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The Kitchen Debate Presages the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report

On this day in 1959, occurred one of the more iconic events of the Cold War, that being the Kitchen Debate between US Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. It was called ‘The Kitchen Debate’...more

3 Ways to Improve Compliance Training

As the compliance profession matures and evolves, the elements of an effective compliance program follow a similar pattern. Compliance training programs have become more sophisticated over the last five years, as...more

Public Officials Face Greater Scrutiny in Wake of McDonnell Decision

Governor McDonnell’s attorneys put it this way: The Governor’s acts weren’t “official” because “none were any more remarkable than acts that governors unthinkingly take hundreds of times weekly for countless constituents,...more

How Companies Could Avoid “Paper” Compliance in New Ukraine? Try Acting Rather Than Talking

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from two noted compliance practitioners from Ukraine, Timur Khasanov-Batirov and Andriy Selepey who discuss the dangers of a paper compliance program. Corruption is the main problem...more

The Third Man and the Authority of Chief Compliance Officers

Harry Lime is back, although he really never left us. As reported by Kristin M. Jones in a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article, entitled “Harry Lime Reborn”, the glorious British film noir The Third Man, written by Gra ham...more

June Whistleblower Digest | Does Your Ethics Training Adequately Cover Anti-Retaliation?

Pop quiz: what are the three criteria the SEC stated they would hold a chief compliance officer accountable for? Well, I admit that was a trick question, because even if you got them right, the SEC is ruffling feathers by...more

Washington Politics and Compliance

Consider this posting a warning to everyone in the corporate governance field. I am not known for being a chicken little and screaming “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” I tend to be a realist when it comes to politics...more

Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement Trends Hit FIFA

Insights on the anti-corruption trends that contributed to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) scandal, and six essential characteristics of organizations whose cultures help prevent bribery and...more

Healthcare Compliance Programs to Avoid a False Claims Act Case

You can always count on lawyers to ring alarm belles and warn businesses. The line between accurate reporting and fear-mongering sometimes blurs when lawyers write so-called “alerts” to inform businesses of new or increasing...more

Tea Leaves from AAG Caldwell on An Effective Compliance Program

The government is on a public relation campaign. Department of Justice and SEC officials have been making the rounds and giving important speeches on criminal prosecutions, cooperation and voluntary disclosure and ethics and...more

On the Oregon Trail: the BHP Enforcement Action and High-Risk Hospitality

The settlers who took off on this Great Emigration on the Oregon Trail did not have anything in the way of a road map. Fortunately for the modern day anti-corruption compliance practitioner, you do have road maps that can...more

Senn Interview, Part III – Post Incident Remediation

I conclude my three-part series based upon my podcast interview of noted white-collar defense lawyer and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practitioner Mara Senn, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP. In Part I, I considered...more

Future of Corporate Monitors

No company wants a corporate monitor. If you ask any General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer or Chief Executive Officer, they can list an infinite number of alternative punishments they would rather suffer than have a...more

Good Bye to Mr. Cub, the Siege of Vienna and Doing More Compliance with Less

Let’s play two! That was perhaps the most famous maxim from Ernie Banks, who died this past weekend at the age of 83. As for a sobriquet, it does not get much better than being known as ‘Mr. Cub’ from any baseball fan from 9...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

2015 Trends: #5 Regulatory Enforcement Moves Down Market

While ethics and compliance scandals that implicate brand name companies tend to grab the headlines, smaller organizations have always borne the brunt of regulatory enforcement. Over the years, U.S. Sentencing Commission data...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 121-FCPA Year in Review, Part II [Video]

In this episode I review the two Opinion Releases, Esquenazi court decision, DOJ communications via speeches on FCPA enforcement. I end with a look at 2015. ...more

“Is the Current Compliance Model Working?”

An interview with Richard Bistrong. You must read it. Find out about bribery from the front line from someone who has been there, seen it, done it and got the jumpsuit. Originally published on...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 104-interview with Russ Berland [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Russ Berland, who was outside counsel heading up the FCPA investigation for Layne Christensen. I discuss with Russ the fabulous he was able to achieve, a Declination to Prosecute from the DOJ and...more

DOJ’s Marshall Miller: You’re All FCPA Lawyers Now

Marshall Miller, the Justice Department’s principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, has been heating up the compliance conference circuit in recent weeks. On September 17th, it was the Global...more

Tommy Lewis, Dicky Maegle and the DOJ Call for Individual Prosecutions

Tommy Lewis died this week. For those of you uninitiated in college football, Lewis was an Alabama football player who jumped up off the Alabama bench to tackle Rice University halfback Dicky Maegle, who was scampering...more

Government's Message to Corporate America — "We Want Your Whistleblowers!"

On September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower announced that it had issued a $30 million bounty payment to a foreign whistleblower. This award is more than double the...more

How To Strengthen Your Ethics And Compliance Policy Management

People say that hindsight is 20/20. I’d say from my experiences its true. If only we could have 20/20 vision before an incident occurs, think of all the heartaches and headaches we could avoid. It would be especially helpful...more

TNG Premiers and Internal Controls for Gifts in a Best Practices Compliance Program

This week, 27 years ago, Star Trek – The Next Generation (TNG) made its television debut. Rarely has there a follow up to a beloved original series (Star Trek – The Original Series (TOS)) that is equally treasured by fans. ...more

The Houston Astros and a Compliance Defense in the FCPA

The Astros act like a corporation and like almost all corporations they look to pay the absolute cheapest that they can to get something. Those who advocate that there be a compliance defense added to the FCPA miss this...more

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