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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Ruth Rendell and Developing Better Compliance Solutions

Ruth Rendell died this past weekend. Along with Patricia Cornwell, she was one of the two greatest mystery writers for the past couple of decades. I thoroughly enjoyed her books which, as her New York Times (NYT) obituary...more

Episode 155-Mara Senn on FCPA Investigations and the Decision to Self-Disclose [Video]

In this episode I visit with Mara Senn, a partner at Arnold & Porter on how to think through a FCPA investigation and she provides a decision making calculus on how to make a decision...more

Schlumberger OFAC Enforcement Action – A New Threat?

I have been writing lately about the rise of OFAC sanctions enforcement. OFAC and the Justice Department have started to build a close working relationship similar to that between the SEC and the Justice Department relating...more

European M+A News, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - European M&A Dos and Don’ts for Non-European Buyers - Current Developments Prospects of a Trade Agreement Between the EU and Japan - Noteworthy Deals Intel Buys German Chipmaker...more

Bribery Settlements in 2014: A Record-Setting Year

Corporations facing bribery charges under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) will pay significantly higher fines to resolve their cases, at least if recent settlements are a reliable guide. Last year, FCPA...more

King Arthur Week – The Quest for the Holy Grail and Compliance Defense – Part V

We conclude our Arthurian themed week with the Holy Grail, which has fired the imagination of artists for millennia. What was the Holy Grail? According to Professor Dorsey Armstrong in her Teaching Company lecture series,...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month in anticorruption developments, Canadian transportation giant faces scrutiny for alleged bribery in South...more

King Arthur Week – The Round Table and Compliance Professionals and Lawyers as Whistleblowers – Part III

Today we use King Arthur’s Round Table as the entry into our topic. The Round Table is the famous table around which he and his Knights congregated. Its shape implies that everyone who sits there has equal status. Wace, who...more

King Arthur Week – the Pentecostal Oath and Code of Conduct – Part II

The foundational document of any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program is its Code of Conduct. This requirement has long been memorialized in the US Sentencing Guidelines, which contain seven basic...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 154-Compliance Leadership-Persuasion, Influence, Tools & Tips, Skills and Tips [Video]

In this episode, I discuss some of the tools which a compliance practitioner or CCO can use to further compliance in an organization. ...more

The DOJ Sends Strong Messages Regarding Corporate Cooperation in Criminal Matters

During prepared remarks in April 2015, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell discussed corporate cooperation in criminal FCPA investigations. AAG Caldwell emphasized that a company’s self-disclosure of issues to the...more

Compliance: It Starts With A Village

A few weeks ago I had Mike Kenealy, COO of Insiders Integrity engage in a Q and A on “Just ‘Say No’ to Bribery but Prepare First. A Front Line Story,”. Last week, Mike shared with me a pro-bono project that he had sA few...more

King Arthur Week, King Arthur and Leadership – Part I

I have been studying the legend of King Arthur and thought it would be good idea to have a week of blog posts around the legend of King Arthur, the Roundtable and his knights. Today I begin with King Arthur and some...more

FCPA Enforcement – Watching the Enforcement River Flow

FCPA investigations are complex, time-intensive and far-reaching. They take time and resources. DOJ and the SEC have been criticized lately for failing to move their cases in a timely fashion. Criminal Division AAG Leslie...more

When Designing Your Compliance Training Program, Consider When NOT to Train

Have you considered the topics that you’re NOT going to train your employees on this year? It’s easy to think of all the topics you know you want to cover – or are legally required to cover; the reasons for these courses,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 153-Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn [Video]

The energy industry is in turmoil from the drop in the price of oil from $100 down to around $50 per barrel. Many energy companies have laid off up to 30% of their workforce. What can you do from the compliance perspective...more

Interview with James Koukios

Ed. Note-today I continue my series of interviews with people prominent in the FCPA space. Today is James Koukios, formerly a Manager in the DOJ’s FCPA unit, who recently went into private practice at Morrison & Foerster....more

Austin City Limits and Asking Questions to Boost Your Compliance Program

Bill Arhos died recently. While his name is not a household word across the country, his progeny certainly is for he was the founder of the longest running live musical show on PBS television Austin City Limits. As was noted...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary...more

Not Necessary to “Boil the Ocean” in FCPA Internal Investigations

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell recently gave her views on the proper scope of internal investigations regarding FCPA matters. In her views she noted...more

The Petrobras Scandal and Corruption of Political Parties Under the FCPA

When does bribery and corruption move from a business issue to a political issue to a national issue? Why should US companies be held to the gold standard of anti-corruption laws? Should the US government even care if US...more

Internal Investigations and Cooperation Credit in FCPA Investigations

Cooperation credit and conducting internal investigations were key themes in recent remarks by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell at New York University Law School’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement...more

SEC Looks to Increase Focus on Enforcement of FCPA Accounting Provisions

Government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) typically involves both criminal charges pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last...more

What Are Your Company's New Disclosure Obligations in China? – Potential Anti-Corruption Compliance Implications

In 2014, China adopted regulations intended to update and streamline company periodic reporting obligations. The regulations include a new obligation for compulsory interim disclosure of penalties imposed by PRC regulators...more

A Neglected Compliance Task: Program Assessments

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. – Groucho Marx - Sometimes compliance practitioners miss the forest from the trees. They can get lost in the details of their...more

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