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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

Improved U.S. - Cuba Relations Create Potential FCPA Risks for U.S. Companies Looking to Do Business There

The normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba offers potential lucrative business opportunities for companies that are prepared to meet Cuba’s unique corruption risks. On December 17, 2014, President...more

Doing Business in Cuba Under the FCPA, Part IV

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”

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

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

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

Pennsylvania District Court Addresses “Public International Organization” Aspect of FCPA

The relatively sparse judicial caselaw on the FCPA expanded last week with a new opinion interpreting the “public international organization” language in the statute. In an opinion denying the defense’s Motion to Dismiss an...more

India Supreme Court Rules that Private Bankers Operating in India Are “Public Servants,” Significantly Expanding Anti-Corruption...

The Supreme Court of India recently issued a landmark ruling that may significantly expand the risk companies face under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and similar anti-bribery statutes across the world. On...more

Lessons from Qualcomm

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

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

VimpelCom Ltd. Agrees to Pay $795M and Accept a Three-Year Corporate Monitor to Resolve Massive Bribery Scheme in Uzbekistan

On February 18, 2016, Amsterdam-based VimpelCom Ltd., the world’s sixth-largest telecommunications company, and its wholly owned Uzbek subsidiary, Unitel LLC, entered into agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice...more

SEC Targets Insufficient Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlements focus on companies’ lack of sufficient anti-corruption compliance programs, which means, to the SEC, that the companies...more

Best Practices to Avoid Common FCPA Violations: Gifts, Meals, and Entertainment

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

International Anti-Corruption Day: everybody has a role to play in tackling corruption

Today’s guest post for International Anti-Corruption Day is by Adrian Phoon, Head of Content for GRC Solutions. GRC Solutions is an online compliance training market in the Asia Pacific region. With their Compliance Learning...more

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

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

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