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The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...more

Kingpin Act Wielded Against Vice President of Venezuela

The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami), was designated on Monday by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics...more

Serious Fraud Office Makes Big Splash with UK Bribery Act Resolution with Rolls Royce

After years of fits and starts, and promises and disappointments, the Serious Fraud Office and the UK Bribery Act made its initial splash on the anti-corruption enforcement landscape. Since 2011, companies have been...more

The FCPA Enforcement Run Continues into 2017

Just when we thought 2016 was over and we could all breathe a sigh of relief, DOJ and the SEC have continued to run with a string of new enforcement actions. To all of those prognosticators, paparazzi, commentators, chicken...more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part I

When most people across the globe think of Rolls-Royce, one word comes to mind – excellence. Yet that image largely relates to Rolls-Royce Limited, the automobile manufacturer, which was founded in 1909. Just a few years...more

Foreign Officials, Defamation Claims and the DC anti-SLAPP Statute

First was the lawsuit filed by Yasser Abbas, the son of the Palestinian President, against Foreign Policy Group and one of its reporters, alleging that they defamed him by asking whether he was profiting from his father’s...more

FCPA Predictions for 2017 (Part III of III)

With the new incoming administration, everyone is busy predicting major changes in DOJ FCPA enforcement. I do not share this view. Frankly, FCPA enforcement is more bipartisan than other controversial enforcement programs...more

Shearman & Sterling’s Recent Trends and Patterns in the Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)/FCPA Digest -...

Shearman & Sterling’s bi-annual Trends & Patterns in FCPA Enforcement report provides insightful analysis of recent enforcement trends and patterns in the US, the UK and elsewhere, as well as helpful guidance on emerging best...more

US Expands Cyber-Related Sanctions Executive Order and Designates Russian Parties

On December 29, 2016, President Obama issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled "Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities."...more

T’Was the Week After Christmas: General Cable and Mexico Aviation FCPA Prosecutions

You know this has been a big year in FCPA enforcement when DOJ and the SEC announce two FCPA settlements during the usually sleepy week between Christmas and New Years. And what a year it has been – more to follow in my...more

RCMP Charge Calgary Man with Conspiracy to Bribe Thai Officials

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have recently laid charges against the president of a Canadian commercial aircraft company under the federal Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), for allegedly...more

Lessons Learned From FCPA Enforcement Against JP Morgan for Sons and Daughters Referral Program

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC finally brought to a close the Sons and Daughters or Princelings investigation. Pending investigations against four other companies still remain to be resolved....more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action, Part II

Today I will consider the superior result achieved by JPM in its FCPA resolution. Not only did it receive a 25% discount off the bottom of the US Sentencing Guidelines fine range but it received a NPA and not even a Deferred...more

Do You Know and Understand Your Compliance Policies?

My question appears to be fairly obvious, right? This is not a question or a quiz of every chief compliance officer. Rather, this is a question for everyone but the CCO and compliance and legal staff. Think about it....more

A Cautionary Illustration of the Need for Accounting and Compliance Reviews

Embraer SA, Brazil's flagship aerospace manufacturer and a worldwide competitor across various aviation markets, experienced first-hand the scope and reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Embraer agreed to pay...more

FCPA Enforcement Action Highlights Risks for the Financial Services Industry and Individual Executives

New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (the “Hedge Fund”) agreed to pay approximately $412 million to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of...more

Spuds MacKenzie Runs into FCPA/Whistleblower Buzzsaw

Ha. I’m just kidding. I don’t think Spuds MacKenzie has been a thing for years. But his former patron, Anheuser-Busch InBev, ran into some FCPA problems last month, and tacked on a whistleblower charge for good measure....more

Och-Ziff Failures in Due Diligence and Transaction Compliance (Part II)

The Och-Ziff enforcement action is replete with examples of failures in due diligence and transaction monitoring compliance. Och-Ziff’s bribery schemes were elaborate and intricate and involved complex transactions,...more

GSK Settles FCPA Charges with SEC

The SEC filed another settled FCPA action stemming from what the Order called “pervasive” practices in the China subsidiary of a multinational firm. This time GlaxoSmithKline plc was charged with internal control violations...more

Dig a Little Deeper: The Importance of Beneficial Ownership

Companies interact with a large number of entities in the outside world – customers, third party intermediaries and vendors and suppliers to name the most significant ones. These relationships are the lifeblood of a company....more

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls and Cultural Considerations When Conducting International Business in Asia

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Detailed technical definitions and explanations of what constitutes corrupt practices are available. A simple explanation is that furnishing a foreign government official with...more

Recent SEC Settlement Demonstrates FCPA Risks from Charitable Contributions

For just the second time in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s (FCPA) history, a company was charged with FCPA offenses based solely on a charitable contribution that was intended to buy the influence of a foreign...more

FCPA Compliance: Does “Anything of Value” Really Mean “Anything of Value”?

The FCPA statute is not as vague as some contend. I remember the words of a former FTC Chairperson who told me once – “The Clayton Act is not vague. I just read the law and apply it to the facts.”...more

Three Key Questions to Ask in Hiring of Family Members of Foreign Officials

One of the top academic commentators in the anti-corruption space is Matthew C. Stephenson, co-founder of the Global Anticorruption Blog. I was intrigued by Stephenson’s piece, entitled “Does an FCPA Violation Require a Quid...more

LATAM/LAN FCPA Enforcement Action, Part I-Some Questions

What is the cost of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation? One subset of that question is what is the cost of not cooperating and not remediating during the pendency of such investigations? Those were two of the...more

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