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Knowing When to Fold — Arguing the FCPA’s Definition of “Foreign Official”

With lots of fanfare, Esquenazi and Rodriguez, and the usual suspects filed a cert petition and briefs in support of the appeal from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision affirming the lower court’s interpretation of...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

Supreme Court Declines to Review Definition of a “Foreign Official” Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: 11th Circuit’s...

On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court declined to review the 11th Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Esquenazi, et. al., leaving standing the appellate court’s expansive definition of “foreign official” under the Foreign Corrupt...more

Thinking Compliance When Protecting Your Ideas Internationally [Video]

Companies are increasingly seeking international protection for their intellectual property, but in doing so their interaction with foreign government agencies increases. Because of increased scrutiny on corporate compliance...more

Think Tanks Ask Supreme Court to Clarify Definition of “Foreign Official” in FCPA

Two think tanks, the Washington Legal Foundation and the Independence Institute, have filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of petitioners Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez, who were recently convicted of...more

GSK China: Did Case Finish with a Bang or a Whimper?

In typical Chinese fashion, the prosecution of GSK and several GSK executives ended after a one-day “trial.” GSK paid a $489 million fine; and four criminal sentences were handed out with suspension of jail time and orders of...more

China Amps Up Anti-Corruption Effort – What This Means for Your Company

Last Friday, China’s 15-month-long bribery investigation into British multinational pharmaceutical GlaksoSmithKline (GSK) ended after a one-day trial in which the court found GSK’s local subsidiary guilty of bribing doctors...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 38

In this issue: - SEC Releases Strategic Plan for 2014–2018 - House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act” - FINRA Board Approves Several Rulemaking Items...more

Securities Litigation Alert: GlaxoSmithKline and Five Executives Convicted of Bribery in China

On Friday, September 19, 2014, a Chinese court found pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline guilty of bribing doctors and hospitals in order to increase sales of the company’s products in China. Among other things, the company...more

Your FCPA good housekeeping: safeguards, procedures and the spouse eye-roll test

FCPA awareness and enforcement has exploded since 2002, but one thing remains the same: the most vexing part of the statute for companies, in terms of day-to-day compliance, is the part covering gifts, meals, entertainment...more

GSK Convicted – We are really, really sorry we paid bribes (and got caught)

“GSK plc sincerely apologies to the Chinese patients, doctors and hospitals, and the Chinese Government and the Chinese people.” With those words, the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) PLC was...more

Who’s a “Foreign Official”? Supreme Court Could Clarify Key FCPA Term

On August 14, 2014, Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez filed a Petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking clarification of a key term in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Among other arguments,...more

How Can Global Corporations Afford (or Afford Not) To Employ Professional Language Solution Providers

It seems like a daily occurrence that news organizations and blogs (this one included) report that global corporation XYZ, Inc. has run afoul of FCPA statutes somewhere in the world. The next few paragraphs will recount the...more

Company Agrees to $6.8 Million Fine For Selling Tainted Eggs and Bribing Official

While foreign bribery makes for sensational headlines, a Midwest egg company recently discovered why U.S. enforcement actions for domestic bribery have resulted in a sharp increase in corporate fines. The egg company agreed...more

Where to Now St. Peter? – Due Diligence Going Forward in China

Whatever you might think of where his career went, Elton John had some great early stuff. I still rank Tumbleweed Connection right up there as one of my favorite albums of all-time. And while it was packed with some great...more

FCPA Fugitives

The FCPA has broad extraterritorial reach. Everyone knows that and understands how foreign conduct can be prosecuted in the United States courts. FCPA violators, however, are learning about the long-arm of the law and...more

Looking Back on Johnny Winter and GSK’s 2001 China Bribery Scandal

Interestingly, there was an article in the Financial Times (FT) by Demetri Sevastopulo and Andrew Ward, entitled “GSK admits to 2001 Chinese bribery scandal”, which reported that the UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline...more

UK Wins First International Corruption Trial

The UK Serious Frauds Office (SFO) recently won its first overseas corruption victory convicting two individuals of a conspiracy to commit corruption. The case originally began six years ago with a referral by the U.S....more

Japan Discloses New Efforts to Combat Foreign Bribery, as OECD Steps Up Pressure on Japan to Increase Enforcement

While many people don’t know it, a bribery scandal in Japan in 1976 was part of the motivation for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which was signed into law on December 19, 1977. Almost exactly two decades later,...more

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Fraud Index Released-Startling Findings - A survey of more than 1,400 organizations worldwide revealed startling 4th quarter results on fraud trends for 2013. The Fraud Reporting Percentage (FRP), which measures fraud...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Provides Long-Awaited Guidance Regarding Whether an Entity Should be Considered an ‘Instrumentality’ of a...

In a decision with significant implications regarding the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the framework for determining whether an...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Clarify Post-Judgment Remedies Against Foreign Sovereigns

On June 16, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions in Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital, Ltd., one of the many cases to have arisen out of Argentina’s 2001 default on over $100 billion in sovereign bonds. While...more

Supreme Court Decides Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital, Ltd.

On June 16, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) does not prevent a judgment creditor from conducting postjudgment discovery into a foreign sovereign's assets outside the...more

SFO Prevails In First Contested Overseas Corruption Trial

The U.K.’s Serious Frauds Office prevailed in its first overseas corruption trial, securing a jury verdict in its favor and against two former Innospec executives. The case stems from a referral by the DOJ following FCPA...more

Supreme Court Holds that the FSIA Does Not Limit Post-Judgment Discovery

In its latest decision interpreting the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), the Supreme Court made clear that any claim of immunity by a foreign state must rise or fall based on the text of the FSIA. Because the FSIA...more

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