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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Canada’s New Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act and its Implications for Companies Subject to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt...

On June 1, 2015, Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (“ESTMA” or “the Act”) came into force. Approved in December 2014, but not in force until this month, the Act requires companies in the extractive sector...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed three actions following-up on its settled proceeding against Oppenheimer for selling millions of shares of unregistered penny stocks. Each individual settled with the agency. In addition, the Commission brought...more

The Kitchen Debate Presages the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report

On this day in 1959, occurred one of the more iconic events of the Cold War, that being the Kitchen Debate between US Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. It was called ‘The Kitchen Debate’...more

Selecting Compliance Counsel

I have often wondered who is FCPA Inc. and perhaps even how I might join this seemingly august fraternity if they do allegedly make so much money, as some commentators regularly deride FCPA Inc. for the seemingly outlandish...more

China’s Focus on Combatting Commercial Bribery Is a Wake-Up Call

Earlier this month, six former employees of Tencent Holdings (Tencent), including Liu Chunning, a now high-level executive of Alibaba Group, were detained by Chinese authorities as part of a bribery investigation relating to...more

Breaking Down Compliance: The Keys to Creating a Successful Compliance Program—As Told through the Letters of COMPLIANCE

Still being a young role and profession, many people are working to define what makes a successful compliance professional and program, and what can help them improve. After traveling the country for the past few months at...more

Cooperation, the SEC and FOIA

A critical part of cooperating with an SEC or DOJ investigation for FCPA or other possible violations is the production of documents. In order for the company to assess what happened it must conduct an internal investigation...more

3 Ways to Improve Compliance Training

As the compliance profession matures and evolves, the elements of an effective compliance program follow a similar pattern. Compliance training programs have become more sophisticated over the last five years, as...more

Farewell to Moe Green and the Promise to Pay a Bribe Under the FCPA

Moe Green died again yesterday but this time he was not shot through the glasses, it was from cancer and the fictional Las Vegas mobster lived to the ripe old age of 79. Of course I am referring to “Alex Rocco, the veteran...more

E-Discovery: If you can’t take the data to the tools, take the tools to the data

Today we welcome Jo Sherman, CEO, EDT Inc. to share some of her thoughts on the challenge of international investigations and data collection/analysis. Given the challenges of discovery and data collection across borders in...more

Lack of Bribery Act Awareness by One-Third of UK Small Businesses Poses Risk for Partners

A U.K.-government-commissioned survey of 500 businesses known as “small and medium sized enterprises” (SMEs) in the United Kingdom released in July 2015 found that more than one-third of the businesses had never heard of the...more

DOJ–Louis Berger, Two Executives Resolve FCPA Charges

The DOJ resolved another FCPA action with the company entering into a deferred prosecution agreement, paying a criminal fine and agreeing to the imposition of a monitor after self reporting and cooperating. Two of the firm’s...more

Louis Berger International Pays $17 Million Penalty for FCPA Violation

On July 17, 2015, Louis Berger International, Inc., a New Jersey-based construction management company, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice under which it agreed to pay a $17.1...more

Anti Bribery Compliance Tactics Learned Behind Bars | 6 Ways to Protect Your Front-Line Employees from Temptation (Part 3)

“Bribery is a crime of opportunity,” says Matt Ellis, author of How to Pay a Bribe. Two parties in the right place at the right time could convince themselves that the benefits of any deal far outweigh the risks and...more

Great Structures Week V – The Tacoma Narrow Bridge Failure and Preventing Failure in Your Compliance Program

I conclude my Great Structures Week with a focus on structural engineering failures: suspension bridges and the challenges of wind in their construction and maintenance. I am drawing these posts from The Great Courses...more

Great Structures Week IV – The Gothic Cathedral and Compliance Incentives

I continue my Great Structures Week with focus on great structural engineering and its innovations in the medieval world – that being the Gothic Cathedral. I am drawing these posts from The Great Courses offering, entitled...more

Great Structures Week III – The Roman Arch and Resourcing Your Compliance Program

I continue my Great Structures Week with focus on structural engineering innovations from ancient Rome. I am drawing these posts from The Teaching Company course, entitled “Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures:...more

Great Structures Week II – Structures from Ancient Egypt and Greece

I continue my Great Structures Week with a focus on great structures from the earliest times, ancient Egypt and Greece. I am drawing these posts from The Teaching Company course, entitled “Understanding the World’s Greatest...more

Great Structures Week I: Vitruvius, the Brooklyn Bridge and Compliance

I recently completed a course from The Teaching Company, entitled “Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity”, taught by Professor Stephen Ressler. It was a wonderful...more

Private Equity FCPA Enforcement

FCPA enforcement efforts are not so hard to follow and predict – the government likes to provide advance warnings as an effective means of deterrence. Justice Department and SEC officials will often tell the public their...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 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

June FCPA Compliance Digest | BONUS: Global Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering News

I love writing articles where I get to discuss companies making history. PetroTiger has been exonerated from criminal FCPA prosecution by the DOJ. That’s only happened once before, in the case of Morgan Stanley....more

How Companies Could Avoid “Paper” Compliance in New Ukraine? Try Acting Rather Than Talking

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from two noted compliance practitioners from Ukraine, Timur Khasanov-Batirov and Andriy Selepey who discuss the dangers of a paper compliance program. Corruption is the main problem...more

The Third Man and the Authority of Chief Compliance Officers

Harry Lime is back, although he really never left us. As reported by Kristin M. Jones in a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article, entitled “Harry Lime Reborn”, the glorious British film noir The Third Man, written by Gra ham...more

Chamber of Commerce Airs Grievances Related To Internal Controls Inspections

In recent months, issues related to internal control systems and reporting have taken on an increased profile and significance. For example, as previously noted by the authors here and here, the SEC has sought to prioritize...more

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