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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This Week In Securities Litigation

Merrill Lynch was at the center of actions brought by the SEC and FINRA this week. One action charged the firm with violations of the customer protection rule tied to using customer cash and failing to protect their...more

Compliance Training – Part III: Effectiveness and Evaluation

This week, I am exploring issues related to compliance and ethics training, inspired by an article in the online publication, Slate, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, by author L.V. Anderson. Today I...more

DOJ - SEC Resolve FCPA Actions – Consider Cooperation

A Massachusetts based medical imaging company resolved FCPA charges with the DOJ and the SEC stemming from actions taken by its Danish subsidiary and its CFO. The actions center on about 180 suspicious transactions in Russia...more

Compliance Training – Part II: Risk Ranking and Design

Yesterday I began what I thought would be a two-part series on compliance training.However, or perhaps more accurately, as usual, I got carried away so I am now off on a multi-part series on how to design, implement and...more

Compliance Training, Part I

In a recent Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, author L.V. Anderson railed against what she termed box-checking training where companies put on training not to actually train employees...more

Goldman Trial in London – See Any FCPA Issues?

It has been known for some time that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been investigating investment banks over their dealings with the Libyan sovereign wealth fund, known as...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - June 2016

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

Father’s Day and Compliance?

I really never thought much about the connection until I read an article (on Father’s Day) in the June 2016 Issue of the Harvard Business Review, Managing the High Intensity Workplace, by Erin Reid and Lakshmi Ramarajan. The...more

SEC Highlights Model Response to Evidence of FCPA Violations, Announces Non-Prosecution Agreements

On June 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced two non-prosecution agreements (NPAs) following a pair of investigations into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Both companies...more

Guidance on Effective Self-Disclosure of FCPA Violations for Life Sciences Companies

Every life sciences company with international operations should have a robust Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program as part of its overall compliance strategy. On April 5, 2016, the Justice Department...more

The UK Bribery Act: SFO Procedures and DPA Process

A couple of recent articles about the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) caught my attention. One was on thebriberyact.com, entitled “Opinion: DPA’s must show greater benefits. We discuss the Criteria & Process for a DPA set out...more

Defining “Effective” Ethics and Compliance Programs

The compliance profession faces many challenges. Some are more important than others. When it comes to evaluating performance, or measuring compliance programs, the profession has a steep uphill climb....more

Mainbrace: June 2016 (No. 3)

As the July 1, 2016, effective date for the SOLAS Regulation VI/2 amendments quickly approaches, unanswered questions and difficulties complying with varied international and domestic implementations loom large. In an effort...more

The Damaging Myth of the Rogue Employee

As long as 24 years ago, Lynn S. Paine wrote about the myth of the rogue employee in the Harvard Business Review (HBR), in an article entitled “Managing for Organizational Integrity”. In this article she wrote, “executives...more

Akamai and Nortek – DOJ Touts Declinations Under FCPA Pilot Program

DOJ’s FCPA Unit knows what they are doing. In the immediate weeks after the release of the FCPA Pilot Program, DOJ publicly released two declination letters for Akamai Technologies and Nortek, Inc. and the SEC announced...more

6 Steps for Complying with the DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program

On May 19, we outlined the contours of the new pilot program for the voluntary disclosure of Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) violations, which is part of the newly released FCPA Enforcement Plan and Guidance from the...more

How to garner a NPA and Declination: Akamai and Nortek – Part III

Today I conclude my three-part series on the Nortek, Inc. (Nortek) and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Akamai) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions. These enforcement actions resulted in excellent results for...more

The “Economic Costs” of Compliance Mandates

I always enjoy economists and the rigor of economic analysis. It has a logic all its own. Economic theory reveals the power of incentives and disincentives. Many critics of economic theory fail to see how it applies to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The elements of an insider trading claim continued to be a key focus this week. The first circuit, following prior circuit precedent, held that a personal benefit based on a long term friendship and a steak dinner was...more

How to garner a NPA and Declination: Akamai and Nortek – Part II

Yesterday, I began a three-part series on how two companies, which came to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) grief in China for bribery within their Chinese business units, received the rather stunning results of both Non...more

DOJ Announces First Declinations After Implementing FCPA Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its first set of public declinations since its April unveiling of a new self-reporting Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) pilot program. On June 7, 2016, Akamai Technologies,...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - June 2016

Eye on the Supreme Court—Corruption and Fraud Edition - Why it matters: This session, the Supreme Court has undertaken the review of numerous cases that raise thorny issues arising in the white collar context. In our...more

USDOJ Beefs Up FCPA Efforts

In April, the Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice announced several measures designed to enhance its effort to discover and prosecute violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). See, 15 U.S.C....more

How to garner a NPA and Declination: Akamai and Nortek – Part I

It certainly did not take long for companies to see the benefit of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Pilot Program around FCPA enforcement as this week there where two public declinations...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 258-using data, data analytics and data analysis in your compliance programs [Video]

In this episode, I consider how a CCO can use data in a best practices compliance program. ...more

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