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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HorrorFest 2015 Celebration Part II – The Cat People, the Schrems Decision and FCPA Investigations

It’s the second Friday in October and I am continuing my HorrorFest month. I usually call it Monster Movie Fest but this year I am celebrating the films of Val Lewton who really worked more broadly in the horror genre, rather...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

SEC’s Hitachi Enforcement Action and Important Compliance Reminders

The SEC continues to plug away at aggressive FCPA enforcement. This year, at least so far, the SEC has had a very successful year. The Hitachi case is a very interesting enforcement action for several major reasons. ...more

Creating Trust to Effect Compliance Change

One of the ongoing battles for any Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner is that the business folks usually view compliance as the Land of No; most often populated by Dr. No him or herself. You will have...more

DOJ Sets Its Sights on Directors and Officers

Whether publicly traded or privately held, corporate boards have been put on notice – the Department of Justice (Justice or DOJ) is after you! On September 9th, DOJ issued a memo entitled: Individual Accountability for...more

Reflections on the Hitachi FCPA Enforcement Action

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced resolution of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Hitachi Ltd (Hitachi). There were several interesting aspects to...more

VW Emissions Testing Scandal – View from the Board

The Board of Directors role in the Volkswagen (VW) emissions test scandal is one that is only now being scrutinized. In an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled “Problems at VW Start at the Boardroom”, James B....more

The VW Scandal: Insular Senior Management and Ethical Breakdowns

The Volkswagen scandal will be studied for years. One of many themes from the Volkswagen scandal will rest on the complete absence of any commitment to corporate governance. Volkswagen’s weird corporate structure (it is owned...more

Health Update - September 2015

Latest Healthcare False Claims Act Roundup and Top 3 Best Practices to Reduce Exposure - As the legal landscape in healthcare becomes increasingly complex, healthcare companies that receive federal program funds face...more

You’re the Man—Government Targets Individuals in FCPA Cases

The government has increasingly focused its FCPA enforcement firepower on individuals. On August 31, a Russian official living in Maryland pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with arranging $2...more

Checking In on Sanctions Enforcement

The Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control continues to ramp up sanctions enforcement. Even with the likely relaxation of the Iran and Cuba sanctions, OFAC has been continuing its aggressive enforcement...more

The Defeat Device: Compliance and Ethics in the Auto Industry

Things are seriously bad when one of the world’s most respected business focused publications, the Financial Times (FT), asks if the auto “industry faces ‘Libor moment’”? Yet that was a headline yesterday in the lead article...more

New DOJ Compliance Counsel: Doing Compliance Now Even More Critical

Last Friday, the FCPA Professor reported: “According to this Global Investigations Review article: “According to two people familiar with the matter, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) has hired Hui Chen, Standard...more

August FCPA Compliance Digest

August more than made up for the relative peace and quiet of July. This month’s digest features two new FCPA settlements, an update on Wal-Mart’s spending to resolve FCPA and compliance-related weaknesses and new anti bribery...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

A CD or not a CD, That is the Question… That the Auditors Should Have Answered - A headline-grabbing SEC enforcement action last week against BDO USA and several of its national partners may lead audit firms to insist on...more

A Remarkable Listener Experience in Compliance

I listen to several podcasts each week and one of my favorites is ‘The Showrunner’ podcast, co-hosted by Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor. While the basic premise is a podcast about podcasting, I have found it to be much broader...more

Bribery and Behaviors from the Front-Lines

Tell me a little bit about your background and how you came to be an anti-bribery consultant. My entry point into the defense business was as a fourth generation family member of what at the time (the mid 80's) was one...more

Corruption Risks in Brazil: Ensuring Compliance with the FCPA & BCCA

Brazil is one of the hardest places in the world to do business – the World Bank Doing Business Report 2014 ranked Brazil 116 out of 183 for overall “ease of doing business.” In this on-demand webinar, Matteson Ellis of...more

Design Thinking in Compliance

In many ways the migration from Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) 1.0 to 2.0 and beyond is more than simply about the technical aspects of a CCO to the internal and external delivery of a compliance solution by the compliance...more

August Whistleblower News Digest | News Your CCO Needs to Know

Morgan Stanley is in the news once again for whistleblower retaliation in a new lawsuit that mentions some of the same staff members involved in the last suit against them. Progenics was found guilty of retaliation, NuVasive...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for August 2015

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 in the past month, with links to primary...more

Farewell to a First and a Change in FCPA Investigative Focus

Moses Malone died yesterday. I do not often have the chance to celebrate a true first but Malone was a true first. The first high school basketball player to go from high school to professional basketball, when he was drafted...more

Highway 61 Revisited-Tombstone Blues and Corporate Integrity Agreements

I conclude my tribute to my favorite Bob Dylan album, Highway 61 Revisited with a look at the most surreal song on the disc, Tombstone Blues. I want to use it to contrast the most excellent article that appears today as a...more

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