The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act UK Bribery Act Securities & Exchange Commission

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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Private Equity’s Corruption Risk Underbelly — Portfolio Companies

FCPA enforcement will likely take a turn into the private equity industry. I know this is a regular claim by FCPA practitioners but we already can see the beginning of the trend. The “princeling” investigations are...more

Great Structures Week III – The Roman Arch and Resourcing Your Compliance Program

I continue my Great Structures Week with focus on structural engineering innovations from ancient Rome. I am drawing these posts from The Teaching Company course, entitled “Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures:...more

Great Structures Week I: Vitruvius, the Brooklyn Bridge and Compliance

I recently completed a course from The Teaching Company, entitled “Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity”, taught by Professor Stephen Ressler. It was a wonderful...more

Pink Flamingos and the Compliance Audit

The creator of one of the most ubiquitous symbols of mid-century Americana died earlier this week. Don Featherstone, the creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. He was...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: At a Glance

In this issue: - FCPA AT A GLANCE - THE ANTI-BRIBERY PROVISIONS OF THE FCPA - TO WHOM THE ANTI-BRIBERY PROVISIONS APPLY - THE PAYMENT ELEMENT - THE CORRUPT INTENT ELEMENT - WHO IS A...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part I – Mapping of Your Internal Compliance Controls

This week I will present a series on steps that you can take in your compliance program if you find yourself, your company or your industry in an economic downturn. All of the recommendations I will make are ideas that have...more

Levi Strauss and Auditing of Third Parties

Today we celebrate innovation. On this day in 1873, a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets was granted. This marked the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: the blue jeans. Jacob Davis, a...more

January FCPA Enforcement Digest – FCPA Compliance Training Top Priority in 2015

With as much FCPA activity as we saw in December, I thought our January news digest might take on a different flavor. I was wrong – January brought a slew of new FCPA-related stories. ...more

FCPA Predictions for 2015 (Part II of II)

The key to being a successful (FCPA) prognosticator is never to keep score. If you do, you are likely to be disappointed. Instead, I follow the strategy of calculated distraction – for example, I predicted last year...more

Red Notice Newsletter - December 2014

Welcome to the December 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a major cosmetics retailer as well as its subsidiary pleads guilty to...more

Shoring Up Your Internal Controls to Keep Your FCPA Compliance Program Current

We recently hosted a webinar featuring noted FCPA expert Tom Fox. Tom explained exactly what the DOJ and SEC look for when enforcing the FCPA and how organizations can stay within the FCPA regulations. Jimmy Lin, our VP of...more

How to Avoid a Mousetrap – Resource Reductions in Your Compliance Function

On this day, 62 years ago, “The Mousetrap”, a murder-mystery written by Agatha Christie, opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. The crowd-pleasing whodunit has become the longest continuously running play in history,...more

Survey: Anti-Corruption Laws Have Major Impact on Corporate Compliance Policies

With over $1.5 billion in fines assessed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) since 2010, corruption concerns are playing a larger role in corporate...more

For FCPA Compliance, Tone At The Top Key, Lack of Policies A Difficulty

The number of FCPA enforcement actions brought in recent years has declined. The SEC, for example, reports that in fiscal 2013 it brought 8 cases, compared to 10 in 2012 and 15 in 2011. Nevertheless, those who might be...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

How Straight From The Lion’s Mouth Informs Your Hotline

The symbol of Venice is the Lion of St. Mark. The use of this symbol led to the maxim ‘straight from the lion’s mouth’. This adage came about because the Republic of Venice had its own hotline system where citizens could...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

Third Party Risk in a Global Environment

Most organizations engage with hundreds, if not often thousands, of third party vendors, suppliers, agents and business partners, creating a daunting and ever-expanding scope of risk. This risk arises from: 1....more

Corruption Enforcement Goes Global

As BakerHostetler recently reported in its FCPA Mid-Year Update, the phenomenon of parallel prosecutions is gaining popularity as more countries enact and enforce anti-corruption legislation....more

The NHL And Compliance: Some Thoughts From Alexandra Wrage On Doing Business Ethically

This past week I chaired the Beacon Events Corruption and Compliance – Asia Congress 2013 conference....more

UK Bribery Act: Red Light, Green Light or Mixed-Signals?

The UK Government has announced a review of the Bribery Act 2010 and its intent to reduce the cost of compliance for small and medium-sized businesses. The main focus will apparently be on facilitation payments. These are...more

My FCPA And Bribery Act Musings Continue

This past week, my second book, “Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act” was released. Over the past few years I have tried to provide the compliance practitioner with solid information that can be used to implement,...more

Anti-Corruption Law And The Oil And Gas Industry: Evolutions In Both Demand Vigilance

Businesses in the oil and gas industry are cautioned to pay careful attention to evolutions in anti-corruption law in the jurisdictions where they operate. The U.S. government has successfully enforced the Foreign Corrupt...more

Don’t Spread Your Compliance Program Too Thin

“You do not want to be spread too thin”. When I heard that phrase a light bulb went off inside my head. It was uttered to me by Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of Dresser-Rand. I asked Jan what he meant by the...more

Doing Business In Italy - Step Up Your FCPA Compliance Now

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is no stranger to scandal and controversial statements, but lately his words and actions seem to be providing cause for concern outside of the European Union....more

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