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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Blood on the Tracks Hits No. 1 and the Lessons Learned from SciClone

On this week in 1975, Bob Dylan’s 15th studio album, Blood on the Tracks, reached the Number 1 album slot on the Billboard charts. This was in spite of no song rising above the 31st slot on the single charts. It came out in...more

Germany-Based Software Company Settles Bribery Case with SEC for $3.7 Million

On February 1, the SEC agreed to a $3.7 million settlement with a Germany-based software company regarding allegations that it violated the FCPA regarding the payment and offer of bribes to senior Panamanian government...more

California-Based Pharmaceutical Company Settles with SEC Regarding FCPA Offenses in China

On February 4, the SEC settled FCPA allegations with a California-based pharmaceutical company with a cease and desist order finding that the company violated the FCPA’s anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls...more

Spud Webb and Corporate Culture

On this day 30 years ago, history was made when Spud Webb won the 3rd NBA Slam Dunk contest. Webb joined future Hall-of-Famers Michael Jordan, who won the inaugural contest in 1984, and Dominic Wilkins, who won the second...more

Compliance Challenge: The Links Between Corruption and Human Trafficking

Companies are increasingly being required to disclose how they assess and respond to the risks of human trafficking in their product supply chains. Statutes like the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the U.K....more

SciClone Pharmaceuticals: A Textbook Case of FCPA Violations for Gifts, Meals, Entertainment and Travel

The Securities and Exchange Commission continues its steady march as the prominent FCPA enforcement agency against corporations.  The Justice Department has not brought any enforcement actions this year and continues to...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: recent developments with regard to a major Alien Tort Statute...more

Hammerin’ Hank and Technological Fraud in Cycling

On this day in 1934, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron was born; who for my money is the greatest home run hitter ever. He began his professional baseball career in 1952 in the Negro League but soon joined the Milwaukee Braves of the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another group of settled actions under its initiative regarding municipal bond underwriters. This time a group of fourteen actions were filed. Each centered largely on claims that the underwriter failed...more

Reflections on the SEC- FCPA Enforcement Action Against SAP

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement journey, which began last summer with the guilty plea of Vicente Garcia for the payment of bribes to obtain contracts in Panama for his employer, SAP International, ended...more

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2015 Developments and Predictions for 2016

I. Introduction: Enforcement Trends and Priorities - Among other significant developments, 2015 saw the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ” or the “Department”) document a policy priority of holding individuals...more

Cooperation Yields No Penalty in SEC FCPA Settlement

The SEC filed another settled FCPA proceeding in which cooperation substantially mitigated the sanctions. Specifically, a monetary penalty was not imposed on the firm in view of its cooperation, although the company did not...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Convicted Printing Company Ordered to Pay £2.2 Million - On January 8, 2016, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that Smith & Ouzman Ltd, a U.K. security printing company, was...more

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Emphasizes Priority to Bring Enforcement Actions for Commercial Bribery under U.S....

Black’s Law Dictionary defines commercial bribery as “[a] form of corrupt and unfair trade practice in which an employee accepts a gratuity to act against the best interest of his employer.” Commercial bribery is illegal...more

Corruption and Foreign Government Institutions

The FCPA can create a very one-sided view of corruption. The bribe payer is punished and most times the recipient is not. The Justice Department has used creative approaches to ensnare recipients as in the Direct Partners...more

2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, a Vital Anti-Bribery Compliance Tool, Highlights Global Corruption Risks for Corporations

On January 27, 2016, Transparency International released its 2015 update to its annual “Corruption Perceptions Index” (“CPI”), a vital resource for corporate anti-corruption compliance efforts. The 2015 CPI rates 168...more

Global Focus on Anti-Corruption Continues: Transparency International Releases Corruption Perceptions Index 2015

On January 27, 2016, Transparency International published its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015. The 2015 edition ranks 168 countries based on the perceived level of corruption in the country’s public sector....more

Data Analytics Week – Part V: Bribes on the Other Side of the Ledger and Best Practices Going Forward

I end my review of the types of data analysis that can be used to help detect or prevent bribery through the case studies from Joe Oringel, co-founder and Managing Director of Visual Risk IQ, a firm that helps audit and...more

Data Analytics Week – Part IV: Third Parties and Duplicate Invoices

I continue my exploration of the use of data analytics in a best practices compliance program. Today we look at how data analytics can be used to help detect or prevent bribery and corruption where the primary sales force...more

Focusing on Internal Investigations

A speak up culture is an important component of a company’s commitment to organizational justice. All of the pieces of an internal justice system have to fit together and are interdependent. When one part does not work, the...more

Top Compliance Issues Facing Manufacturers in 2016

In the last several years, the U.S. has been aggressively enforcing laws governing exports and international conduct. This is amply illustrated by the continuing imposition of large penalties on multinational companies for...more

CFPB Releases Fall 2015 Report Touting Recovery of Millions Through Supervisory Actions

On November 3, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its fall 2015 supervisory report concerning enforcement actions from May 2015 through August 2015. The Bureau highlights violations in the mortgage...more

Prosecuting Individuals – The Coming Wave

When the Justice Department adopts new strategies and policies, it takes time for results. Rest assured, however, that the Justice Department’s focus on individual accountability is going to have real and significant...more

Data Analysis Week – Part I: What is Data Analysis in Compliance?

This week I will begin a five-series exploring data analysis and how it can be used by the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner to support a best practices compliance program under the Foreign Corrupt...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - January 2016

The FCPA in 2016: DOJ and SEC Focus on International Cooperation and Investigation of Individuals - Why it matters: As we reported in our December 2015 newsletter, both SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney and DOJ...more

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