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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AML Risks and Foreign Correspondent Banking

With the Panama Papers scandal and government promises of continued aggressive AML enforcement, financial institutions face a variety of risks that require increased vigilance and mitigation strategies....more

The Evolution of Compliance: Structural Changes Which Led to Compliance 2.0

If there was one theme from Compliance Week 2016 it was the continued evolution of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) role and the compliance profession. Long gone are the days when someone is sent over from a legal...more

CCO Independence, Authority and Resources as Indicia of an Effective Compliance Program

At the Opening Session of Compliance Week 2016, Stephen L. Cohen, Associate Director of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Andrew Weissmann, Chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division’s...more

Global Standardization of Enforcement

Maybe I am a Luddite; maybe I just do not understand the new world and the impact of globalization. New ideas do not scare me, like others we know. New ideas present real opportunities for progress and innovation....more

ISO 37001: A New Measuring Stick for Corporate Compliance Programs

The International Organization for Standardization is developing a certifiable international standard for “anti-bribery management systems” that could influence how the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange...more

The SEC, CCOs and Compliance Programs

Compliance programs, Chief Compliance Officers and liability have been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent months. Members of the Commission, for example, debated charging decisions regarding CCOs last year in...more

Up Close and Personal: Individual CCO Liability – Part II

Yesterday I began an exploration of the potential individual liability of a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) based upon the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement action against Raymond James Inc. and its...more

Corruption Risks and Corporate Social Responsibility Spending

Global companies have been embracing socially responsible spending projects to build stronger relationships with local communities. The idea makes a lot of sense and real projects can result in real benefits....more

Up Close and Personal: Individual CCO Liability – Part I

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed. Those lines were the opening verse to the theme song of the TV...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part IV

This week I have been exploring the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with Joe Howell, an Executive Vice President (EVP) with Workiva Inc. We have considered how some of the issues addressed by the PCAOB directly...more

Joe Spinelli on the Kroll-Ethisphere Anti-Bribery & Corruption Report [Video]

In part one of a two-part series, Joe Spinelli, Senior Managing Director at Kroll in the Investigations and Disputes Practice, addresses a number of findings as referenced in the Kroll-Ethisphere “The Year of Global...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part III

Today, I continue my exploration with Joe Howell about the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), its scrutiny of public company auditors and how its work impacts the corporate compliance function. Yesterday, I ended with...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part I

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Workiva LLC. Howell has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a number of public companies, mostly in the technology space, and...more

[Webinar] FCPA Spotlight: Best Practices for Controls and Records - May 20th, 1:00pm EDT

In this era of increased attention to corruption, the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are increasingly using the FCPA's books and records and internal controls provisions to prosecute improper...more

GHBER Tribute to Jay Martin

This Thursday 19th May, the Greater Houston Business and Ethics Roundtable (GHBER) will hold its first Ethics and Compliance Awards Dinner in honor of the 20-year anniversary of the organization’s founding. We will award the...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

What Can You Learn in the First Inning?

You might figure that the year I decide to jump back on the Houston Astros bandwagon, they go back in the tank. Last year they were one game away from the American League (AL) Championship. This year they have the third worst...more

FCPA (and my) Failure

I haven’t thought too much about failure lately, until I read Roy Snell’s piece, “We Are All Victims…Except Richard Bistrong.” Roy’s article took me by surprise, as his blog piece addresses a primary foundation of my work:...more

What is a Compliance Evangelist?

What does it mean to be the Compliance Evangelist? A colleague put that question to me last week. This friend is a loyal and long time reader of my blog and listener of my podcast and I thought if it was not clear to her,...more

Compliance Program Lessons from a Recidivist

Recidivist behavior is something that the US government is forced to face in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement from time-to-time. When a company agrees to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) or...more

May the Fourth Be With You – The Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Awakens to Good Corporate Governance

May 4th is universally recognized (at least in the universe I inhabit) as Star Wars Day. According to Wikipedia, “May 4 is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase...more

Tribute to Dr. Jannetta and Improvisation in Compliance

It is rare you are able to write about someone who directly changed the quality of your life. Rarer yet that you did not know about him, only what he created, until you read his obituary. That happened to me recently when I...more

To Self-Report or Not to Self-Report, That Remains the Question After the Justice Department’s Latest Effort to Encourage...

On April 5, 2016, the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section launched a one-year Pilot Program that invites companies to self-report potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Dick Cassin: ‘The FCPA Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize’

“Richard L. Cassin” is one of the best-known bylines in the compliance field. He’s been called the Dean of the compliance bloggers. He founded the FCPA Blog almost nine years ago. Incredibly, he has personally written...more

Shakespeare Week – Part V: Lear’s Fool and Power Points

I conclude my week honoring the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare by using my favorite character in all his work to introduce today’s post. He is The Fool from King Lear. Of Shakespeare’s many theatrical...more

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