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The FCPA at 40 – FCPA Enforcement and the International Fight Against Bribery

by Thomas Fox on

In two speeches last week Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden addressed multiple topics and issues around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The first set of remarks...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges With Two Former Telecom Executives

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two former executives of Hungarian telecom firm Magyar Telecom settled FCPA charges with the SEC shortly prior to the commencement of their trial. Former CEO Elek Straub, and former Director of Central Strategic Organization...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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 from the past month, with links to primary...more

"Cybersecurity Trends for Boards of Directors"

Cybersecurity has in recent years become an integral component of a board’s role in risk oversight, but directors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory when it comes to formulating policies and oversight processes...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

Are Siemens’ FCPA Compliance Efforts Public Information?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In 2008, global technology giant Siemens Aktiengesellschaft (“Siemens”) pleaded guilty to violations of the books and records provision of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Siemens paid approximately $450 million...more

Case Closed! – The Conflict Minerals Rule Litigation Is Over, but the Drama Continues

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After 1,627 days and enough law firm memos to deforest a small country, the litigation relating to the Conflict Minerals Rule came to an end yesterday. In this Alert, we discuss what this means for calendar year 2016...more

A Strategy for Non-Disclosure of FCPA Violations

by Michael Volkov on

We all understand that issues are not black and white, meaning there are areas of gray when analysis and cost-benefits need to be weighed. Lawyers are regularly identifying legal risks and applying such risks to specific...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Primer

by Bryan Cave on

If your company engages in international sales of products or services, there is a risk that your employees or representatives may take actions that run afoul of the FCPA. In recent years, DOJ and the SEC have stepped up...more

Understanding the New DOJ Compliance Guidance: Part 2 – Autonomy, Resources, and Staffing

This is the second in a series of posts where we will explore critical elements of a successful compliance program. In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government...more

How to garner a NPA and Declination

by Thomas Fox on

It certainly did not take long for companies to see the benefit of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Pilot Program as there where two public declinations granted by the DOJ for companies...more

FINRA Seeks Comments on its Engagement Programs

by Dechert LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on March 21, 2017, published a Special Notice soliciting comments on various existing FINRA engagement programs (Notice). This request for comment is one component of...more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts Broad View of Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd Frank

by NAVEX Global on

On March 8, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Dodd Frank anti-retaliation provisions protect individuals who complain internally and are not strictly limited to those individuals who...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for February 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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 from the past month, with links to primary...more

SEC Shortens Settlement Cycle to T+2

by Goodwin on

The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted an amendment that will shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from T+3 to T+2. Related amendments to rules of the New York Stock Exchange,...more

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

by Dechert LLP on

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

Doing Business in Cuba Under the FCPA

by Thomas Fox on

I want to consider the impending opening of Cuba to US business, what you can do now and what you must wait for until the embargo is lifted; all from the perspective of compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Understanding the New DOJ Guidance: Part 1 – Tone at the Top

In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government expects in a compliance program in the form of a series of questions that companies should be prepared to answer about...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part I (and Farewell to Chuck Berry)

by Thomas Fox on

Last week I interviewed Susan Divers, Senior Advisor at LRN Corporation, on the company’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). The Report was a fascinating review of the evolution of compliance...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on “Robo-Advisers”

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Guidance Update (Guidance) on February 23, 2017, on the subject of automated investment advisers...more

Healthcare sector takes note: DOJ heightens its expectations for effective corporate compliance programs

by DLA Piper on

The US Department of Justice Criminal Division Fraud Section has issued a new guideline for the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs. The guidance expands the former "Filip Factors" and incorporates subsequent...more

Use of Social Media In a Best Practices Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

Why should you integrate social media into your compliance program? In a compliance program, a large portion of your consumers/customers are your employees. Social media presents some excellent mechanisms to communicate the...more

A Link to the Past (and Present) - The SEC Adopts Rules Requiring Registrants to Include Hyperlinks to Exhibits in Registration...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules that will require registrants that file registration statements or reports subject to the exhibit requirements under Item 601 of...more

Why You Shouldn’t Relax on Pretaliation—Even if Policymakers Do

by NAVEX Global on

About two years ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made history when it brought the first “pretaliation” whistleblower enforcement action against KBR Inc., a technology and engineering firm in Houston. The...more

New Attorney General Issues Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section has published new guidance for corporate entities on corporate compliance programs. The guidance, titled, “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Compliance Program...more

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