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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

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

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 66-Visit with the FCPA Professor [Video]

In this episode I welcome back the FCPA Professor who gives his views on the Esquenazi decision, his recent book and his upcoming FCPA Institute....more

Anti-Corruption Digest

Anti-Corruption Digest is an update distributed on a monthly basis by Dorsey & Whitney providing a summary of the latest developments in anti-corruption enforcement activity around the world. In This Issue: -...more

May Flowers for GSK? The Corruption Investigation Deepens

April showers bring May flowers, at least that is the old truism. One place it is decidedly correct is at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which began its run as one of the, if not the greatest, annual flower shows in the world...more

Court Issues Rare Guidance on When State-Owned Enterprises Are “Instrumentalities” of Foreign Governments

In United States v. Esquenazi, No. 11-15331 (11th Cir. May 16, 2014) the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently set forth a test for evaluating when the executives and employees of a company owned or...more

First Jail Term Sentence under Canada’s Foreign Corruption Legislation Sends Clear Deterrence Warning to Corporate Officers

Introduction - Following the first trial under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Nazir Karigar, an agent for Ottawa-based technology company, Cryptometrics Canada, was convicted for conspiring to...more

Court of Appeals Hands Down Landmark FCPA Ruling Defining the Term “Instrumentality”

Federal appellate court decisions interpreting the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) are rare. Very rare. Indeed, in the statute’s 36-year history there have been barely more than a handful of appellate court decisions...more

11th Circuit First To Define “Instrumentality” Under FCPA

On May 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit became the first circuit court to define “instrumentality” under the FCPA. U.S. v. Esquenazi, No. 11-15331 (11th Cir. May 16, 2014)....more

In First Ruling by a Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Adopts Broad Definition of “Foreign Instrumentality” under FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits bribing a “foreign official,” yet courts have rarely had the chance to weigh in on who exactly qualifies as a foreign official. Enforcement agencies have taken the position...more

Just Say No: Refusing To Pay Bribes

I was never a big fan of the Reagan Administration’ solution to America’s drug problem – Just Say No. The phrase was a simple solution to a more complex problem, one that people now recognize as a health problem rather than...more

China Compliance Update: Commercial Bribery Risks Remain Very Real in China

The enactment of new legislation, as well as new and continuing investigations, demonstrates that Chinese regulators have not slowed down their efforts to ferret out corruption in the pharmaceutical sector and related...more

Crude Allegations: Corruption in the Energy Trading Sector

The world-wide energy trading sector, where traders match physical supply and demand of energy by purchasing, reselling, and moving commodities (crude oil and refined products, natural gas, coal, and even electricity) across...more

Joan Fontaine And The Evolution Of Compensation Issues In A Compliance Program

Compliance programs evolve just as the thinking on best practices has changed over the past few years. One of the areas that has not received as much attention in compliance programs is the amount of compensation paid to...more

Fine Tuning Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program [Video]

Summary: In this era of aggressive FCPA enforcement, companies are adopting anti-corruption compliance programs. The Department of Justice and the SEC have warned companies against adopting "paper compliance programs" without...more

Oral Arguments Heard In Historic "Foreign Official" Challenge

Last Friday in Miami, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in U.S. v. Joel Esquenazi & Carlos Rodriguez. The issues on appeal did not just relate to the FCPA’s ”foreign official” element, but as to this...more

The Harvest Moon Will Shine A Light On Compliance

The Harvest Moon is generally considered to be the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox; the day in the fall when night and day are most equal in length. In folklore, the Harvest Moon was a symbol of fruitfulness allowing...more

GSK In China: A Game Changer for Compliance

The allegations of bribery and corruption by the UK company GlaxoSmithKline are a true game changer for the compliance world. This is the first time that the Chinese have enforced their domestic anti-corruption laws against...more

All In The Family: Enforcement Focus On Hiring Of Relatives Of Foreign Officials

Can you imagine being the public relations director for China these days?...more

Where’s The Ball? Lesson For The Compliance Practitioner In China

Where’s the ball? That iconic question was asked by Oakland A’s center fielder Chris Young to Houston Astro left fielder Robbie Grossman near second base late Wednesday night, as Grossman was returning to the dugout after...more

GSK And Missed Red Flags In China

One of the questions that GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) will have to face during the next few years of bribery and corruption investigations is how an allegedly massive bribery and corruption scheme occur in its Chinese...more

The Films Of Satyajit Ray And The GSK China Investigation: Both Game-Changers

If you are in London this week, I might suggest that you drop by the British Film Institute (BFI), which is celebrating the work of the Indian film maker, Satyajit Ray....more

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