The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is a United States Federal law enacted in 1974 to create transparency and prevent bribery for U.S.-based corporations conducting business overseas.
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COSO and Internal Controls, Part II

This post continues my exploration of internal controls and how companies can demonstrate compliance with the internal controls requirement under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by adherence to the COSO 2013...more

Welcome to COSO and the World of Internal Controls – Part I

I have intentionally avoided a Top Five or Top Ten prediction list for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement going forward from 2014 into 2015. However there is one area of FCPA enforcement, which I think underwent...more

"United States: International Cooperation, Anti-Corruption and Tax Remain Key Issues for Enforcement Authorities"

U.S. authorities continue to aggressively pursue cross-border investigations and to scrutinize closely the compliance programs of multinational corporations. Investigative activity by U.S. authorities in 2014 was particularly...more

Franchising and Liability Under the FCPA

I am often asked about franchisor liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Franchising has been a successful model in the US and now many corporations are looking at overseas expansion opportunities....more

Recorded Conversations with In-House Counsel Permitted as Evidence in FCPA Trial

Earlier this month, a federal judge in New Jersey held that a secretly recorded conversation between a former chief executive officer and his general counsel may be used by prosecutors as evidence against the former executive...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 125, The Oscars and Compliance, Part II with Jay Rosen [Video]

In this Part II of my five part series on the Oscars and Compliance, Jay Rosen and I take a look at the pre-Oscar awards and consider how a language assessment should related to your overall compliance risk assessment. ...more

White Collar Crime and Securities Enforcement: 2014 in Review

Results yielded in 2014 were mixed for the Department of Justice in the white collar arena. The government suffered a large setback in its crackdown on insider trading when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...more

Never Let Them See You Coming—Keys to Setting Up Witnesses Interviews In An Internal Investigation

“So you are the great lawyer I’ve been told about!  But, you are so young!  I was expecting an old lawyer.” With those words, the silver-haired senior-level executive of the customs broker I was investigating for bribery let...more

2014 Corruption Perceptions Index Highlights Need for Greater International Cooperation

Following the release of Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the international watchdog group urges greater international cooperation to stem corruption and abuses of power that undermine...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC named ratings giant Standard & Poor’s in three actions this week and one of its senior executives in another. The firm settled all three actions, admitting to a series of facts but not violations of the law in one...more

From NH to Hollywood and Compliance Lessons from the Twins-interview with Jay Rosen

I grew up in Manchester, NH which the largest “city” in Southern New Hampshire with 100,000 residents.  We are effectively a bedroom community of Boston, which informs my fervent support of all things Boston: baked beans and...more

Just Say No, the Power of No and Compliance

What is the first thing that you think of about Former First Lady Nancy Reagan? Right up there for me is three things actually Just Say No, which was her campaign against not only drug abuse but also premarital sex in the...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

Alstom Guilty Plea Sends Strong Message that DOJ Has Harsh View of Inadequate Internal Controls and Failure to Fully Cooperate

On December 22, 2014, French power and transportation company Alstom S.A. (“Alstom”) pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and agreed to pay $772.29 million, the largest criminal fine ever...more

Cosmetics Giant Puts Up $135 Million for FCPA Violations

The Chinese subsidiary of a major U.S. cosmetics company recently pleaded guilty to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and agreed to pay $67.7 million to settle criminal charges with the Department of...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

DOJ Kicks Off 2015 with an FCPA Enforcement Action Against a Former President of a Philadelphia Consulting Company

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) wasted no time announcing its first Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) case of 2015. On January 6, 2015, just two days into the first full week of the new year, Dmitrij Harder, the...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

Justice Department Files First FCPA Case of 2015, Reminds Lawyers to Watch Out

Last week, the Justice Department filed the first FCPA case of 2015 when it indicted Dmitrij Harder, the former owner and president the Chestnut Consulting Group in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. ...more

Reconciling Sales Strategy With FCPA Compliance

When Ethical Boardroom asked me to contribute an article on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and international sales strategies, I thought it might be interesting to include an organisational change dimension in...more

Marx Brothers Compliance Week Continues – The Stateroom Scene and High-Risk

I continue my exploration of the Marx Brothers’ movies by looking at the famous Stateroom scene from the MGM release A Night at the Opera. In researching this I was somewhat stunned to find that the scene was written and...more

DOJ Guidance Underscores Importance of Anti-corruption Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions

FCPA Opinion Release provides insight into the jurisdictional reach of the FCPA and the level of due diligence the DOJ expects. On November 7, 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its second and final...more

DOJ Announces First FCPA Enforcement Action of 2015

Last week, the Department of Justice announced the first Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action of 2015, against Dmitrij Harder, the former owner and president of the Chestnut Consulting Group. The allegations are...more

What’s the Password for Compliance? Swordfish and Lessons for the CCO

I continue my exploration of the Marx Brothers this week by looking at their most successful commercial film made for Paramount, Horse Feathers. While Duck Soup is and always will be my favorite film due to its overall and...more

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