The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Deferred Prosecution Agreements

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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The Destruction Of Arthur Andersen And The Use Of DPAs In FCPA Enforcement

The debate over the efficiencies of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) continued this week with additional criticism of their use. I have argued that DPAs are in a corporation’s interest because they can bring certainty...more

Commitment To Compliance: The Compliance Committee

Sunday was the 69th anniversary the most iconic photo of World War II, at least from the American perspective. Of course it was the raising of the American flag at Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima. To say that one photo cannot...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

The FCPA Person Of The Year – The Prosecutor

To continue a “tradition” on Corruption Crime and Compliance, I like to end the year with recognition of the “person of the year,” referring to the institution which has had the most impact in the enforcement and compliance...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 31-the FCPA Year in Review, Corporate Enforcement Actions [Video]

In this episode, I review the corporate FCPA enforcement actions of 2013. ...more

More Compliance Lessons From The Asiana/SFO Crash Investigation

I have long been interested in the intersection in the changes in attitude regarding safety in the workplace by corporations and the changing attitudes on doing business through bribery and corruption. As a trial lawyer...more

The Sky Is The Limit: Escalating Fines, DPA/NPAs And Deterrence

The controversy around punishment and deterrence of corporate misconduct continues to swirl. As fines increase against companies, it is important to ask the question whether the current enforcement scheme adequately punishes...more

What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been – The Bilfinger FCPA Settlement

Earlier this week the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had resolved an ongoing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with German entity Bilfinger SE (Bilfinger). This case involved the same background facts and events...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 30-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 2 [Video]

This episode 30 is Part 2 of my interview with the FCPA Professor. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 29-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 1 [Video]

In this episode 29 of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I have Part 1 of a 2 part visit with the FCPA Professor about some things on his mind. In this episode, we discuss SEC Chair Mary Jo White's comments about the need...more

New Risks Associated with Simultaneous U.S. FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act investigations

On November 20, 2013, during a panel presentation at the 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), current and former prosecutors from the United States and the United Kingdom discussed the...more

Venice And Compliance: Doing It The Old Fashioned Way

One of the things that has fascinated me about Venice is how so little of the 21st century has impacted it. Take construction for example. ...more

KISS And Compliance – Keep It Simple, Sunshine

One of the things that commentators incessantly complain about when it comes to the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by the Department of Justice (DOJ) is that there are still companies which violate...more

Tryin’ to Make a Dollar out of Fifteen Cents: The Diebold FCPA Settlement Explains What Officials Did on Their Vacation

Vacation is great, but it can involve a great deal of planning. And, paradoxically, leisure travel can involve more planning than traveling for business. That travel-related work stands out as a centerpiece of the October...more

Are DPAs Morally Suspect?

You know it is going to be a bad day when you are excoriated in public by a sitting federal district judge. It is even worse when the comments of that federal judge make it into one of the most prominent international...more

It’s The Great Pumpkin: Lessons In Process Validation And Oversight

Today is Halloween and we celebrate the greatest Halloween cartoon in the history of the world, ever, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, which premiered in 1966. As usual, the story revolves around the Peanuts gang, who...more

Prosecution Of Frauds And Crimes In The C-Suite: What Can We Learn From These Cases And Trends?

The press, members of Congress, and judges have become increasingly vocal in condemning what they perceive to be inadequate criminal prosecution of executives responsible for corporate crimes. In response, U.S. Department of...more

The Maxwell Technologies Fallout: The Alain Riedo Indictment For FCPA Violations

Today is the 82nd anniversary of the reporting to Alcatraz Prison of one of its most memorable residents; Al Capone. Capone was sent to prison for income tax evasion; in other words, it was a books and records violation,...more

What Is The Fabric Of Compliance?

The goal of any company regarding its compliance regime should be to make compliance a part of the fabric of your company and the face that you present to the world. That was the message from the interview conducted by Adam...more

Savonarola And The Need To Evaluate Compliance In Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence

I have always found one of the most fascinating figures of the Florentine Renaissance to be Girolamo Savonarola, who effectively ruled Florence from 1494-1498....more

A Farewell To Dr. Randolph And Making Your Compliance Program Effective

Dr. Henry Randolph died this week. He was a well-known expert in the field of dairy science. ...more

What Is ‘Acceptance Of Responsibility’ Under The US Sentencing Guidelines?

One of the things that I am often asked is how are fines and penalties calculated for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations? ...more

Significant FCPA Enforcement Actions In 2013 – Corporate

Last week I used the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg as a prism to look at present day compliance issues. Today I want to go in a different direction to introduce today’s topic....more

A Mid-Year Assessment Of FCPA Enforcement (Part II Of II)

DOJ’s criminal enforcement of the FCPA was the story of the second quarter of 2013. ...more

‘You Scratch My Back’ Leads To A Fine And Penalty

The above lyrics are the closing stanza to the song “Ghost Riders in the Sky”. I thought about the advice for the cowboy to change his ways to save his soul from Hell when I read in both the Financial Times (FT) and the Wall...more

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