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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Phi Slama Jama and Leadership in Compliance

Guy V. Lewis died last week. For those uninitiated in college basketball, Lewis was one of the greats, coaching for over 30 years at the University of Houston. He went to the Final Four five times, alas though he did not win...more

Defining Compliance 2.0: The Board (Part 1 of 5)

This week I am devoting five postings to defining the “new” model of ethics and compliance – Compliance 2.0. If you read through compliance writings, blogs, articles, white papers, and other sources, you will see the...more

Economic Freedom, “Hong Kong Style”: Respecting Privacy And Ensuring Companies Can Resolve Disputes Efficiently

Hong Kong has always been known for its economic freedom. However, that economic freedom needs rules and protections to operate on a day-to-day basis. Recently, Hong Kong has taken bold steps forward with new rules and...more

Corruption and the Closing Table: How Much Diligence is Due?

It is 2016 (almost). We all have heard about corruption – outrageous tales of money changing hands to enable access to new markets in under-regulated parts of the world, or payments for access to foreign ports, expediting the...more

The Attacks in Paris and AML Compliance

The attacks in Paris and subsequent events have horrified any right-minded person. The slaughter of innocent civilians sickened the world and the outpouring of support for the city of Paris; the country of France and the...more

SEC’s 2015 annual report on the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program: four points of note

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower has released its annual report for fiscal year 2015, reporting that it received nearly 4,000 whistleblower tips in the year ended September 30, 2015 (up from 3,620 the prior year). ...more

Claims Management Company Discloses Possible FCPA Violations

On November 9, an Atlanta-based claims management firm, disclosed that it had reported possible FCPA violations to DOJ and SEC. The company discovered the possible violations during an internal audit and has since launched an...more

Should the Definition of “Foreign Official” Matter?

FCPA practitioners are familiar with the term “public international organization” as included in the definition of “foreign official” for FCPA liability purposes but do we really know what the term means? Recent activity...more

Assistant Attorney General Caldwell Provides Insight on Corporate Compliance and the Fraud Section’s New Compliance Expert

On November 2, at a speech at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance and Legal Society New York Regional Seminar, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell discussed compliance issues...more

Corruption Risk and Prosecution are Real and They are not Going Away

On November 11, the The Wall Street Journal ran a story with a fairly provocative headline: "U.S. Justice Department Makes Radical Shift on Foreign Bribery Enforcement." Whether DOJ is making a radical shift or not, corporate...more

DOJ, SEC Change “Cooperation Credit” Process, Add Resources to Fight Corruption

During recent speeches Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and SEC Enforcement Division head Andrew Ceresney announced changes to the processes the DOJ and the SEC will use to decide if a company will receive “cooperation...more

Farewell to Jonah Loma and the Bookend to the Yates Memo

Jonah Lomu died this week. If you have more than a passing interest in sports, you will recognize Lomu as one of the very few game-changers in a sport, his being rugby. I do not pretend to understand the sport very well...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q3 2015

On August 12, a series of explosions in the northern port-city of Tianjin killed over one hundred people and injured hundreds of others. The explosions were allegedly caused by hazardous chemical materials in shipping...more

So You Want to Accept That Board Position? One More Reason to Pause: Directors Can Be Personally Liable Under Sarbanes-Oxley and...

On October 23, 2015, in a suit filed by Bio-Rad’s former general counsel Sanford Wadler, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a decision granting in part and denying in part...more

The SEC and DOJ Discuss Self-Reporting – Cooperation

Self-reporting and cooperation were key topics for the SEC and the DOJ in recent remarks at an FCPA conference. SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney, and Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell both addressed American...more

SEC Says Self-Reporting Required for Deferred Prosecution or Non-Prosecution Agreement

At a recent conference focused on FCPA matters, Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement, focused on the benefits of self-reporting and cooperating with the SEC on FCPA matters. Mr. Ceresney noted that the...more

Compliance Counsel Metrics – Part IV: Third Party Management

Today, I conclude my exploration of the new Department of Justice (DOJ) Compliance Counsel and the metrics laid out by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell who called for her review of compliance programs. The...more

FCPA Enforcement — Corporate Crime and Punishment

The Justice Department’s reexamination of corporate incentives to disclose violations appears to be in reaction to the steady escalation of cooperation requirements. In response to these extra burdens, DOJ could be concerned...more

A New FCPA Policy May Be Coming, but Questions Remain

Just a week after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) introduced its new Compliance Counsel, and just a month after the DOJ issued the “Yates memo,” it is now being reported that the DOJ is considering a new policy that...more

Compliance Counsel Metrics – Part III: Program Evolution and Incentivizing Compliance

Today, we continue our exploration of the new Department of Justice (DOJ) Compliance Counsel and the metrics laid out by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell who called for her review of compliance programs. These...more

Resetting FCPA Prosecution Policies

Recent press reports suggest that the Justice Department is reconsidering its FCPA criminal prosecution policies, particularly with respect to corporate defendants.  As reported, DOJ is considering defining and increasing...more

The Schrems Decision: How the End of Safe Harbor Affects Your FCPA Compliance Plan

Like a needle to a balloon, the Schrems decision has drastically altered the data privacy landscape. Who is affected? Everyone – consumers, corporations, employees. But who needs to take action? Any company with offices in...more

DOJ Appoints New Compliance Expert

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has appointed Hui Chen, former head of compliance for Standard Chartered Bank and ex-assistant General Counsel at Pfizer, Inc., as its fraud section’s compliance expert. Chen will...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for October 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary...more

Clean Hands, Smart Deals: A primer on complying with foreign anti-bribery laws

With the approaching financial year-end and the consequences of external audits, along with the new and increased risk of individual liability executives face in light of the recent Department of Justice “Yates Memorandum”,...more

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