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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Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn, Part IV – Testing, Peer Groups and Talent Development

Today we celebrate the conquest of what the Tibetans call “Mother Goddess of the Land” and what the rest of us call Mount Everest. For on this date in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese...more

US China Trade War — TPA Passes Senate–Developments in Trade, Customs, IP/337, Antitrust and Securities

The major trade issue is Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the Trans Pacific Partnership. On May 22, 2015, after another close cloture vote, the TPA bill passed the Senate by a majority vote of 62 to 37 votes. The...more

Another SEC FCPA Action Tied to Hospitality

Hospitality and effective compliance procedures are often critical issues when dealing with government officials. Those two issues came into sharp focus in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. In the Matter of BHP Billiton Ltd., Adm....more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #5

SEC Enforcement Action on FCPA Compliance – Check the Box Is Not Enough. On May 20 the SEC announced that global resources company BHP Billiton had agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it had violated the...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part III – The Desktop Risk Assessment

I continue my exploration of actions you can take to improve your compliance program during an economic downturn with a review of what my colleague Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Dresser-Rand, called the...more

[Webinar] Anti-Corruption Third-Party Due Diligence - June 4, 11:00 EDT

Due diligence on third parties, business partners and potential acquisition targets is essential in order to effectively manage corruption-related risk. With the majority of FCPA enforcement activity in recent years focused...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part II – The Golden Gate Bridge and Employment Separation – Hotlines and Whistleblowers During Layoffs

I use the Golden Gate Bridge as an entrée to my continued discussion on the series on steps that you can use in your compliance program if you find yourself, your company or your industry in an economic downturn. Whether you...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part I – Mapping of Your Internal Compliance Controls

This week I will present a series on steps that you can take in your compliance program if you find yourself, your company or your industry in an economic downturn. All of the recommendations I will make are ideas that have...more

Texas Supreme Court: Companies Shielded from Defamation Claims for Statements in Internal Investigation Reports

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court joined the majority of jurisdictions in holding that a company enjoys an absolute privilege when providing the Department of Justice (DOJ) with an internal investigation report containing...more

Why Did BHP Billiton Settle an FCPA Case Including 7+ Year-Old Conduct?

Remember the Water Cube from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? BHP Billiton has probably had reason to think about it recently. On Wednesday it settled an FCPA case with the SEC arising out of the company’s sponsoring the...more

On the Oregon Trail: the BHP Enforcement Action and High-Risk Hospitality

The settlers who took off on this Great Emigration on the Oregon Trail did not have anything in the way of a road map. Fortunately for the modern day anti-corruption compliance practitioner, you do have road maps that can...more

4 Questions to Ask When You Learn of Potential FCPA Violation

You can add this blog posting to my tagged category – “profound grasps of the obvious.” If you are brave and willing to succumb to yet another in this series, please read on. Much has been written about how to conduct...more

Does the SEC Want Issuers to Self-Report Everything?

Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement delivered remarks at a conference where he addressed the SEC’s cooperation program. Much of the focus was on the benefits of self-reporting and cooperation in...more

Compliance Week 2015 Wrap Up

Compliance Week 2015 has ended. This year was the tenth anniversary of the annual conference and in many ways I found it to be the best one yet. Matt Kelly and his team put together a conference and experience, which was...more

SEC Charges Australian Mining Company for FCPA Violations Arising from Its Hospitality Program at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a $25 million settlement with Australian mining company BHP Billiton (the "Company") to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) charges...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 160-Compliance Week 2015 Wrap Up with Mike Volkov and Jay Rosen [Video]

In this episode, Jay Rosen and Mike Volkov help me to wrap up the Compliance Week 2015 conference which just concluded in Washington DC. ...more

[Webinar] Mid-Sized Companies and Anti-Corruption: How to manage corruption risks with limited resources - May 28, 11:00 am EST

Instances of corruption can have a significant impact on a company’s finances and reputation. With international anti-bribery enforcement actions on the rise, it is essential for companies to implement an anti-corruption risk...more

Preventing the Worst: Stopping Obvious and Bold FCPA Violations by Executives

Last year, a number of corruption cases, both individual prosecutions and suits against companies, revolved around the behavior of senior executives. While third parties can often be the vehicle companies use to funnel bribe...more

Levi Strauss and Auditing of Third Parties

Today we celebrate innovation. On this day in 1873, a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets was granted. This marked the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: the blue jeans. Jacob Davis, a...more

Why Reputation Risk is Quickly Climbing the Ethics and Compliance Priority List, Part 3 | Beyond Compliance Training

So far in this series, we’ve discussed why companies are adopting a more public focus on ethics and compliance, how reputational risk can impact a company and its brand, and the first three elements of a five-part framework...more

A CCO Job Function: Managing Talent

Garo Yepremian died this past week. For anyone who grew up watching National Football League (NFL) games in the late 1960s or 1970s; this was a name quite familiar to you even if you had trouble pronouncing it. Yepremian was...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Recent Prosecutions and Settlements: FCPA Enforcement Trends and Developments: Recent U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement trends include the growing importance of corporate...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 159-Alison Taylor on the intersection of CSR and the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I visit with Alison Taylor of BSR about the organizational behavior issues around bribery and corruption and the intersection of Corporate Social Responsibility and the FCPA. ...more

DOJ Criminal Investigations: “Boiling the Ocean” and Other Fish Tales (Part II of IV)

The old maxim – “Justice delayed is justice denied” – is a powerful statement relating to our criminal justice system. A subject of a criminal investigation – corporate or individual — undergoes enormous stress from a...more

DOJ: Companies Need Not Expend Exorbitant Fees to Get Full Cooperation Credit

During an FCPA panel event, the Chief of the US Department of Justice’s Fraud Section advised companies to conduct “targeted” FCPA investigations, dismissing the suggestion that companies must spend hundreds of millions of...more

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