FCPA – Same As It Ever Was

by Thomas Fox on

Over the weekend, we had the first 100 days of the Trump administration. To commemorate this constructed time for review of any new administration I gathered the Everything Compliance podcast panel of Mike Volkov, Jay Rosen,...more

Frontier Markets – Smallest Markets Represent Promising but Overlooked Investment Opportunities

The general public may not be familiar with the term “frontier market,” but frontier markets represent the vast majority of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The term “frontier market” generally refers to the...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

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

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

Insight from the DOJ Fraud Section

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Without fanfare, on February 8 the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) published new corporate compliance guidance on its public website. The guidance is presented as a set of topics and questions, entitled...more

First ‘Trial of the Century’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Today I conclude my two-part series on the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), which agreed to pay a...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2016 Year-End Update

by BakerHostetler on

2016 was a record-setting year for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement, as both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recovered well over $2 billion in...more

Recidivism Under the FCPA: Zimmer Biomet

by Thomas Fox on

Last week Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. paid a high price for its and its predecessors failure to comply with the terms and conditions of 2012 Deferred Prosecution Agreement (the “2012 DPA”). Biomet, having originally paid $23...more

Forecasting, Risk Management and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

When I was in the corporate world, I cannot begin to recall the number of times senior management had an overly optimistic forecast regarding some transaction; whether the transaction was the purchase of a smaller company, a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On the Hill yesterday, Fed Chair Yellen acknowledged that the recent election would likely mean changes for the economy, but she said it was “too soon” to predict the nature of that economic impact at this time (though that...more

Compliance Isn’t Going Away (and neither should you) – Part I

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday I presented my views on why I believe that Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement will continue under the new administration. Today, I want to begin a multi-part series (sorry I don’t know how long it will...more

When the Compliance Counsel Speaks, CCOs Should Listen

by Thomas Fox on

I was recently having breakfast with a colleague and we were discussing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Compliance Counsel Hui Chen and what we believe to be the positive impact she has had on the compliance community,...more

DOJ Criminal Prosecution of Wells Fargo: What to Expect?

by Michael Volkov on

Compliance and enforcement headlines have focused on the Wells Fargo scandal. And for good reason. On September 8, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Comptroller of the Currency and the Los Angeles...more

What Will Be the Final Fallout from Wells Fargo?

by Thomas Fox on

Crimson flames tied through my ears... Rollin’ high and mighty traps... Pounced with fire on flaming roads... Using ideas as my maps... “We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I... Proud ‘neath heated...more

Wells Fargo Week: Part V – Compliance is the Answer

by Thomas Fox on

I want to end this week’s review of the Wells Fargo scandal by considering what is at issue and what is at stake in this imbroglio. Unlike a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation, Wells Fargo paid the relatively...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s One-Year “Pilot Program” Nears The Halfway Mark

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits both United States and foreign corporations and nationals from offering or paying, or authorizing the offer or payment, of anything of value to a foreign government...more

From Altamont to Airbus

by Thomas Fox on

What was one of the most tragic events in the history of rock and roll? High up on the list must rank the Altamont concert, held at Altamont Race Track on December 6, 1969. It was so bad that many people felt the 60s actually...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part IV

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have been exploring the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with Joe Howell, an Executive Vice President (EVP) with Workiva Inc. We have considered how some of the issues addressed by the PCAOB directly...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Today we have Part II of my exploration with Joe Howell about the PCAOB and how its work with public company auditors impacts anti-corruption compliance. I asked Howell about auditor rotation and what it means. Howell...more

Mike Duffy Acquittal Sheds Light on Criminal Code Corruption Offences

Last week’s acquittal of Senator Mike Duffy on fraud, corruption and bribery offences shows Ontario courts will not find “corrupt” intent lightly. The decision underscores the importance of subjective criminal intent in...more

Bribes and the remedy of Tracing

by Bryan Cave on

Relations between companies and businessmen worldwide are often governed by contracts subject to English law. Bribery is – regrettably – common in worldwide business. A discussion as to how English civil law treats a bribe is...more

Key Findings from NAVEX Global's Third Party Risk Management Benchmark Report

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Vendor risk management and, in particular, third party risk management has become one of the toughest issues companies face—especially after a string of high-profile compliance failures in recent years. The majority of...more

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