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Red Notice Newsletter - August 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - MTS Receives DOJ and SEC Declination Letters Concluding FCPA Investigations - On August 7, 2017, MTS Systems (MTS), a Minnesota based maker of test systems and industrial position...more

Day 17 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Financial Health Monitoring

by Thomas Fox on

Continuous improvement can take many ways, shapes and forms. Typically, when it comes to third-party risks, a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance professional will consider the ownership structure to see if there is...more

Gas Company Receives First Declination of 2017 Under FCPA Pilot Program

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 16, 2017, announced its first declination of 2017 and the closing of its investigation of Linde North America Inc. and Linde Gas North America LLC (collectively, Linde) concerning...more

Completing the Deal: Recent Cases Illustrate the Benefits of Corruption-related Due Diligence and Remediation

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Several recent cases highlight the risks of successor liability when companies acquire targets that have been engaged in violations of anti-corruption laws. They reinforce the benefits of understanding a target’s potential...more

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

by Dechert LLP on

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

The DOJ Expects “Third-Party Management” from Compliance Programs

2016 was a banner year for global anti-corruption enforcement: the U.S. government set records in terms of both the number of FCPA actions brought and the total dollar amount of related fines. Meanwhile, governments from...more

DOJ’s Compliance Program Evaluation: Risk Assessment, Policies and Procedures and Third-Party Risk Management (Part III of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

To design and implement an effective ethics and compliance program, companies have to conduct a risk assessment and tailor its policies and programs to its risk profile. DOJ’s Compliance Evaluation reinforces this framework...more

Recent DOJ Guidance Highlights Substantial Benefits of Being Proactive About Compliance

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The Criminal Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released guidance entitled “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs,” setting forth over 100 questions in 11 categories that the Fraud Section...more

U.S. Customs and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

During the campaign, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) was mostly mentioned by President Trump in the context of illegal immigration. Controlling the flow of people, however, is only one of the jobs of CBP, which is part...more

C-Suite Misconduct Results in Sociedad Quimica Y Minera FCPA Resolution with DOJ and SEC

by Michael Volkov on

In an unusual FCPA enforcement action, the Justice Department and the SEC resolved FCPA violations against Sociedad Quimica y Minera, a Chilean chemical and mining company, for a total of $30.5 million, for paying...more

A Company Must Do Compliance – The Mondelez FCPA Enforcement Action

by Thomas Fox on

In almost every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action, there are nuggets to be gleaned for any Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner. All one has to do is look for them. Back in 2012,...more

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

by Michael Volkov on

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

State Ballot Wins Only Amplify Questions About Pot Banking

The 2016 election will be remembered not only for the memorable presidential race but also for what was effectively a national referendum on cannabis. Eight states passed laws allowing its use. Medical marijuana is now...more

How the Yellow Submarine Informs Due Diligence Lessons From 1MDB

by Thomas Fox on

Enrichment is the theme for today’s post as it is personal and illegal enrichment which seems to be the continuing message from the 1MDB scandal involving the disgraced Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. In an article in the...more

International AML Enforcement in 2017 Expected to Target Consumer-Due-Diligence Programs, Gaming Entities, Prepaid Cards, Digital...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Over the past two years, financial regulatory bodies in the United States and Europe have increasingly emphasized consumer due diligence (“CDD”) by financial institutions as a means to combat money laundering and terrorist...more

Lessons Learned From FCPA Enforcement Against JP Morgan for Sons and Daughters Referral Program

by Michael Volkov on

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC finally brought to a close the Sons and Daughters or Princelings investigation. Pending investigations against four other companies still remain to be resolved....more

Volkov on the Evolving Standards for Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

Sometimes I get inspired when writing blog posts and sometimes I get on a roll. It is a bit of both this week and today, as previously this week, I have focused on Department of Justice (DOJ) pronouncements on their view of...more

FCPA Enforcement Action Highlights Risks for the Financial Services Industry and Individual Executives

by Dechert LLP on

New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (the “Hedge Fund”) agreed to pay approximately $412 million to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part IV

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the resolution of...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Today I continue my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the...more

DOJ and SEC Raising the Stakes on Third Party Risk Management

by Michael Volkov on

If you review the last ten years of FCPA enforcement, the unmistakable pattern is rising expectations with regard to corporate compliance programs, particularly with regard to third party due diligence and risk management....more

Landmark SEC Decision Cites Compliance, Diligence in Decision Not to Prosecute FCPA Violations

by NAVEX Global on

In a remarkable affirmation of the value of robust compliance and due-diligence programs, the Securities and Exchange Commission last month announced that it would not prosecute a U.S. company for potential violations of the...more

Och-Ziff Failures in Due Diligence and Transaction Compliance (Part II)

by Michael Volkov on

The Och-Ziff enforcement action is replete with examples of failures in due diligence and transaction monitoring compliance. Och-Ziff’s bribery schemes were elaborate and intricate and involved complex transactions,...more

5 Key Takeaways from AB InBev SEC FCPA Settlement

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department and the SEC have been busy over the last 2 weeks in the FCPA arena. For those who have raised doubts about DOJ and the SEC’s continuing commitment to FCPA enforcement, you should forever hold your...more

No Longer a Mirage: FCPA Compliance and Cooperation Has Its Benefits

On September 12, 2016, the SEC announced that it had reached a settlement with Jun Ping Zhang (“Ping”), a former executive of a Chinese subsidiary of Harris Corporation (“Harris”), regarding alleged violations of the Foreign...more

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