Facilitation Payments

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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

Canada Redoubles Efforts at Combating Foreign Bribery and Corruption: Officers and Directors of Canadian Businesses Warned to...

Within days of successfully imposing a fine in the amount of $10.3 million against Griffiths Energy pursuant to the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), the Canadian government announced on February 5,...more

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