The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Dept. of Justice

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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Misconduct in the C-Suite: SEC Settles FCPA Case with CEO

The SEC is setting its sights on individual prosecutions. Both the Justice Department and the SEC have reiterated the importance of prosecuting individuals. DOJ’s Yates Memorandum promises to deliver an increase in civil and...more

Disneyland Bingo – SEC FCPA Settlement Points to Disneyland (Again)

In planning that trip to promote your products and to qualify under the FCPA affirmative defense of reasonable and bona fide expenditures, whatever you do, DO NOT take any foreign officials to Disneyland. On February 4, 2016,...more

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Emphasizes Priority to Bring Enforcement Actions for Commercial Bribery under U.S....

Black’s Law Dictionary defines commercial bribery as “[a] form of corrupt and unfair trade practice in which an employee accepts a gratuity to act against the best interest of his employer.” Commercial bribery is illegal...more

Global Focus on Anti-Corruption Continues: Transparency International Releases Corruption Perceptions Index 2015

On January 27, 2016, Transparency International published its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015. The 2015 edition ranks 168 countries based on the perceived level of corruption in the country’s public sector....more

Prosecuting Individuals – The Coming Wave

When the Justice Department adopts new strategies and policies, it takes time for results. Rest assured, however, that the Justice Department’s focus on individual accountability is going to have real and significant...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - January 2016

The FCPA in 2016: DOJ and SEC Focus on International Cooperation and Investigation of Individuals - Why it matters: As we reported in our December 2015 newsletter, both SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney and DOJ...more

"Aggressive Government Enforcement Continues: How Will Individual Prosecutions Impact Activity Against Institutions?"

U.S. authorities have been increasingly aggressive in their law enforcement and regulatory actions against multinational corporations and financial institutions, as well as individuals, in areas including market manipulation...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement 2016: In Like A Lamb, Out Like A Lion

In 2015, the U.S. Government significantly bolstered its resources dedicated to combat international corporate bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). By announcing the addition of a team of FCPA-dedicated...more

Oil and Gas Company Files Lawsuit Against Drilling Partners Challenging Post-FCPA Settlement Reticence

On January 11, a Houston-based oil and gas company filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against its drilling partners in the company’s Guinean operations. The company claims that the...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance beyond Headquarters: Improving Practices in Subsidiaries and Regional Offices

Effective anti-corruption compliance programs are fundamental in today’s corporate environment. However, even the most comprehensive controls put in place by companies may face difficulties in execution. It is not uncommon,...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 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

St. Mark’s Basilica and Updating Your Code of Conduct

The Venice Travel Edition continues today by focusing on Saint Mark’s Basilica, one of both Venice’s and the world’s treasures. It sits on Saint Mark’s Square, one of the most famous locations in all of Italy. While today it...more

The Antitrust Leniency Model and FCPA Enforcement

I am always wary of simplistic policy proposals – often the simple idea to apply one policy to another subject matter, just does not work. Instead, policy debate will turn to the simple idea and how it can easily be applied...more

Trending in 2016: Six Anticorruption Developments to Watch

With huge international scandals, such as those involving FIFA and Petrobras, dominating media coverage, bribery and corruption issues remained at the forefront for many throughout 2015. But what will the next year hold? ...more

The Person (Idea) of the Year – Corporate Ethics and Culture

Each year I have identified the so-called “person” of the year to capture the most significant enforcement and compliance trend. In the past, I have given the award to the Chief Compliance Officer, the Ethics Officer, the...more

FCPA Year for the DOJ in 2015

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) was a bit different in 2015 than the preceding years. Obviously the record fines and penalties of 2014 dropped considerably. Further, there...more

FCPA Digest - January 2016

The FCPA Digest provides and an invaluable compendium of all Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions and private actions including US foreign bribery proceedings including criminal prosecutions, DOJ foreign...more

Star Wars Week Part IV – Disruption Innovation in Compliance

Today I return to the original Star Wars movie entry, Episode IV – A New Hope. I do not think I can say too much about the movie, which has not been already said or written, but it is still one of my all time favorites. It...more

Massachusetts-Based Imaging Company Discloses Settlement Offer to End FCPA Investigations

In a quarterly securities filing made on December 9, a Massachusetts-based manufacturer of airport security equipment, disclosed that the SEC and DOJ have made separate proposals to end their FCPA investigations into the...more

UK Prosecutor Secures First Deferred Prosecution Agreement for Bribery

We consider the implications for corporations under UK and US law, and the future of global criminal and civil investigations. On November 26, 2015, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) secured its first Deferred...more

Structural Compliance and Cultural Ethical Change in an Organization

Sometimes corruption is so endemic in an organization that you wonder if the organization should just blow itself up and start over. In a company going through a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation, a Board of...more

DOJ’s Compliance Counsel & Compliance Expectations

The Justice Department’s hiring of Hui Chen as the new Compliance Counsel is an important development in DOJ’s prosecution of corporate defendants. It is not clear yet what impact Ms. Chen will have. At a recent event at NYU,...more

White Collar Enforcement Omnibus Edition—Cyber Crimes, Sanctions and Spoofing, Oh My!

Why it matters: Since our last newsletter, a lot has been going on in white collar enforcement… so much so that we decided to devote an entire newsletter to it. It was a month of superlatives. The DOJ and the SEC announced...more

Claims Management Company Discloses Possible FCPA Violations

On November 9, an Atlanta-based claims management firm, disclosed that it had reported possible FCPA violations to DOJ and SEC. The company discovered the possible violations during an internal audit and has since launched an...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

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