The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Audits

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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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

Is Anti-Corruption a Business or Legal Issue?

On June 5, 2014, Philippe Montigny, President of Ethic Intelligence (www.ethic-intelligence.com) asks exactly that question in an editorial. My own perspective of compliance remains much along the lines of those such as Mr....more

Bringing It All Home, the Two Tough Cookies Wrap It Up For You, Part II

This one is tough, especially in global organizations. In many countries, you simply cannot run a background check, as criminal records are not public. In others, you can run them, but the criminal offense must be related to...more

Monitoring and Auditing Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program  [Video]

Companies have designed and implemented anti-corruption compliance programs. An important element of an effective compliance program is monitoring and auditing the program to identify issues for improvement. Working in...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part III

Today I conclude my three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with a review of the post-acquisition phase. Previously many compliance practitioners had based decisions in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 11, 2014)

The unblemished record of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office in insider trading cases came to an end this week with the acquittal of Rengan Rajaratnam, brother of the convicted Galleon Fund founder. This is the first loss...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 3, 2014)

In a holiday shortened week, dark pools were again a focus for regulators. This week FINRA sanctioned Goldman Sachs in connection with the operation of its dark pool....more

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance Practices

Compliance Week published its 2014 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report, a survey of over 180 executives involved in ethics and FCPA compliance and internal audit. The Survey focused on risk, dealing with third...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, April 2014

In this issue: - EU Developments - German Developments - UK Developments - Us Developments - Excerpt from EU Developments - European Commission Proposes to Introduce Shareholder "Say...more

Life Cycle Management Of Third Parties – Step 5 – Management Of The Relationship

Today ends my review of what I believe to be the five steps in the management of a third party under an anti-bribery regime such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or UK Bribery Act. On Monday, I reviewed Step 1 –...more

Building an Integrated Third Party Due Diligence System Initial 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

Edison, The Phonograph And Supply Chain Audits

Today we celebrate Thomas Edison. It is not his birthday but the 127th anniversary of Edison announcing his first recording invention, the phonograph. ...more

A Prescriptive Guide To Third Party Risk Management

The recent examples of compliance program credits for Morgan Stanley and Ralph Lauren have demonstrated that, more than ever, an effective compliance program can protect a company from criminal indictment and generate bottom...more

Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases?

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA" or "the Act") prohibits bribery of foreign public officials in order to obtain or retain business. In addition to its anti-bribery provisions, the FCPA contains accounting provisions...more

Broker-Dealers: Pay Attention To Government Audits And Examinations

The story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” applies with full force to the securities industry and the FCPA. ...more

Lunch With The FCPA Compliance & Ethics Blog – Phil Wedemeyer And The Audit Perspective In Compliance

One of my weekend reading pleasures is the Saturday section in the Financial Times (FT) entitled “Lunch with the FT”. ...more

Inside The Courts - June 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 2

In This Issue: - AUDITOR LIABILITY - CLASS ACTIONS - CONFIDENTIAL WITNESSES - DEMAND FUTILITY - DERIVATIVE LITIGATION - FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT - FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT - INSIDER TRADING...more

Conducting Audits: Financial And Compliance Teams

Companies with existing compliance programs are starting to focus on the importance of monitoring, auditing and improving their compliance programs....more

FCPA Snapshot – 2012

In 2012, DOJ and the SEC brought 25 new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement actions, a significant decrease from the number of FCPA enforcement actions brought in 2011 (45) and the prolific 2010 (71). However,...more

Monitoring Of Third-Party Agents And Distributors

Try to imagine what DaVinci said to himself when he painted his last brush stroke on the Mona Lisa. Or consider what Tolstoy muttered to himself when he put down his pen after writing the last word of War and Peace....more

What To Do If Your Gut Says It’s Wrong: Lessons from Project Alpha

I often write about what can happen to companies who run afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Usually enforcement actions focus on companies and not individuals. However, as is often pointed out by commentators...more

Breaking Bad: When A Good Employee Goes Bad?

No matter how strong a company’s compliance program, there is always a risk. No matter how many times employees are trained, complete certifications and are reminded of their FCPA compliance obligations, there is always a...more

How Do You Determine the Gold Standard For Compliance Programs?

What is the gold standard for scientific minds? You might not do better than Albert Einstein who was born on this date in 1879. While most lay persons remember Einstein for his theory on special relativity, and his attendant...more

A Roadmap for Audit Committees in Meeting the Challenges Posed by Enhanced Regulatory Scrutiny Under the Dodd-Frank Act

Audit committees must aid management in navigating an increasingly complex regulatory framework. Two recent developments arising from the passage and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act have led to further challenges for...more

Establishing an Effective Compliance Program: An Overview to Protecting Your Organization

In This Issue: - Overview - Standards and Procedures - Organizational Leadership and Culture - Reasonable Efforts to Exclude Bad Actors From Managerial Ranks - Training and Education - Monitoring,...more

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