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Cooperation, the SEC and FOIA

A critical part of cooperating with an SEC or DOJ investigation for FCPA or other possible violations is the production of documents. In order for the company to assess what happened it must conduct an internal investigation...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: At a Glance

In this issue: - FCPA AT A GLANCE - THE ANTI-BRIBERY PROVISIONS OF THE FCPA - TO WHOM THE ANTI-BRIBERY PROVISIONS APPLY - THE PAYMENT ELEMENT - THE CORRUPT INTENT ELEMENT - WHO IS A...more

Oil and Gas Company with Republic of Guinea Operations Announces Conclusion of DOJ Investigation

Houston-based Hyperdynamics Corp. announced in an 8-K filed on May 26 that the DOJ had closed its investigation into alleged FCPA violations by the company in the Republic of Guinea. A parallel investigation by the SEC...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 165-BHP FCPA Enforcement and Lessons Learned for the Compliance Practitioner  [Video]

In this episode I review the BHP Billiton FCPA enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. I review the underlying facts and provide some lessons learned for the compliance practitioner. The key...more

Former Olympic Games Sponsor Settles With SEC for $25 Million Over FCPA Violations

On May 20, BHP Billiton Ltd. and BHP Billiton Plc (BHPB), a global resources company that sponsored the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, settled Securities and Exchange Commission charges of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

BHP Billiton Resolves FCPA Charges with $25 Million Settlement

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a $25 million settlement with Anglo-Australian natural resource extraction company BHP Billiton. The settlement resolves charges that the...more

Why Did BHP Billiton Settle an FCPA Case Including 7+ Year-Old Conduct?

Remember the Water Cube from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? BHP Billiton has probably had reason to think about it recently. On Wednesday it settled an FCPA case with the SEC arising out of the company’s sponsoring the...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, two individuals receive multi-year sentences for Venezuelan bribery,...more

Franchising and Liability Under the FCPA

I am often asked about franchisor liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Franchising has been a successful model in the US and now many corporations are looking at overseas expansion opportunities....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 122-with Matt Kelly on Alstom, Avon and Petrobras [Video]

In this episode, Compliance Week Editor-in-Chief Matt Kelly and I discuss the Avon and Alstom FCPA enforcement actions and then take a look at the ongoing Petrobras corruption scandal and what it means for Brazil. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 121-FCPA Year in Review, Part II [Video]

In this episode I review the two Opinion Releases, Esquenazi court decision, DOJ communications via speeches on FCPA enforcement. I end with a look at 2015. ...more

DOJ, SEC Inquiry into Och-Ziff Capital “Placement Fee” Payment Highlights Continuing FCPA Scrutiny

Och-Ziff Capital Management (Och-Ziff), a publicly traded hedge fund, hasdisclosed that it is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). ...more

Recent Trends and Patterns in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement

In this memo: - Enforcement Actions and Strategies - Perennial Statutory Issues - Compliance Guidance - Unusual Developments - Private Litigation - Enforcement in the United...more

Avon Settles FCPA Charges

On December 17, 2014, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) resolved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations being conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with a...more

The FCPA Year in Review: Twist and Shout (Part I of II)

We all like annual reviews and predictions for the upcoming year – it is a New Year’s rite of passage and one that brings perspective and a sense of order to our otherwise chaotic lives....more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges Against Global Manufacturer

On December 15, the SEC settled charges against a global manufacturer for allegedly violating the FCPA by providing non-business payments and travel expenses to Chinese government officials with the expectation of obtaining...more

Gifts of Travel and Luxury Watches to Saudi Officials Not Mere 'Icing on the Cake' for FCPA Charges

Improper Gifts Alone, Without Cash Bribes, Serve as Basis for SEC’s Latest FCPA Enforcement Action - Earlier this week, the SEC announced fines for two former defense contractor employees for FCPA violations relating...more

SEC – DOJ Resolve FCPA Charges With Bio-Rad Labs

The SEC and the DOJ resolved FCPA charges with California based life science research and clinical diagnostics company Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. The charges stem from bribes paid in Russia, Vietnam and Thailand. The company...more

For Now, The Broad Interpretation of “Foreign Officials” Under the FCPA Is Here to Stay

In recent years, the DOJ and SEC have significantly increased their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement efforts, and in the process, have successfully advocated the theory that state-owned or state-controlled...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 38

In this issue: - SEC Releases Strategic Plan for 2014–2018 - House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act” - FINRA Board Approves Several Rulemaking Items...more

Your FCPA good housekeeping: safeguards, procedures and the spouse eye-roll test

FCPA awareness and enforcement has exploded since 2002, but one thing remains the same: the most vexing part of the statute for companies, in terms of day-to-day compliance, is the part covering gifts, meals, entertainment...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

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

Esquenazi Appeal Confirms the Broad Reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

In last month’s closely watched Esquenazi decision, a U.S. court of appeal weighed in on the definition of “instrumentality” under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for the first time. The case—an appeal to the 11th...more

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