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Deferred Prosecution Agreements to Be Introduced in the UK

Beginning in February 2014, the agreements may be used as a sentencing tool for corporate bribery, fraud, and other economic crimes. Under the UK Crime and Courts Act 2013, which received royal assent in April,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 25,2013

FDIC Guidance on Deposit Advance Products - On November 21, the FDIC issued final supervisory guidance to FDIC-supervised financial institutions with respect to the risks imposed by certain deposit advance products. ...more

New Risks Associated with Simultaneous U.S. FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act investigations

On November 20, 2013, during a panel presentation at the 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), current and former prosecutors from the United States and the United Kingdom discussed the...more

UK Announces Policy Shift in Pursuing Corruption and Bribery

On October 7, the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the UK released a policy paper entitled, Serious and Organized Crime Strategy, in which the Secretary discussed the government’s strategy towards combating...more

Where Else? JP Morgan Chase Investigation Into Hiring Practices Expands

One of the most dreaded questions in any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation is: Where Else? By this I mean that if you have a systemic failure of internal controls in one geographic area it may well be that...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 19 with Barry Vitou on Bribery Act Updates [Video]

In this Episode 19, I visit with Barry Vitou, one-half of thebriberyact.com duo. Barry advises on recent remarks at the PinsentMasons Regulatory Conference by SFO Director David Green on enforcement of the UK Bribery Act and...more

Reports Just In: Invasions From Mars And The UK Bribery Act

On this day 75 years ago Orson Welles caused a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds” – a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth. The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 pm....more

How To Build A Culture Of Ethics And Compliance: The Greatest Article Ever – Part I

Donna Boehme and Jim McGrath continually rail against the notion that a ‘rogue employee’ causes the majority of bribery and corruption charges under such laws as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act. ...more

SFO Brings First Bribery Act Charges in the UK - What Does This Mean for Your Company?

The Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) brought fraud related charges against three directors and one employee of Sustainable AgroEnergy plc (“SAE”), a subsidiary of Sustainable Growth Group (“SSG”) on 14 August 2013, as part of a...more

UK Bribery Act Comes To Life?

On August 14, 2013, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) charged three British nationals with offenses under the UK Bribery Act 2010. This is the first Bribery Act prosecution brought by the SFO. While it is impossible to discern a...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

SFO and DPAs: A Good Idea Begins to Spread

Last Thursday, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office released a draft Deferred Prosecution Agreement Code of Practices (Code) for comment. The draft Code represents a significant milestone for ethics and compliance in general, and...more

UK Bribery Act: Red Light, Green Light or Mixed-Signals?

The UK Government has announced a review of the Bribery Act 2010 and its intent to reduce the cost of compliance for small and medium-sized businesses. The main focus will apparently be on facilitation payments. These are...more

The HP Acquisition of Autonomy – Lessons Learned for Doing Compliance ‘By the Book’

Doing something ‘by the book’ means more than following a process. It means following that process during high stress times. One of the things that I think gets missed when discussing compliance programs is the need for rigor...more

Quadrophenia and Four Compliance Issues

This past weekend I saw the remaining members of The Who perform in their Quadrophenia Tour. While I had seen Roger Daltry perform the rock opera Tommy, I had never seen Pete Townsend in concert. To say I was blown away would...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

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

Rolls-Royce Brings in Lord Gold – Is it Thinking Big Enough?

In December 2012 the BBC online service reported that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited (Rolls-Royce) was in talks with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) regarding potential allegations of bribery and corruption in Indonesia and...more

Imminent Thematic Review by FSA of Asset Managers in the UK

The Financial Services Authority is shortly to embark on a thematic review of asset managers. Its focus will be on the risks of bribery and corruption, sanctions and money laundering. Twenty two firms have already been...more

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