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Goodyear Settles SEC FCPA Charges

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company settled FCPA books and records and internal control charges with the SEC. The settlement reflects the extensive cooperation and remedial efforts of the company. In the Matter of Goodyear Tire...more

Goodyear’s Settlement with the SEC Emphasizes the Importance of FCPA Due Diligence in M&A Transactions and of Having a Robust...

On February 24, 2015, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle charges that two of its subsidiaries allegedly paid $3.2 million in bribes that generated $14,122,535 in illicit profits. The SEC...more

New Year, New Focus on Enforcement: The U.K. Strengthens Anti-Bribery and Corruption Enforcement

U.K. regulators have started 2015 with a bang, promising increased cooperation among regulatory agencies, and tougher enforcement of financial crimes, with an emphasis on anti-bribery and corruption efforts....more

Human Trafficking and Government Procurement: New Requirements for U.S. Federal Contractors

On January 29, the U.S. Government released a final rule establishing new anti-human trafficking requirements for U.S. government contractors. The rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) and seeks to strengthen...more

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Amendments to Strengthen Prohibitions Against Trafficking

On January 29, 2015, the U.S. Government released a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”). The final rule reflects changes to proposed amendments originally released in September 2013. The...more

Inside M&A - Winter 2015

Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions - Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 122-with Matt Kelly on Alstom, Avon and Petrobras [Video]

In this episode, Compliance Week Editor-in-Chief Matt Kelly and I discuss the Avon and Alstom FCPA enforcement actions and then take a look at the ongoing Petrobras corruption scandal and what it means for Brazil. ...more

Language Solutions as Preventative Tool in Anti-Corruption Compliance

Ed. Note-I partnered with Merrill-Brink to write a White Paper on the use of local languages as a preventative tool in FCPA, UK Bribery Act and anti-corruption compliance. Today’s blog post is an excerpt from the full article...more

Choosing the Right Vendor Risk Management Software Solution

Traditionally, performing third party due diligence has been primarily a data gathering activity. Now, with access to abundant information sources, the activity—and the challenges—have evolved. How do you manage and...more

Bobby Keys, the Rolling Stones and Establishing Trust

Bobby Keys died last week. What you probably did not know was that Keys was a Texan so we get to claim him. He was the saxophonist for the Rolling Stones and a number of other serious rockers. ...more

Building Your Third Party Due Diligence Checklist: The Right Pieces, Processes and Presumptions

A comprehensive approach to third party and vendor due diligence management is essential for any company conducting business globally. A strong due diligence program’s purpose is two-fold...more

Due Diligence and The Holy Grail — Red Flags

Compliance professionals love to bandy about the term “red flag.” It is a term with infinite meanings depending on the context. A red flag in a money-laundering context is different than a red flag in a corruption context....more

A Holistic Look at Third Party Risks

In the FCPA world, we tend to get myopic. We see complex issues and business operations through the prism of anti-corruption risks. Businesses and Chief Compliance Officers, however, have a very different perspective....more

Opinion Release 14-02: Dis-Linking The Illegal Conduct Going Forward

One of my favorite words in the context of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement is dis-link. I find it a useful adjective in explaining how certain conduct by a company must be separated from the winning of...more

Global HR Hot Topic—November 2014: Employment Law Toolkit for Cross-Border M&A Deals

Some years ago, a leading London corporate lawyer told The New York Times that in "merging two regular companies...you just do it and sort out the people issues afterwards." (A. Sorkin, "A Lawyer's Lawyer: Bridging Borders,"...more

Sharing the Spotlight: M&A Due Diligence

Everyone likes to talk about the importance of due diligence. A whole new due diligence industry has grown, starting with initial anti-money laundering requirements and stretching into corruption and sanctions issues....more

Supply Chain Management: Avoiding Headaches

Companies implementing due diligence programs face a number of challenges. It is hard enough to identify all of a company’s third-party intermediaries – agents, distributors, customs and logistics representatives, nominees,...more

Inside M&A - Fall 2014

Managing Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions - Buyers can acquire unintended and potentially very damaging liabilities together with target business or assets. Analyzing the financial situation of a target company,...more

SEC Charges E*Trade Subs: When Is the Due Diligence Sufficient?

Having the correct compliance procedures in place can often be critical. The SEC and the DOJ have repeatedly emphasized this in FCPA cases. Conducting due diligence can be equally critical. For gatekeepers such as lawyers,...more

Ten Requirements for an Effective Due Diligence System

The purpose of a due diligence system is not to identify and prevent hiring of a third-party who will commit bribery. To the contrary, no one can predict with accuracy who will commit bribery, unless they truly have...more

Outrageous Opinions in Registration Statements

In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435, the respondents fired back at the petitioners in a brief filed with the Supreme Court, posing a simple question: “Whether...more

More Than Due Diligence: Never-Ending Due Diligence

Due diligence of third parties can drive you crazy. You know you are in trouble when you start babbling to yourself and others about red flags, more red flags, and even more red flags. You can start thinking that the movie,...more

More Than Due Diligence: Never-Ending Due Diligence

Due diligence of third parties can drive you crazy. You know you are in trouble when you start babbling to yourself and others about red flags, more red flags, and even more red flags....more

Customer Due Diligence and Beneficial Ownership

Compliance officers face lots of challenges when conducting third-party due diligence. One issue that frequently arises is determining who exactly owns a potential agent or distributor. ...more

Does Your Company’s “Inadequate Compliance Program” Violate Securities Laws?

In a recent matter before the SEC, settlement of an FCPA claim with Smith & Wesson has raised some worrisome new issues for compliance officers. This settlement is noteworthy for two reasons: 1. Small and mid-sized...more

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