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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Compliance Responses to Economic Downturns: A Focus On The Energy Sector – Part Two

II. Doing Less with Less - The current economic downturn in the energy space seems to follow a pattern, with businesses’ exhibiting predictable Pavlovian responses. When oil prices drop precipitously, companies who are...more

Miss Marple Short Stories and SEC Enforcement of the FCPA, Part V – Final Thoughts

I conclude my week of exploration of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple short stories and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by reviewing some of the new things...more

Ingots of Gold & SEC FCPA Enforcement – Communication – Part IV

Today I want to use the Christie’s story Ingots of Gold as an introduction to some of the regular communications that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) representatives frequently provide in public forums, regarding...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 141-Pi Day and Compliance Programs [Video]

In this episode, recorded on Pi Day, March 14, 2015, I consider the math symbol Pi and how it relates to the symmetry of a FCPA compliance program. ...more

Miss Marple Short Stories and SEC Enforcement of the FCPA, Part I

I am a huge Agatha Christie fan. I have read most of the Poriot novels and many of the Jane Marple novels as well. However, I was not aware of Christie’s work in the short story format until I recently read a volume entitled...more

Responsibility, Accountability and the FCPA Institute in Houston

What is accountability in your compliance program? How does it relate to responsibility for a company to prevent, detect and remediate any issues that might arise under a Foreign Corrupt Practices (FCPA) compliance program?...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 140-Leona Lewis [Video]

In this episode I visit with Leona Lewis who recently left the compliance function at Best Buy to found her own compliance entity, ComplyEthic. Leona brings some very interesting insights from her days in consumer retailing...more

Practical Advice on Risk and Compliance Program Assessments

Sometimes the compliance industry makes things harder than they really need to be. As a result, Chief Compliance Officers are left to modify and transform practices and tools to fit the real world. I understand why CCOs do...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 139-Amy Lilly, President of GHBER [Video]

In this episode I interview Amy Lilly, President of the Greater Houston Business and Ethics Roundtable (GHBER), the premier ethics and compliance organization in Houston. ...more

Reminders from the Goodyear FCPA Settlement

FCPA settlements carry with them a basket of compliance and enforcement lessons. The recent Goodyear settlement with the SEC for $16 million carries some important compliance and strategic reminders for ethics and compliance...more

Who is Responsible for Complying with the FCPA?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) still faces criticism over its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement strategy. Some decry that it is too aggressive, that the DOJ has moved into waters Congress never intended the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 138, Tribute to Mr. Spock and Strict Liability for Internal Controls Under the FCPA [Video]

In this episode, I pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy and his immortal character Mr. Spock. I also discuss that the SEC may be moving towards a strict liability standard for internal controls under the FCPA....more

February FCPA Compliance Digest: If You Haven’t Started Your FCPA Compliance Training, Now Might Be A Great Time…

This might be our most exciting FCPA Compliance Digest thus far – we get to write about a DECLINATION! It feels a little bit like seeing a compliance unicorn. Cobalt Energy Announces SEC FCPA Declination - It’s...more

Minnie Minoso Broke Barriers; Goodyear Pushes Compliance Forward

Yesterday we celebrated the hard-nosed playing style of Anthony Mason, who recently passed away. Today we honor a true pioneer in professional baseball, Minnie Minoso, or Mr. White Sox. Minoso was the first black Cuban to...more

Goodyear FCPA Fine Highlights Benefits of Cooperation and Robust Compliance Controls

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (“Goodyear”), one of the world’s largest tire companies, reached a significant settlement with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with charges that two of its...more

Bribery and Compliance in India: Know the Challenge and Prepare for It

Today I welcome Sherbir Panag, for another post in my series of country discussions, where we will address Bribery and Anti-Bribery Compliance in India. As a forward, this was an interesting engagement, as it provided me...more

What you (still) may not know about the UK Bribery Act

While many companies have implemented policies and procedures in response to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as amended ("FCPA") that combat bribery by the organization, its employees and agents, many companies have not...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Four SEC Commissioners addressed the annual SEC Speaks Conference, reviewing recent agency initiatives and tracing potential paths for the future. The SEC also brought another FCPA action, a misappropriation case and an...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 135, Kevin Brady on the process of sales for the compliance practitioner [Video]

In this episode I visit with noted sales process expert Kevin Brady who discussed sales as a process and how the compliance practitioner can use these concepts in communicating the message of compliance to an employee base. ...more

Goodyear Settles SEC FCPA Charges

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company settled FCPA books and records and internal control charges with the SEC. The settlement reflects the extensive cooperation and remedial efforts of the company. In the Matter of Goodyear Tire...more

Goodyear’s Settlement with the SEC Emphasizes the Importance of FCPA Due Diligence in M&A Transactions and of Having a Robust...

On February 24, 2015, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle charges that two of its subsidiaries allegedly paid $3.2 million in bribes that generated $14,122,535 in illicit profits. The SEC...more

New Coke and Technological Solutions as a Response to the Economic Downturn

Earlier this week, Donald R. Keough died. He was the leader of Coca-Cola, who pressed for and introduced the infamous New Coke to the world in 1985 and then the return of the original formula just 10 weeks later. Since I was...more

Doing Less with Less and the Unification of Germany

I am attending the SCCE Utilities and Energy Conference in Houston this week. As usual, the SCCE has put on a great event for the compliance practitioner. This year there is live blogging by Kortney Nordum so there should be...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 134, Judge Rakoff, Judge Leon and their comments on DPAs, with the FCPA Professor [Video]

In this episode, the FCPA Professor and myself continue our exploration of DPAs and NPAs through the recent book review of Judge Rakoff and rejection of a DPAs by Judge Leon in an export control case. ...more

Assessing Internal Controls, Part III

In this blog post I conclude my exploration of how you should assess your compliance internal controls using the Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Organization (COSO), publication “Internal Controls –...more

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