FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 122-with Matt Kelly on Alstom, Avon and Petrobras
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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
While ethics and compliance scandals that implicate brand name companies tend to grab the headlines, smaller organizations have always borne the brunt of regulatory enforcement. Over the years, U.S. Sentencing Commission data...more
In this episode I take a deep dive into the recent concluded Avon FCPA enforcement action. ...more
I am back from my holiday break and am looking forward to many good ideas for blogs in the coming year. However before we get to 2015, I have to finish out some matters from 2014. Today I continue my look at the Avon Foreign...more
It is finally done. The long awaited Avon Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action is on the books. I would say what a long, strange trip it has been but that does not really seem to capture everything that...more
In Asadi v. G.E. Energy United States, L.L.C., 720 F.3d 620 (5th Cir. 2013), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee who reported a suspected Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation internally but not to the...more
It’s that time again! Last week we released the 2014 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report. This is our 9th year releasing the Benchmarking Report. The full report covers best practices across all...more
What I’m about to say is grossly oversimplified, but here goes: The Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions have two primary prongs. The first says that an individual who voluntarily provides the SEC with original...more
According to the SEC, in fiscal year 2013, foreign whistleblowers accounted for 404 of the 3,238 whistleblower reports received by the SEC (nearly 12%). Recently, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals may have significantly...more
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was heralded as providing whistle-blowing employees protection from retaliation by their employers. In Liu v. Siemens AG, handed down last week, the Second Circuit...more
On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more
Last week, in Liu v. Siemens, AG, the Second Circuit held that the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower retaliation provision (15 U.S.C. 78u-6(h)(1)) does not apply extraterritorially, in the first Second Circuit decision to...more
FINCEN PROPOSES CUSTOMER DUE DILIGENCE RULE -
On July 30, FinCEN released a proposed rule that would amend BSA regulations to clarify and add customer due diligence (CDD) obligations for banks and other financial...more
Fraud Index Released-Startling Findings -
A survey of more than 1,400 organizations worldwide revealed startling 4th quarter results on fraud trends for 2013. The Fraud Reporting Percentage (FRP), which measures fraud...more
One of my favorite movies is Bad Day at Black Rock. It is one of the few movies to combine elements of film noir into something approaching a traditional Western. It also attacks directly the prejudice and hate against...more
On Oct. 1, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had awarded more than $14 million to an unidentified whistleblower who provided information leading to a successful enforcement action — by far...more
The second half of 2013 saw the continued expansion of FCPA enforcement by the DOJ and the SEC. The decrease in the scope of protections afforded to whistleblowers will lead to an increase in the number of FCPA potential...more
Yesterday I began an exploration of a recent article in the Corporate Board magazine, entitled “Successful Board Investigations” by David Bayless and Tammy Albarrán, partners in the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. In...more
It is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014.
1. Executive Order 13627 Changes Government Contracting -
Want a government contract...more
Marked by leadership changes, high-profile trials, and shifting priorities, 2013 was a turning point for the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”). While the results of...more
When it comes to predicting ethics and compliance trends and events for the new year, I admit I needed some help. So I reached out to two leading ethics and compliance specialists in the industry – Donna Boehme and Michael...more
As 2013 wraps up, it is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014:
1. Executive Order 13627 on Trafficking in Government Contracts —...more
First, the kerfuffle surrounding the Citi matter has wholly obfuscated the SEC staff’s achievement. Understand that these structured products cases are extremely complicated. Even when assisted by whistleblowers, the facts do...more
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has held that the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act do not apply outside the United States, even where the employee alleged he was...more
Tom Cruise: Did you order a Code Red?
Jack Nicolson: You’re G__D__ right I ordered a Code Red.
The above lines were spoken in the movie version of “A Few Good Men”. If there was ever one scene which demonstrated...more
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