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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

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

Eleventh Circuit Defines “Instrumentality” Under the FCPA

In a case of first impression for the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the court interpreted the term “instrumentality” of a foreign government in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The court used the...more

Federal Court of Appeals Addresses Oft-Debated Definition of "Instrumentality" Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On May 16, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals was the first federal appellate court to weigh in on the controversial definition of "instrumentality" under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In United States v....more

Red Notice Newsleter

Welcome to the May 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month, on the anticorruption front, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) agrees to pay USD $135 million to settle a...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

Who Is a ‘Foreign Official’ under the FCPA? Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

Providing appellate guidance for the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit interpreted a key term defining the types of “foreign officials” subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and...more

Federal Appeals Court Defines “Instrumentality” Under FCPA

Federal appeals court provides a two-step “control” and “function” analysis for determining whether an entity qualifies as an “instrumentality” under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. On May 16, the U.S. Court of...more

"Eleventh Circuit Addresses Scope of FCPA Coverage of Activity Involving State-Controlled Business Enterprises"

On May 16, 2014, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provided the first appellate court interpretation of the reach of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to conduct involving...more

DOJ, SEC Announce More Charges In Broker-Dealer Foreign Bribery Case

On April 14, the DOJ and the SEC announced additional charges in a previously announced case against employees of a U.S. broker-dealer related to an alleged “massive international bribery scheme.” ...more

DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction

Enacted in 1977 in response to the revelation of widespread bribery of foreign officials by U.S. companies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA” or “the Act”) was “intended to halt those corrupt practices, create a level...more

January 2014 FCPA Digest

In this issue: - Recent Trends and Patterns in FCPA Enforcement - Foreign Bribery Criminal Prosecution under the FCPA - Foreign Bribery Civil Actions Instituted by the Department of Justice under the...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

A Bribe is a Bribe

Last week the SEC reported that Diebold, Inc. agreed to pay more than $48 million in fines and prejudgment interest to settle SEC civil charges and DOJ criminal charges that it had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act....more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2013

Introduction - Welcome to the July/August 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In this month’s edition, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office files its first Bribery Act charges; a...more

Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends

...“Welcome back my friends” would certainly seem to be an excellent way to introduce today’s topic; that being the stunning report in the Sunday New York Times (NYT), that JP Morgan is under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

The Glaxo-China Bribery Scandal: A New Policeman Walks The Beat

When it comes to allegations of foreign bribery, what a difference a week can make. Just over ten days ago, a new player in the world of international bribery – the Chinese Ministry of Public Security – announced that it was...more

Not Draconian – Gift, Travel And Entertainment Under The FCPA

The Greek ruler Draco has received some very bad PR advice over the centuries. ...more

Global Connection - May 2013: DOJ Investigation of a Media Company Shows that FCPA Is Best Viewed Broadly; Sting Operations Will...

The news this month that the FBI will continue to use sting operations to net Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA or the Act) violators only serves to emphasize that the FCPA is best viewed broadly. The net cast by the...more

Failing To Act: Lessons From 2012 FCPA Enforcement

FCPA practitioners tend to repeat themselves. Some of the points we make need to be repeated, and some do not. Businesses are not able to react as quickly as they should in response to potential risks and possible...more

Pfizer FCPA Settlement Emphasizes the Importance of Robust Compliance Programs for the Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry has been under increased SEC and DOJ scrutiny lately for potential FCPA violations. What has been described as an “industry sweep,” has focused primarily on medical device and pharmaceutical companies....more

Smaller FCPA Story But We’re Sure You’re Following It: DOJ Issues New Opinion Procedure Releases

While the FCPA world – and this blog – has been abuzz thanks to the new FCPA Guide, on a relatively mundane note, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) also recently issued two Opinion Procedure Releases (OPRs) with respect to...more

Flailing at the Definition of a “Foreign Official”

Perhaps I was being overly optimistic. I thought the Justice Department and the SEC could bring a little clarity to the term “instrumentality” in the definition of a “foreign official” under the FCPA. It was wishful...more

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