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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Is Anti-Corruption a Business or Legal Issue?

On June 5, 2014, Philippe Montigny, President of Ethic Intelligence (www.ethic-intelligence.com) asks exactly that question in an editorial. My own perspective of compliance remains much along the lines of those such as Mr....more

The Long Arm of the FCPA: Former BizJet CEO Arrested in Amsterdam, Pleads Guilty in Oklahoma

On July 24, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Bernd Kowalewski, the former president and chief executive officer of BizJet International Sales and Support Inc. (“BizJet”), pleaded guilty to conspiracy to...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #42

We are pleased to present the 42nd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address controversies involving Google and privacy rights, the Foreign...more

Stacking the Deck: SEC’s Use of Administrative Proceedings

The SEC has a real perception problem. They cannot win in court. Whether this is fair or not, the SEC needs to move beyond this fear of losing since it only undermines the integrity of its enforcement program....more

Rationalizing Bribery: Corruption Has No Witness.

This is part three of my four part series on how I "Rationalized Bribery." It addresses the reality that there are usually no witnesses to overseas discussions involving an actual or potentially corrupt transaction....more

Bringing It All Home, the Two Tough Cookies Wrap It Up For You, Part II

This one is tough, especially in global organizations. In many countries, you simply cannot run a background check, as criminal records are not public. In others, you can run them, but the criminal offense must be related to...more

SEC Settlement: The FCPA Risks of Entering New Markets

Entering into new, international markets may be good for developing business, but it also carries certain risks. This is particularly true in many countries where doing business may include making gifts, paying gratuities and...more

Guns and More Guns: SEC Hits Smith & Wesson for FCPA Violations

One thing the SEC likes to do is bring cases with a lot of deterrent value. That is, cases that it hopes will scare other people and companies into complying with the law. Often that means cases with large price tags...more

FCPA Mid-Year Assessments

The Internet is littered with FCPA Mid-Year Assessments and reports on enforcement activity and so-called trends and developments. Talk about making mountains out of molehills. Some of the reports are excellent; others are...more

Corruption Risks in Pharma Manufacturing in Russia

The Russian government has targeted the pharmaceutical industry for growth and development, adopting a program Pharma 2020 Strategy. This program aims to improve the competitiveness of the Russian pharmaceutical industry and...more

Code of Conduct, Compliance Policies and Procedures-Part IV

This is the fourth and final installment of my series on the the importance of a Code of Conduct and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures in your compliance program and how you should go about drafting or...more

Global Boardroom Risk Solutions Newsletter

Now more than ever, there is a need for risk solutions in the boardroom. Any organization can be faced with a significant crisis, whether a fraud investigation, a regulatory infringement, allegations of anticompetitive...more

Rationalizing Risk: Compliance as "Bonus Prevention"

As part of my series on “Rationalizing Bribery,” I now turn to the issue of personal incentive compensation. As tweeted by Ben DiPietro, @BenDiPietro1, Wall Street Journal Reporter, during my interview at the Dow Jones Global...more

Code of Conduct, Compliance Policies and Procedures-Part II

This week, I am reviewing the importance of a Code of Conduct and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures in your compliance program and how you should go about drafting or updating Code of Conduct and...more

Rationalizing Bribery: A Perfect Storm from the Field of International Sales

On April 23, 2014 I was interviewed by Chris Matthews, Wall Street Journal Reporter, at the Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium, in a keynote interview entitled "Informing on Bribery." The session started by discussing...more

Shearman & Sterling's Recent Trends and Patterns in the Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)/FCPA Digest

In this issue: - Recent Trends and Patterns in FCPA Enforcement - Recent Trends and Patterns in FCPA Enforcement Enforcement - Actions and Strategies - Statistics - Types of Settlements...more

Code of Conduct, Compliance Policies and Procedures-Part I

For the remainder of this week, I will have a four-part episode on your Code of Conduct and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures. In today’s post I will review the underlying legal and statutory basis for the...more

Marubeni: FCPA Repeat Offender

In this era of aggressive FCPA enforcement, there are critics who have suggested that the Department of Justice should concentrate its prosecutions on individuals rather than imposing ever-increasing criminal fines on...more

Looking Back on Johnny Winter and GSK’s 2001 China Bribery Scandal

Interestingly, there was an article in the Financial Times (FT) by Demetri Sevastopulo and Andrew Ward, entitled “GSK admits to 2001 Chinese bribery scandal”, which reported that the UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 77World Cup Report-Part VII, with Mike Brown [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, Mike Brown and I conclude our World Cup Report series. We continue our look at some of the compliance and ethics lessons from the recently concluded World Cup. ...more

Foreign Pink Sheets Companies and the FCPA

Penny stock companies have been much in the news recently. They can be tough entities for law enforcement to look into given that their officers and directors are often not inclined to cooperate with government...more

World Cup Finale – Compliance Lessons to be learned from Success and Failure

Over the past few weeks, I have written several articles on the lessons a compliance practitioner can draw from this year’s World Cup and the international group which runs the event, the Fédération Internationale de Football...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 18, 2014)

The SEC’s insider trading probe regarding the House Ways and Means Committee and a senior staff member, also involves 44 investment funds and other entities, according to a Bloomberg news report citing recently filed court...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 76-World Cup Report-Part VI [Video]

In this episode, which is the first of a two part series, Mike Brown and I begin to wrap up some of our thoughts and take-aways from the recent World Cup. We discuss anti-bribery and anti-corruption in the context of the...more

Monitoring and Auditing Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program  [Video]

Companies have designed and implemented anti-corruption compliance programs. An important element of an effective compliance program is monitoring and auditing the program to identify issues for improvement. Working in...more

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