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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Shakespeare Week – Part V: Lear’s Fool and Power Points

I conclude my week honoring the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare by using my favorite character in all his work to introduce today’s post. He is The Fool from King Lear. Of Shakespeare’s many theatrical...more

Who Can Fire a CCO?

There is something a little surreal when a CCO, while negotiating to join a company, raises the issue of his or her own termination. Not to be maudlin, but it is an important issue to consider....more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2016

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York...more

Is the DOJ’s New FCPA Pilot Program an Offer You Can’t Refuse?

Earlier this month, Assistant US Attorney Leslie Caldwell announced that the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Fraud Section will try to entice companies to self-report potential FCPA issues. The DOJ included...more

Shakespeare Week – Part IV: Othello and Clash of Compliance Cultures

Which play in Shakespeare’s cannon presents the biggest clash of cultures, which leads to the most catastrophic result? I would have to opine Othello, one of the great tragedies in all of Shakespeare. Othello, a Moor and...more

Colorado Mining Company Announces FCPA Investigation

Recently, a gold mining company based in Colorado disclosed in its quarterly filings an investigation of certain business activities of the company and its affiliates outside the U.S. for possible violations of the FCPA....more

A transatlantic consideration of recent developments in corporate self-reporting

More carrot, less stick? On 5 April 2016, the Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division issued an Enforcement Plan and Guidance (the DOJ Guidance), setting out the steps that it is taking to...more

Shakespeare Week – Part III: Much Ado About Nothing and Incorporation of Social Media into Your Compliance Program

How does Shakespeare portend social media in the 21st century? I would submit that one only need look at Much Ado About Nothing to see how it should all play out. As with all Shakespeare’s plays there is quite a bit going on...more

Federal FCPA Pilot Program Encourages Self-Disclosure and Cooperation

“Voluntary self-disclosure of criminality,” “full cooperation” and “timely and appropriate remediation” in connection with violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) are the main ingredients in the recipe for...more

Consultant Pleads Guilty to FCPA Charges Before Trial

On April 20, the DOJ announced that Dmitrij Harder, the former owner and president of two Pennsylvania consulting companies pleaded guilty to violations of the FCPA. Mr. Harder pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the...more

The DOJ’s Self-Disclosure Program Is Not Even Half the Story

Lots of people are talking about the DOJ’s new self-disclosure pilot program, but it was only the last of three steps announced in the DOJ’s Fraud Section FCPA Enforcement Plan and Guidance. One of them has the potential to...more

French Anti-Corruption Reform Expected In 2016

France to introduce significant changes affecting large companies and top management, to improve current anti-bribery system. The French Parliament is expected to enact “Sapin II” on transparency, anti-corruption and...more

Second Circuit To Determine Whether Artful Pleading Can Extend FCPA Jurisdiction

Prosecutors in the District of Connecticut have appealed a district court’s ruling that conspiracy and aiding and abetting charges cannot be used to extend the FCPA’s jurisdictional reach. The FCPA has three...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2016

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 from the past month, with links to primary...more

DOJ Announces FCPA Pilot Program in an Effort to Incentivize Companies to Self-Report Misconduct

Action Item: On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a memorandum laying out a one-year pilot program designed to offer mitigation credit to companies that voluntarily disclose Foreign Corrupt...more

Compliance 2.0: DOJ Pushes the Compliance Agenda

The FCPA Paparazzi have a thick head and a stubborn chin. They just do not understand the significance of Compliance 2.0 to corporate governance and they blindly adhere to simplistic, yet unexplained, solutions to complex...more

China Aims to Strengthen Regulations on Commercial Bribery

Recently, the Legal Affairs Office of the State Council released draft amendments (Draft Amendments) to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for public comments. The Draft Amendments...more

Shakespeare Week – Part I: Henry IV, Part II – Lawyers and Compliance

What is the most famous line in Shakespeare about lawyers? That is an easy one because lawyer-haters across the world (and lawyer-lovers as well) know it – First thing we do is kill all the lawyers. It comes from Henry IV,...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 1 [Video]

In this initial This Week in FCPA, Episode 1, Jay Rosen and I review this week's happenings in the world of FCPA. Today we discuss the 4th anniversary of the New York Times story about Wal-Mart in Mexico, the Harder guilty...more

DOJ Criminal Division Launches One-Year Pilot Program as Part of Enhanced FCPA Enforcement Strategy

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Criminal Division’s Fraud Section released a memorandum setting out “three steps” in its “enhanced” enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). See Apr. 5,...more

Big Data in a Best Practices Compliance Program, Part III-Visualization

Today I continue my exploration of big data in a best practices Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program. Yesterday, I considered how you might use big data in a best practices compliance program. Today I want...more

Organizational Cultures of Corruption

The following guest post is by Alison Taylor. My new issue brief, published by the Columbia Law School Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, is based on extensive academic research, a review of primary data...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Year-End Update

Both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have continued their focus on anticorruption enforcement in 2015. Although there was a decline in enforcement...more

The DOJ FCPA Enforcement Plan and Guidance Encourages Voluntary Self-Disclosure and Cooperation in Exchange for Additional...

On April 5, 2016, the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued a much-awaited Enforcement Plan and Guidance ("Guidance") on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA or the "Act"). This...more

Fokker: No Judicial Oversight of Deferred Prosecution Agreements

The D.C. Circuit dealt a blow last week to judicial attempts to exercise supervision over Justice Department negotiated Deferred Prosecution Agreements. In United States v. Fokker, the Court answered the question in a...more

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