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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This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another settled FCPA action this week. The proceeding named two U.S. citizens living abroad as Respondents. The DOJ issued an Opinion discussing successor liability....more

DOJ’s Second Opinion Release of 2014: Is DOJ Evolving Away from the Halliburton Opinion Standard?

The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) just issued its most recent FCPA Opinion Release, only the second in 2014. The Requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to whether...more

Caveat Emptor: Five Steps to Avoid FCPA Successor Liability in M&A

Anti-corruption due diligence has become increasingly common in the M&A context. But when such pre-acquisition diligence identifies possible improper payments to foreign government officials or other red flags, what is the...more

Recent FCPA Enforcement Actions: The Layne Christensen Case and SBM Offshore

The Fourth Quarter of 2014 has been a busy one for DOJ and SEC in the FCPA arena. We are all praying that DOJ and SEC resolve the Avon case soon so that we do not have to include the case on our lists for predictions for...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 107 the Bio-Rad FCPA Enforcement [Video]

In this episode, I take a deep dive into the Bio-Rad FCPA enforcement action. ...more

Opinion Release 14-02: Dis-Linking The Illegal Conduct Going Forward

One of my favorite words in the context of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement is dis-link. I find it a useful adjective in explaining how certain conduct by a company must be separated from the winning of...more

Significant Trends from Recent FCPA Enforcement Actions: The Bio-Rad Case

The FCPA enforcement doomsayers can add another notch to their belt – their predictions and suggestions of “enforcement slow downs,” “significant policy changes,” and other misguided claims can be added to the ash heap of...more

Trial Lawyering and FCPA Compliance

As most readers of this blog know, I am a recovering trial lawyer. To this day, some of my best friends are still out there, still teeing it up as trial lawyers. They have an important place in our country’s legal system,...more

Medical Company Settles FCPA Claims With SEC and DOJ

On November 3, a medical company agreed to pay a total of $55 million to settle DOJ and SEC allegations that the company violated the FCPA in Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam. According to the SEC’s cease-and-desist order,...more

Cable Company Announces FCPA Internal Investigation Near Completion

Just a month after announcing its internal investigation of possible FCPA violations, news reports indicate that a major cable company’s review will be completed or substantially completed by the first quarter of 2015. ...more

Voluntary Disclosure: The Continuing Debate

For years (okay 3 years), I have written about the need for DOJ to address its policies surrounding voluntary disclosure. DOJ and the SEC regularly urge companies and FCPA practitioners to disclose FCPA violations to DOJ in...more

Texas Supreme Court to Weigh In on Shell Defamation Suit

The Texas Supreme Court recently agreed to hear Shell Oil Co.’s pending defamation case. Robert Writt, a former Shell employee, sued the company for defamation after Shell submitted a report to the Department of Justice about...more

Gordon Lightfoot, the Edmund Fitzgerald and the Bio-Rad FCPA Settlement, Part I

This month there are two dates that are forever tied together in the annuals of maritime tragedies and great songwriters. November 10 is the 39th anniversary of the sinking of the Great Lakes freighter the SS Edmund...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

This week the SEC and the DOJ filed a settled FCPA action. The disgorgement paid by the issuer put the case at number ten on the list for the largest such amounts paid in an SEC FCPA case....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 104-interview with Russ Berland [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Russ Berland, who was outside counsel heading up the FCPA investigation for Layne Christensen. I discuss with Russ the fabulous he was able to achieve, a Declination to Prosecute from the DOJ and...more

Top 4 Benefits of Self-Reporting FCPA Violations

Violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) can lead to significant fines and serious consequences, leaving many to wonder why an organization would opt to voluntarily disclose violations. This is exactly what...more

SEC – DOJ Resolve FCPA Charges With Bio-Rad Labs

The SEC and the DOJ resolved FCPA charges with California based life science research and clinical diagnostics company Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. The charges stem from bribes paid in Russia, Vietnam and Thailand. The company...more

Layne Christensen Settles SEC FCPA Probe

-- Negligible Evidence of Business Nexus Element May Explain DOJ Declination - Consenting to a October 27, 2014, Cease and Desist Order, the global water management, construction and drilling company Layne Christensen...more

Don't fall flat on anti-corruption due diligence

Failing grade for many countries - Recently, Transparency International came out with their Corruption Progress Report for 2014. A promise was made about 15+ years ago by many of the world's leading economies to...more

DOJ’s Marshall Miller: You’re All FCPA Lawyers Now

Marshall Miller, the Justice Department’s principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, has been heating up the compliance conference circuit in recent weeks. On September 17th, it was the Global...more

For Now, The Broad Interpretation of “Foreign Officials” Under the FCPA Is Here to Stay

In recent years, the DOJ and SEC have significantly increased their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement efforts, and in the process, have successfully advocated the theory that state-owned or state-controlled...more

Tommy Lewis, Dicky Maegle and the DOJ Call for Individual Prosecutions

Tommy Lewis died this week. For those of you uninitiated in college football, Lewis was an Alabama football player who jumped up off the Alabama bench to tackle Rice University halfback Dicky Maegle, who was scampering...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — FCPA, SEC/DOJ Joint Actions, and Other Recent Criminalization Trends

Today I’m blogging from Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, this year being held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not...more

Beyond the Checklist: Seven Keys to Effective Trade Due Diligence

Anti-corruption due diligence can be vexing even in the best of conditions; it is often made more complicated by time and business pressures that arise in the context of a merger or acquisition or an urgent sales opportunity....more

Inside M&A - Fall 2014

Managing Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions - Buyers can acquire unintended and potentially very damaging liabilities together with target business or assets. Analyzing the financial situation of a target company,...more

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