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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SEC Settles FCPA Charges Against Global Manufacturer

On December 15, the SEC settled charges against a global manufacturer for allegedly violating the FCPA by providing non-business payments and travel expenses to Chinese government officials with the expectation of obtaining...more

Alstom Joins Santa’s Naughty List – In a Very Big Way

The North Pole for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action announcements seems to have temporarily moved south for the month of December. Last week there was the final announcement of the long-standing Avon...more

FCPA Conference Offers Insights for More Effective Compliance

Agency officials, attorneys and compliance professionals recently gathered to discuss the latest trends and developments in anti-corruption compliance at the American Conference Institute’s annual U.S. Foreign Corrupt...more

The Avon FCPA Settlement, Part I

It is finally done. The long awaited Avon Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action is on the books. I would say what a long, strange trip it has been but that does not really seem to capture everything that...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - December 2014

In this issue: - SEC Crowdfunding Rules Delayed Until October 2015 - Mega M&A Experiencing One of Biggest Booms in History - Some Small Business Owners Say Tax Break Extension Not Enough - 2014...more

The “New Reality” for Corporate Boards

I have very little patience for a corporate board that fails to do its job. A board usually consists of talented, successful and experienced professionals. They have seen good and bad business practices in their days....more

Disclosure, Internal Controls, Cooperation - The SEC Continues Anti-Corruption Enforcement Themes

On December 15, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Bruker Corporation with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by making $230,000 in improper payments to Chinese government officials to win business....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought two FCPA cases this week, one of which was in conjunction with the DOJ. Both centered on the payments for gifts and travel in China. In addition, the SEC filed three manipulation cases, an action...more

Winter Begins in Valley Forge and the FCPA Professor Teaches in Miami

Today we celebrate one of the seminal turnarounds in US history for on this day in 1777, George Washington lead his beleaguered troops into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. At that point in time, things could...more

Avon Settles FCPA Charges with the DOJ and SEC

Travel, entertainment and gifts continue to be a central focus of FCPA enforcement. Earlier this month, and last month, the Commission filed settled FCPA actions centered on these items. Now the SEC and the DOJ have settled...more

Dallas Airmotive, Inc.'s FCPA Matter Offers Practical Insights and Continuing Lessons

On December 10, 2014, DOJ filed a criminal Information alleging (i) conspiracy and (ii) violation of the bribery provisions of the FCPA against Dallas Airmotive, Inc., an aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul...more

Gifts, Meals and Then . . . FCPA Enforcement

Life can be very humbling. The SEC has definitely humbled me. For years now, I have been claiming that companies spend too much time worrying about gifts, meals and entertainment expenses under the FCPA, rather than...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 115-Tom Fox and Matt Kelly on COSO, Bruker Corp, Dallas Airmotive and Alstom [Video]

In this episode Compliance Week editor Matt Kelly and I discuss the COSO 2013 Framework implementation and its changes from the prior Framework. We also discuss the recent Bruker Corp & Dallas Airmotive FCPA enforcement...more

Scrooge and Corporate Settlement Agreements

Although there seems to be a difference in the precise publication date between the online reference sites This Day in History and Wikipedia, today we celebrate the Charles Dickens’ work A Christmas Carol, which both sites...more

The Eve of Destruction and Tone at the Top – You Are Who Say You Are

In 1965 the single Eve of Destruction was released. It was written by an 18 year old named Phil Sloan and was sung by former member of the New Christie Minstrels named Barry McGuire. To top it off, it was produced by Lou...more

SEC Files Settled FCPA Action Centered On Improper Travel

A “world tour” was at the center of FCPA violations by two employees of FLIR Systems, Inc., In the Matter of Stephen Timms, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16281 (Nov. 17, 2014). Travel was also the focus of the Commission’s latest...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for November 2014

For busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we have tried to summarize the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary resources. November was definitely a...more

SEC Seeks To “Overrule” Fifth Circuit Whistleblower Interpretation

In Asadi v. G.E. Energy United States, L.L.C., 720 F.3d 620 (5th Cir. 2013), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee who reported a suspected Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation internally but not to the...more

What If You Threw A Party and Nobody Came? - Planning Ethically Compliant Events to Maximize Government Official Attendance

At this time of the year many companies and trade associations host holiday parties and invite government officials and staff. Strict rules regulate whether attendance is ethically permissible. More than ever, government...more

Hiring and Promotion in Compliance – Wait for Great

The role of Human Resources (HR) in anti-corruption programs, based upon the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or UK Bribery Act, is often underestimated. I come from a HR background and practiced labor law early in my...more

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 114-Doing Compliance, The Book [Video]

In this episode, I discuss my recently released book, Doing Compliance: Design, Create and Implement an Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Program...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Second Circuit took center stage this week, handing down a decision which reversed the insider trading convictions of two remote tippees. The decision circumscribes tippee liability by defining the elements of a claim and...more

Seamus Heaney and Compliance With a Seat at the Table

I have long been fascinated with the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. I came to know him thought his 1999 translation of Beowulf. While I was aware that he had been awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature, I did not know his...more

The Nobel Prize and FCPA Enforcement Going Forward

One hundred and 13 years ago on this date, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The ceremony came on the fifth anniversary of the...more

Bobby Keys, the Rolling Stones and Establishing Trust

Bobby Keys died last week. What you probably did not know was that Keys was a Texan so we get to claim him. He was the saxophonist for the Rolling Stones and a number of other serious rockers. ...more

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