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A Surprise in Progressive Rock – FCPA Internal Investigations

The case has a long involved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) history. It involves Panalpina and its customer Shell. David Smyth, in his great blog Cady Bar the Door, reported, in a post entitled “Texas Court of Appeals...more

Preservation of Legal Privilege in Corporate Investigations – A Cross Border Comparison

A D.C. Circuit decision (In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.) has confirmed privilege over employee statements during in-house investigations. Can the world take comfort? This article examines privilege in the context of...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 64-Managing the Third Party Relationship Under the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode I continue my review of the five steps of managing third parties under the FCPA. In this part II, I discuss steps 3-5....more

Three Practical Steps to Managing FCPA & Anti-Corruption Risks

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement continues to be a priority for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In recent years, U.S. authorities have aggressively...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

Message To Companies from DOJ and SEC: Take FCPA Compliance Seriously

Federal regulators have been particularly aggressive in enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), making it crucial for companies to take anti-corruption training seriously. Beauty products giant Avon...more

Texas Court of Appeals Has Put Some FCPA Internal Investigations in an Awkward Spot

Given that this case was decided last summer, I can’t quite put the headline in the present tense. I’m slow to the draw on it, but I think it’s important. Last July, in Writt v. Shell Oil Co., 409 S.W.3d 59 (Tex. Ct. App....more

Internal Investigations: Doing One Can Be A Compliance Best Practice

The US Navy contract scandal took an interesting twist recently when one of its contractors, Inchcape Shipping Services, which had been suspended from doing business with the Navy for “conduct indicating questionable business...more

A Critical Requirement Of A Major Internal Investigation — Independence

There are so many potential pitfalls in conducting an internal investigation. I always say that there is an “art” to conducting an effective internal investigation. ...more

DOJ and SEC Officials Outline Considerations for Companies’ Internal Investigations

Companies all over the globe are increasingly aware of the record number of corporate criminal enforcement actions brought in recent years by enforcement authorities to combat corruption, and many companies now are also...more

Edison, The Phonograph And Supply Chain Audits

Today we celebrate Thomas Edison. It is not his birthday but the 127th anniversary of Edison announcing his first recording invention, the phonograph. ...more

Beware the False Claims Act, Whistleblowers, and the Importance of Internal Investigations

Companies that do business with the federal government must be cognizant of potential liability under the False Claims Act. Civil litigation may be inevitable at times as a result of occasional business disputes with...more

Internal Investigations In A “Bet The Company” Case

Lawyers like to be dramatic. Litigators love to be dramatic. ...more

Federal Authorities Announce FCPA Action, First SEC Non-Prosecution Agreement

On April 22, the DOJ and the SEC announced parallel actions against a clothing company to resolve allegations that a subsidiary of the company paid bribes to Argentine officials over a several-year period to obtain improper...more

Lessons Learned from the Parker Drilling DPA and Ralph Lauren NPA [Video]

In the two most recent corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to communicate not only what they believe constitutes a...more

Actions Taken During A FCPA Enforcement Action - Lessons From Parker Drilling And Ralph Lauren

In the two most recent corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to communicate not only what they believe constitutes a...more

The Danger Of FCPA “Proactive” Investigations

The old adage – if something is too good to be true, it probably is not – applies with equal force in the world of bribery and intrigue. The recent arrest of the mining executive for obstruction of the Justice Department’s...more

How To Demonstrate Ethics And Compliance – Earn It, Re-Earn It And Re-Evaluate It

What should your company do if it finds itself in a situation where some of its senior leadership has engaged in conduct which violates its own ethical standards or external legal standard such as the Foreign Corrupt...more

M*A*S*H and Triage in Your FCPA Investigation Protocol

One of the things that I learned from the television series M*A*S*H was the need for triage. In the hospital setting, triage is the process of determining the priority of patients’ treatments based on the severity of their...more

How Does Your Organization Treat Whistleblowers?

As almost everyone knows, Lance Armstrong spoke for the first time about his performance enhancing drug (PED) use recently on Oprah. On the first night he admitted for the first time that he used PEDs during his seven wins at...more

Amnesty for Armstrong? Lessons for the Compliance Practitioner

The Lance Armstrong saga continues to provide many lessons for the compliance practitioner. A recent article on ESPN.com, entitled “Lance calls for amnesty program”, reported that Armstrong has come out in favor of those who...more

The FCPA Guidance on the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program

Many commentators are still mining the Department of Justice (DOJ)/Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) publication, A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, (the “Guidance”), which was released last...more

Glengarry Glen Ross and the Internal Marketing of a Compliance Program

One of the great plays and movies that I enjoy is ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’. As you might expect with anything that David Mamet pens the dialogue is absolutely spot on, fast paced and non-stop. The action generally revolves...more

Top Ten Enforcement Actions for 2012

As we welcome in 2013, it is appropriate to reflect back on some of the things which have occurred over 2012 and in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement world, it was quite a significant year. The Department...more

The Lilly FCPA Enforcement Action (Part III) Lessons Learned from Russia

This Part III is the final installment of my review of the Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) FCPA enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this Part III, I will review the FCPA issues that...more

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