The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

Compliance Counsel Metrics – Part II: Policies, Procedures and Their Communication

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. Today we...more

A Philosopher’s Guide to Compliance

One of my favorite weekly reads is the Texas Lawyer Candid Mentor column by Michael P. Maslanka. He recently did an article, entitled “Applying Ancient Wisdom to Modern Problems”, where he channeled some very ancient wisdom...more

5 Unintended Consequences of Growth-Minded Companies: And What it Means for Compliance Departments

The vast majority of workers, managers, and company executives want to work for ethical organizations, and want to grow in responsible and sustainable ways. This is a given, and yet scandals like Volkswagen and Valeant...more

Adequate Procedures—The Current State of Play

The legal concept of “adequate procedures” was introduced in the UK Bribery Act in 2010 as a defence to the corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery. That said, the concept itself has in fact been present in corporate...more

Compliance Counsel Metrics-Part I, Board and Senior Management Roles

We begin our exploration of the new Department of Justice (DOJ) Compliance Counsel and the metrics laid out by Assistant Attorney General Leslie called for her review of compliance programs. Today we review the first criteria...more

Caldwell Lays It Out – DOJ Metrics for a Compliance Program

Last week Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell spoke at the SIFMA Compliance and Legal Society New York Regional Seminar. In this speech she discussed the new Department of Justice (DOJ) Compliance Counsel. While...more

Interview with Jonathan Marks

Ed. Note-I continue my series of blog posts on thought leaders in the compliance space today with an interview of Jonathan Marks, a Managing Director at Navigant. - Where did you grow up? I was born in New York...more

Common FCPA Issues

As our previous posts illustrate, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can carry a hefty cost. Two issues are commonly the impetus for FCPA violations and, practically speaking, pose significant FCPA...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

Australian Anti-Bribery & Compliance Trends

Today we welcome Ted Williams, Partner, Piper Alderman. Ted, can you share some of your background and experience? TW: Thank you, Richard, for the opportunity to engage with your community, and it was a pleasure 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

Layla and Other Love Songs and Risk Assessments

On this date in October 1971, Duane Allman died. He was the co-founder, along with his brother Greg, of the Allman Brothers Band. For my money he was one of the greatest guitarists of all time. At the time of his death, the...more

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