The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Chief Compliance Officers

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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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

Celebrate Compliance Week 2015

November 1-7 is Compliance and Ethics Week. I wanted to give you some ideas on how you might use this week’s designation to help bring the message of compliance and ethics to your organization. An oft-raised topic is how to...more

A Dash Home for the Ages – Using Start-Up Techniques to Further Compliance

Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals for winning the World Series on Sunday night. Watching a franchise that has never won such a championship, I can certainly understand the elation of a team that had not been to a...more

Homeland, Brazilian Clean Companies Act Guidance and the Need for Accurate Translations in FCPA Compliance

He used to work in the movie business so you might think the production crew of the Showtime series Homeland would just give him a call. After all he is fast becoming known as ‘the translations guy’ in the Foreign Corrupt...more

Promoting Antitrust Compliance – The Antitrust Division’s Subtle Shift Regarding Corporate Compliance: A Step Toward Incentivizing...

INTRODUCTION: A surprising feature of many corporate compliance programs is their limited emphasis on antitrust. Compliance efforts are a key feature of modern corporate governance initiatives, and it stands to reason...more

Building a Due Diligence Infrastructure (Part IV of IV)

A due diligence infrastructure is designed to demonstrate a company’s good faith commitment to compliance with anti-corruption laws by: identifying corruption risks; and mitigating such risks to ensure that the company does...more

Good-Bye to Maureen O’Hara and How to Drive Compliance into the DNA of Your Company

Maureen O’Hara died this week. To anyone who has ever watched The Quiet Man on St. Patrick’s Day, she will always be known as Mary Kate Danaher, who was pursued and eventually wed by John Wayne. Testament to the fiery...more

Due Diligence and Risk Priorities (Part III of IV)

Believe it or not, life principles can be used in compliance, especially in due diligence. I always tell my kids that life has a way of setting priorities. As you get older, life becomes simpler and your priorities become...more

Whom Should You Suspend During an Internal Investigation?

Whom to suspend during any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation is always a delicate question to answer. Unfortunately there is never an easy answer. As the Volkswagen (VW) emission-testing scandal continues to...more

Getting Started on Due Diligence of Third Parties (Part I of IV)

This week I am posting a series on due diligence. There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. – Mark Twain...more

Evolving Best Practices in FCPA Compliance Training

As Houston, TX, is the epicenter of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement, most energy companies in my hometown have mature compliance programs or at least more mature than in other industries, which have not gone...more

Chief Compliance Officer as Enterprise Leader

One of the areas that a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) must master is looking beyond their own compliance department to the company as a whole. CCOs must therefore lead their own compliance function but also lead with an...more

Foreign Bribery: The Inquiry Briefing Paper on the Senate into Australia's Foreign Bribery Scheme

The Commonwealth Senate Standing Committee on Economics is conducting an inquiry into the scope and effectiveness of existing Australian measures to address foreign bribery. It is due to deliver its report in July 2016....more

Compliance Connected – Line of Sight, Part II

Today I continue my exploration of the line of sight theory under which a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner would have visibility across the lifecycle of a sales transaction so they could move from...more

Compliance Connected – Line of Sight, Part I

Sometimes the simplest visual can provide the greatest insight about transformation. I had that particular insight when I recently had the chance to catch up with Scott Lane, Chief Executive of the Red Flag Group, at the SCCE...more

Dissecting a Bribery Violation: Two Important Questions to Answer

In the wreckage of a corporate FCPA enforcement action, a company has to answer two important questions. First, how did the conduct occur without senior executives and the Board learning or suspecting that such conduct...more

Alaska Day and Why Compliance Should Widen its Circle

Today we celebrate Alaska Day, traditionally celebrated on October 18th, for on that date in 1867, the US formally took possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part V – Protection Afforded From a Compliance Program

Today, I wrap up my series on why I think compliance is at the Tipping Point. However as it is a Friday in October, I continue my tribute to the Man in the Shadows, producer Val Lewton, whose films for RKO had some of the...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part IV – The Schrems Decision

I continue my exploration of why I believe that compliance is at the Tipping Point, with today’s entry of data point four, which is last week’s decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the Schrems case. While most...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part III – The VW Emissions-Testing Scandal

I continue my series on why I believe that compliance is at the ‘Tipping Point’ with a discussion of the Volkswagen (VW) emissions-testing scandal and its effect on the greater compliance world. Myself and many other...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part II – New DOJ Compliance Counsel

The second tipping point for compliance which has occurred over the last 30 days or so is the information which has leaked out that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is in the process of hiring an outside advisor to provide to...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part I – The Yates Memo

This is the day that the US government traditionally celebrates Columbus’ discovery of the Americas, in the form of Columbus Day. My grandfather emigrated from Italy so he always took Columbus Day as his heritage day. My...more

Astros in the Playoffs, Will Hell Freeze Over?

When recently I contacted the Underworld about the potential listing of this vast property, I was stunned when Satan himself answered the phone. While I was tempted to ask what happened to all his hired help down there,...more

The Psychology of Cheating and FCPA Compliance

In the movie Margin Call, Jeremy Irons intones that there are three ways to win in business: (1) be the smartest; (2) be the fastest; and (3) cheat. I am currently out at the SCCE 2015 Compliance and Ethics Institute and as...more

Bristol-Myers Squibb FCPA Enforcement Action

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action against Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) for the actions of the company’s joint venture (JV) in...more

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