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Should the Definition of “Foreign Official” Matter?

FCPA practitioners are familiar with the term “public international organization” as included in the definition of “foreign official” for FCPA liability purposes but do we really know what the term means? Recent activity...more

Common FCPA Issues

As our previous posts illustrate, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can carry a hefty cost. Two issues are commonly the impetus for FCPA violations and, practically speaking, pose significant FCPA...more

Tackling Corruption – Now A Truly Global Initiative?

There continues to be a global drive towards greater transparency and accountability in business. There are a number of factors at play here. ...more

Foreign Bribery: The Inquiry Briefing Paper on the Senate into Australia's Foreign Bribery Scheme

The Commonwealth Senate Standing Committee on Economics is conducting an inquiry into the scope and effectiveness of existing Australian measures to address foreign bribery. It is due to deliver its report in July 2016....more

The World Bank: Lending & Developing without Corruption

The World Bank recently assessed a project relating to the funding of power stations in South Africa. The World Bank’s initial assessment appears to have cascaded from an SEC enforcement action with respect to Hitachi Ltd....more

Astros in the Playoffs, Will Hell Freeze Over?

When recently I contacted the Underworld about the potential listing of this vast property, I was stunned when Satan himself answered the phone. While I was tempted to ask what happened to all his hired help down there,...more

The World Bank: Confronting Poverty without Corruption

I was recently reading an article about a former UN consultant who was convicted and sentenced for conspiring to inflate prices for a UN contract to distribute pharmaceuticals to the DNC. As part of the investigation, e-mail...more

Reflections on the Hitachi FCPA Enforcement Action

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced resolution of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Hitachi Ltd (Hitachi). There were several interesting aspects to...more

You’re the Man—Government Targets Individuals in FCPA Cases

The government has increasingly focused its FCPA enforcement firepower on individuals. On August 31, a Russian official living in Maryland pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with arranging $2...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

A CD or not a CD, That is the Question… That the Auditors Should Have Answered - A headline-grabbing SEC enforcement action last week against BDO USA and several of its national partners may lead audit firms to insist on...more

Bribery and Behaviors from the Front-Lines

Tell me a little bit about your background and how you came to be an anti-bribery consultant. My entry point into the defense business was as a fourth generation family member of what at the time (the mid 80's) was one...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for August 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

DOJ Revises the FCPA Resource Guide

In June 2015, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published revisions to their jointly issued A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Resource Guide, initially...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In a burst of post-Labor Day energy, the SEC filed a number of significant actions. Those include a series of actions arising out of the audit failure by BDO; actions centered on a financial fraud at an on-line lender; cases...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - September 2015

No Dog Days of August for the SEC—A Recap of a Busy Month - Why it matters: Who says there is a government slowdown in August? Not for the SEC. August 2015 turned out to be very busy indeed for the agency, which...more

Highway 61 Revisited Week – Like a Rolling Stone and the Tenex Matter

Last week was the 50th anniversary of the seminal Bob Dylan album, Highway 61 Revisited. It has always been my favorite Dylan album so to honor its release in 1965, this week I will use one song as an introduction into the...more

The High Cost of an FCPA Violation

Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can lead to hefty penalties. Indeed, individuals who violate the FCPA, and their employers, could be on the hook for a variety of penalties described below. Companies...more

Hiring Practices: A New or Old FCPA Compliance Challenge?

Contrary to the opinion of many in the FCPA space, the BNY Mellon settlement and the looming actions against six major financial institutions for hiring practices is not a big shock or surprise. The SEC is not raising a new...more

DOJ Loses Argument for FCPA Jurisdiction Based Merely on Accessory Liability

A U.S. District Court has rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to assign FCPA liability to a foreign citizen based on the “accomplice liability” theory sketched out in DOJ’s public guidance. On August 13, 2015, the...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2015

Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Foreign Official Pleads Guilty In Connection with FCPA Conspiracy

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was aimed at halting corrupt payments made to improperly influence foreign officials. In drafting the Act Congress chose not to impose liability on the foreign official involved in corrupt...more

Federal Judge Rejects DOJ’s Theory of FCPA Accomplice Liability

On August 13, 2015, a US district judge dismissed a charge seeking to hold a defendant criminally liable for conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) if he is not a principal or agent of a US domestic...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Israel Beware – Trends in Enforcement.

Intuitively, Israeli companies and their directors would likely assume that their businesses are immune to investigation and the assessment of penalties by US regulators that are separated by a vast ocean and located more...more

Key Lessons From The SEC's FCPA Enforcement Action Against BNY Mellon

The cost of hiring an intern just went up. The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. ("BNY Mellon") last week agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") $14.8 million to settle allegations that the company...more

DOJ’s Warning to High-Tech Companies: SAP Official Pleads Guilty To FCPA Violation

When DOJ acts, they like to make a splash. While the FCPA Paparazzi have been lamenting the “slow down” in FCPA enforcement actions and the increase in case closings, DOJ still makes its mark when it acts, and I expect more...more

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