Facilitation Payments

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Foreign Bribery: The Inquiry Briefing Paper on the Senate into Australia's Foreign Bribery Scheme

The Commonwealth Senate Standing Committee on Economics is conducting an inquiry into the scope and effectiveness of existing Australian measures to address foreign bribery. It is due to deliver its report in July 2016....more

Disclosure Rules Regarding Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Have Been “Unlawfully Withheld” by the SEC – Court Orders...

Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the SEC to file with the court an expedited schedule for promulgating final rules requiring disclosure of government payments by resource extraction issuers. The SEC has 30 days to file the...more

Our Picks for the August Top 10 Ethics and Compliance Articles You Don’t Want to Miss

With so many articles available every month, it’s possible that a few got buried in either your inbox or the depths of the blogosphere. But for professional growth (and a quick break from the daily grind), we all know it’s...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 170-Yas Froemel and Facilitation Payments [Video]

In this episode I visit with Yas Froemel, a PhD student in Germany who has developed and academic interest in facilitation payments. We discuss her work, the Anti-Corruption Forum which she founded and her upcoming conference...more

"Facilitation": A New Tool for Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement?

Recent OFAC and DOJ actions have focused on certain entities – overseas financial institutions – and particular conduct – US dollar clearing and associated “stripping.” The DOJ’s recent $232 million settlement and negotiated...more

Sanctions Enforcement – Facilitation Violations

As sanctions enforcement continues to mature, the permutations of risks become more complex. One area where companies have significant exposure is when they can be accused of “facilitation.” ...more

The End of an Era and the End of Facilitation Payments?

Two famous New Yorkers died this week. Both spoke to not only to the glamour of the Big Apple, but the city’s once undisputed crown as the cultural mecca of the US. They were Allie Sherman and Bess Myerson....more

The Global Anti-Corruption Perspective - Q3 2014

TOP 10 TIPS FOR COUNTERING SMALL BRIBES - The issue of so-called facilitation payment’ and other small bribes is a thorn in the side of many international businesses. Not only is it difficult to do business in many...more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons For Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Part Four

This is the fourth part of an occasional series. The first is available here, the second here and the third here. The entire paper will be published by Securities Regulation Law Journal early next year. The volunteer...more

Top 10 tips for countering small bribes

The issue of so-called facilitation payments and other small bribes is a thorn in the side of many international businesses. Not only is it difficult to do business in many parts of the world without making such payments, but...more

Does Your Company Still Allow Facilitation Payments?

One of the more confusing areas of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is in that of facilitation payments. Facilitation payments are small bribes but make no mistake about it, they are bribes....more

New York Federal Reserve Bank Official Questions FCPA’s “Facilitating Payments” Exception

On July 23, Thomas Baxter, General Counsel for the New York Federal Reserve Bank, in public remarks at a risk management conference, questioned the FCPA’s “exception for ‘facilitating or expediting payments’ made in...more

Ignoring The Obvious: Facilitation Payments

Chief Compliance Officers have plenty of issues to focus on when it comes to anti-corruption compliance. If you rank the risks, facilitation payments are not at the top of the list, especially if you have sales staff and...more

An Open Letter From SFO Director David Green On Facilitation Payments That You Don’t Know About

From our deck chairs we thought we’d share this with you. An open letter from David Green, Director of the SFO, in connection with facilitation payments. Originally Published on thebriberyact.com - August 22, 2013....more

Tougher Canadian Foreign Corruption Law Raises the Stakes for Officers and Directors

Canada has significantly strengthened its Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) including by adding a new offence that will expand the grounds for criminal liability for corporations and their directors, officers...more

UK Bribery Act: Red Light, Green Light or Mixed-Signals?

The UK Government has announced a review of the Bribery Act 2010 and its intent to reduce the cost of compliance for small and medium-sized businesses. The main focus will apparently be on facilitation payments. These are...more

SFO & The Bribery Act: Sector Sweeps, Facilitation Payments & London Listed Companies

News reaches us of a private small round table session put together by Transparency International and attended by some from the US FCPA white collar community (we understand Mark Mendelsohn attended) and our very own David...more

Facilitation Payments: An Intractable Problem?

It sounds easy on paper. A company announces that it has banned all facilitation payments. It is a worthy goal. It sounds admirable. The FCPA permits facilitation payments. The UK Bribery Act prohibits facilitation...more

Canadian Government Announces Proposed Amendments to Anticorruption Law

Amendments aim to improve enforcement of Canadian foreign corruption law by expanding jurisdiction, creating a books and records offense, eliminating the facilitation payments exception, redefining "business" and enforcement...more

Canada Gets Tough On Corruption

In the wake of recent anti-corruption cases brought against two Canadian companies, the Government of Canada has signaled its continuing commitment to fight foreign corruption by proposing significant amendments to the...more

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