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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What is Your Ethical Culture?

The indictments last week of executives from Tanaka and Volkswagen roiled many in the business world and ethics and compliance arena. Coming on the heels of the Wells Fargo scandal, one might wonder how corporations can stop...more

The Real Explanation for the Record Year for FCPA Enforcement

All the FCPA prognosticators, predictors and paparazzi have missed the boat on understanding what happened this year – 2016, to make this a record year in FCPA enforcement. As a former public servant for over 20 years, I am...more

Honey, I Think We Should Vacation at Home This Year

That may well be the line most used by Volkswagen (VW) executives after the arrest of their fellow executive, Oliver Schmidt, this past week at the Miami airport. According to an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled...more

General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II: The Comeback

Yesterday I began an exploration of the General Cable Corporation (General Cable) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. It was settled with the DOJ via a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) and the SEC via a...more

The Compliance Oversight Review Committee

This week has evolved into an exploration of different types of compliance committees a company might employ to make their compliance function more effective. On Monday, together with Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI) Chief...more

E-Mail Communications: The Devil is on the Server

It is hard to imagine how prosecutors were able to bring cases before there was email communications. When I was a prosecutor, we looked for evidence in a lot of other sources, internal memos, calendars and other places where...more

The Baker Hughes GeoMarket Ethics and Compliance Committee

Two of the most common compliance focused committees for public companies are those at the Board level and those which sit between the Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) and the Board, usually consisting of very senior...more

Code of Conduct Training – Now What?

When it comes to corporate compliance programs, change does not occur quickly. CCOs are extremely pleased with their improved delivery of code of conduct training. Across the board, companies are refining their codes of...more

From the Fats Domino Sound to Execution in Compliance

Adam Bryant, in his Corner Office column, profiled Deirdre Quinn, the chief executive of Lafayette 148 New York, a women’s fashion company, in a piece entitled “If a Meeting Starts at 9, Be There at 8”. Quinn had some...more

CCOs Cannot Ignore C-Suite Risks

As the headlines continue to point to major misconduct and scandals involving senior corporate executives, compliance officers need to refocus their efforts and address a critical need....more

Make Sure You Address Compliance with Export Controls

Compliance officers have to avoid professional myopia. The focus of compliance these days has been on anti-corruption, antitrust, and AML, depending on your company’s industry. They fit nicely together under an...more

SEC, United Settle Internal Controls Case

When the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was passed, a key portion of the statute centered on the books and records and internal control provisions written by the Commission. While the bribery provisions only apply to foreign...more

Forecasting, Risk Management and Compliance

When I was in the corporate world, I cannot begin to recall the number of times senior management had an overly optimistic forecast regarding some transaction; whether the transaction was the purchase of a smaller company, a...more

When the Compliance Counsel Speaks, CCOs Should Listen

I was recently having breakfast with a colleague and we were discussing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Compliance Counsel Hui Chen and what we believe to be the positive impact she has had on the compliance community,...more

The Unsinkable Molly Brown – Compliance, Stakeholder Engagement and CSR

Tammy Grimes died earlier this week. For those of you not familiar with that name, you may well know the name of the Broadway musical which catapulted her to fame, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Grimes garnered a Toni in 1960...more

When Lawyers Cross the Line – Breaking Bad Under the Law

While reading the Embraer settlement documents, I read over the facts implicating a senior legal executive and his/her involvement in the Embraer bribery scheme. Truthfully, I had a slight gasp as I read about a fellow lawyer...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

Today I continue my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the...more

Defending parallel proceedings: key considerations and best practices

Parallel proceedings refer to two or more concurrent investigations or litigations arising out of a common set of facts. These proceedings can involve any combination of criminal, civil, or administrative authorities, as well...more

Tangled Up in Blue and Rethinking the Role of the Compliance Professional

Today, I conclude my tribute to Bob Dylan-Nobel Laureate, by discussing my personal favorite Bob Dylan song, Tangled up in Blue. The time shifts and jumps in the song have always resonated with me. Indeed, it is one of the...more

Monster Movie Month: Episode 2 – The Bride of Frankenstein and Upcoming Events

Welcome to my second installment in this month’s classic monster movie festival. This year I am revisiting the Frankenstein series and today I want to explore and, indeed, honor the second in the series but what many viewers...more

John Fogarty Rocks-Nu Skin Informs Oversight

I recently saw John Fogerty in concert. For those you are not aware, he was a founding member and the driving force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), one of the very top American groups from the 1960s and early...more

Declinations and Profits Disgorgement – It Was There All Along

Last week there were two declinations issued by Department of Justice (DOJ) for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters. The matters involved two Texas based, privately held companies. The first was HMT LLC (HMT) which...more

Good-Bye to Arnold Palmer and Revolutionizing Compliance

The golfing world and the world of beverages lost one of their giants earlier this week. I, of course, refer to golfing and beverage legend Arnold Palmer. The legend around the beverage is that at dinner one evening Palmer...more

Wells Fargo Week: Part V – Compliance is the Answer

I want to end this week’s review of the Wells Fargo scandal by considering what is at issue and what is at stake in this imbroglio. Unlike a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation, Wells Fargo paid the relatively...more

How Compliance Can Be Built to Succeed! An In-Depth Discussion with Donna Boehme PART 1 [PODCAST]

Donna Boehme is back on the Masters of Disaster® podcast to discuss what it takes for compliance to succeed. Donna often refers to the new approach for the architecture of Compliance 2.0. Fundamentally, Compliance 2.0 starts...more

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