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In the Third-Largest FCPA Enforcement Action Ever, Telia Agrees to Pay Almost $1 Billion to Resolve Bribery Inquiry in Uzbekistan;...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In the first blockbuster FCPA action of the Trump administration, on September 21, 2017, Swedish telecommunications company Telia agreed to pay $965 million in total penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and...more

Diwali: An Opportune Time for an Anti-Corruption Compliance Reminder

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This year, India celebrates Diwali on October 19, 2017. “The Festival of Lights,” as Diwali (or Deepavli) is commonly called, is celebrated across India with great aplomb, joy and, of course, delicious sweets. Diwali...more

FCPA under the New Administration

by Blank Rome LLP on

The single most frequently asked question by our international clients over the past several months is whether there will be changes in white collar prosecution priorities under the new administration, specifically with...more

2nd Circuit Weighs in on Certifying Classes Involving Foreign Securities

by Burr & Forman on

In In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion regarding the standards for certifying a class involving foreign securities. Petrobras is a multinational Brazilian gas...more

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

by Michael Volkov on

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

by Michael Volkov on

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

FCPA Predictions for 2017 (Part III of III)

by Michael Volkov on

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 -...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

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

by Michael Volkov on

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

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

by Michael Volkov on

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

by Thomas Fox on

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?

by Michael Volkov on

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

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

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

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

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

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

by Michael Volkov on

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

Froome Ends Tour With Win; JP Morgan to End Sons and Daughters Case?

by Thomas Fox on

I begin today’s post with a tip of the (cycling) helmet to Englishman Chris Froome who yesterday won his third Tour de France championship. Froome overcame a great many obstacles, not the least of which was being involved a...more

Avoiding the “Al Capone” version of an FCPA enforcement action—Are your internal controls in order?

Notorious gangster Al Capone likely was guilty of numerous crimes, including bootlegging, maintaining a house of prostitution, bribery, racketeering and multiple counts of murder. Yet he was never convicted of those crimes. ...more

Doing Business in Cuba Under the FCPA, Part IV

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my exploration of some of the issues around doing business in Cuba, from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) perspective. Today I want to consider the types of ownership structures that are currently in place...more

Doing Business in China Should Be “Scary”

by Michael Volkov on

Lauren Connell, Managing Associate at The Volkov Law Group, joins us again for another posting on corruption risks in China. A little fear is healthy. It will keep you vigilant and aware. At this point if corporate...more

SEC Settlement Sends a Strong Message to Companies: Treat Princelings and Commoners Alike, or Pay Dearly

by Bryan Cave on

On March 1, 2016, the SEC announced that Qualcomm Incorporated, a San Diego-based wireless telecommunication product company, agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle charges that its actions violated the Foreign Corrupt...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Alert

by WilmerHale on

Busy Q1 Yields Several Significant FCPA Resolutions - Overview - On February 19, during the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) annual “SEC Speaks” conference, Kara Brockmeyer, Chief of the SEC’s FCPA...more

Lessons from Qualcomm

by Thomas Fox on

Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concluded a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FPCA) enforcement action against Qualcomm Inc. for violations on the Accounting Provisions of the FCPA, including both the...more

Qualcomm Settles FCPA Charges With SEC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Gifts and hospitality continue to be a key theme in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. The action also involves hiring relatives of officials and ignoring risk in the face of a weak compliance and internal control environment. In...more

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