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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Risk Assessments-the Cornerstone of Your Compliance Program, Part II

One of the questions that I hear most often is how does one actually perform a risk assessment? Mike Volkov has suggested a couple of different approaches in his article “Practical Suggestions for Conducting Risk...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 82, continued fallout from GSK in China [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I review the continued fallout from GSK in China. I discuss the trial of Mr and Mrs Humphreys and what it all means for the compliance practitioner going forward. ...more

Freedom to Retaliate against Foreign Whistleblowers May Not Be as Much Fun as It First Appears

What I’m about to say is grossly oversimplified, but here goes: The Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions have two primary prongs. The first says that an individual who voluntarily provides the SEC with original...more

Lessons Learned from the Beautiful Game: Compliance, FIFA and the World Cup

The 2014 World Cup is over and in the books. It was a great tournament for probably everyone across the globe but the host nation of Brazil. While there are many lessons to be learned from this event, the lead up to and...more

Made for the U.S.A Only: Second Circuit Holds That the Dodd-Frank Act’s Antiretaliation Provision Applies Only Domestically

According to the SEC, in fiscal year 2013, foreign whistleblowers accounted for 404 of the 3,238 whistleblower reports received by the SEC (nearly 12%). Recently, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals may have significantly...more

Risk Assessments-the Cornerstone of Your Compliance Program, Part I

One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999, in the Metcalf & Eddy enforcement action, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that risk assessments...more

Anti-Corruption Due Diligence Practical Steps to Protect Your Company from Third Party Risks [Video]

Almost every FCPA enforcement action involves misconduct by third party agents and distributors. The Justice Department and the SEC have emphasized the importance of companies conducing appropriate due diligence. In the...more

Trying Something Different – the Desktop Risk Assessment

One type of risk assessment can consist of a full-blown, worldwide exercise, where teams of lawyers and fiscal consultants travel around the globe, interviewing and auditing. However if there is one thing that I learned as a...more

3 Depressing Conclusions in E&Y’s Global Fraud Report – More Anti-Bribery Training, Internal Controls Required

I just finished reading Ernst & Young’s “Growing Beyond: A Place For Integrity”, the company’s 12th Global Fraud Survey. It’s pretty sobering, but I’m trying to find some glimmers of hope in it. Don’t get me wrong; the...more

The Whole World Is Watching Mexico In the Fight Against Corruption

I have written about business solutions to legal problems, such as the FCPA, in the energy industry here in Houston. Noted compliance practitioner Scott Killingsworth made similar observations on compliance covenants in...more

Bribery, Twice Removed

Charles Duross is the head of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Anti-Corruption Practice. He is the former head of the Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit, where he took a leading role in developing and...more

FCPA Compliance Programs A Review of Best Practices [Video]

In response to aggressive FCPA enforcement, the compliance industry has embraced innovative strategies and tools. Whether your company is large, medium or small, it is important to stay abreast of industry best practices....more

Fine Tuning Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program [Video]

In this era of aggressive FCPA enforcement, companies are adopting anti-corruption compliance programs. The Department of Justice and the SEC have warned companies against adopting "paper compliance programs" without...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 80, Interview with the FCPA Professor, Part I [Video]

In this Part I of a two-part interview with the FCPA Professor, we visit about his new book, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a New Era. ...more

Be Careful Where You Whistle While You Work: Courts Impose Limits on Dodd-Frank's Protection for FCPA Whistleblowers

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was heralded as providing whistle-blowing employees protection from retaliation by their employers. In Liu v. Siemens AG, handed down last week, the Second Circuit...more

The Double Whammy: Cubist’s Recent FCPA Disclosure

In the FCPA enforcement world, corporate disclosures of potential violations carrying significant messages. Cubist Pharmaceuticals (Cubist) disclosed in a Form 10-Q that its subsidiary, which it acquired last year...more

SEC FCPA Settlement Sends Wake-Up Call to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

On July 28, 2014, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (“Smith & Wesson”), the firearms manufacturer based in Springfield, Massachusetts, agreed to resolve charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for...more

Voyager II Launches and The FCPA Professor’s New Book

Many readers of this blog will recall that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is 37 years old this year. Perhaps less might remember that also 37 years ago, NASA launched Voyager II, which was an unmanned spacecraft. ...more

Second Circuit Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

Creating an Integrated Due Diligence System - Screening to Audits [Video]

Almost every FCPA enforcement action involves violations committed by third-party agents, consultants and distributors. Many companies have instituted due diligence procedures to screen third-parties, consultants and...more

A Surprise in Progressive Rock – FCPA Internal Investigations

The case has a long involved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) history. It involves Panalpina and its customer Shell. David Smyth, in his great blog Cady Bar the Door, reported, in a post entitled “Texas Court of Appeals...more

Second Circuit Holds Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provision Does Not Apply Extraterritorially

Last week, in Liu v. Siemens, AG, the Second Circuit held that the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower retaliation provision (15 U.S.C. 78u-6(h)(1)) does not apply extraterritorially, in the first Second Circuit decision to...more

How Can Global Corporations Afford (or Afford Not) To Employ Professional Language Solution Providers

It seems like a daily occurrence that news organizations and blogs (this one included) report that global corporation XYZ, Inc. has run afoul of FCPA statutes somewhere in the world. The next few paragraphs will recount the...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - 2014 Mid-Year Update

The first half of 2014 has seen several important developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) as well as other anti-corruption laws worldwide. The FCPA has been in existence for more than 35...more

The Crime-Fraud Exception: Open Questions for the Supreme Court

In Zolin, the Supreme Court determined that a party invoking the crime-fraud exception must make a threshold showing before a district court may review documented attorney-client communications in camera. The Court settled on...more

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