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A New and Significant Anti-Corruption Voice in the Ukraine

The anti-corruption field has the benefit of many great leaders, bloggers, academics, researchers, NGOs and other contributors who are committed to the battle against corruption.  Many people dedicate themselves with little...more

Monster Movie Month: Episode III – Son of Frankenstein and Evolution From Yates Memo and FCPA Pilot Program

Welcome to my third installment in this month’s classic monster movie festival. This year I am revisiting the Frankenstein series. Today I want to explore the final movie where Boris Karloff starred as Frankenstein’s Monster;...more

DOJ and SEC Raising the Stakes on Third Party Risk Management

If you review the last ten years of FCPA enforcement, the unmistakable pattern is rising expectations with regard to corporate compliance programs, particularly with regard to third party due diligence and risk management....more

Monster Movie Month: Episode 2 – The Bride of Frankenstein and Upcoming Events

Welcome to my second installment in this month’s classic monster movie festival. This year I am revisiting the Frankenstein series and today I want to explore and, indeed, honor the second in the series but what many viewers...more

Och-Ziff: Accountability and Internal Controls (Part IV)

There are a number of important lessons from the Och-Ziff enforcement action, some of which are related to the private equity and hedge fund industry and some of which apply across all businesses....more

SEC Announces Record Number of Investment Adviser Cases for FY 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2016, reaching new highs in the number of actions filed and money ordered forfeited through disgorgement and penalties. The SEC...more

Brilliant Yet So Simple – The First FCPA Mock Trial Institute

Sometimes an idea is so simplistically brilliant you wonder why no one actually thought of it before. That was the first thing I thought when two Houston lawyers, Keith Hennessee, OF Counsel at Givens & Johnston, and Joel...more

FCPA Enforcement Ramping Up Against Private Equity and Hedge Funds (Part III)

The Och-Ziff settlement has now set the stage for the Justice Department and the SEC to focus its enforcement eye on the private equity and hedge fund industry. The Och-Ziff action was initiated in response to the SEC’s...more

John Fogarty Rocks-Nu Skin Informs Oversight

I recently saw John Fogerty in concert. For those you are not aware, he was a founding member and the driving force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), one of the very top American groups from the 1960s and early...more


Looking at my twitter stream over the weekend I saw Roy Snell’s tweet “If people cheat simply because of performance goals why do some people with performance goals refuse to cheat?” followed by #cheatingisachoice...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Some good news for the UK after a brutal few days for the pound? It appears that the pound’s precipitous fall has acted as a sort of “giant shock absorber” against Brexit—a release valve of sorts that has meant decreased...more

DOJ and SEC Deliver Body Blow to Private Equity and Hedge Funds: Och-Ziff Settles FCPA Violations for $412 Million (Part I)

The Justice Department and the Securities Exchange Commission delivered a powerful FCPA enforcement message to private equity and hedge funds. Och-Ziff settled with the DOJ and SEC for total penalties of $412 million....more

Mary Poppins, Corporate Culture and the Board

Corporate culture is singular to companies. Yet it also varies from industry to industry. I have been considering why the Wells Fargo scandal has engendered such public outrage. You could consider many factors, such as the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

It’s not quite in the 9-year AIG/Greenberg territory, but it’s been five years since the Feds started investigating former NJ Senator and Governor Jon Corzine and his role in overseeing the collapse of brokerage firm MF...more

What does the future hold? UK prosecutor sees Bribery Act offence as a template for fighting other forms of financial crime.

UK prosecutor sees Bribery Act offence as a template for fighting other forms of financial crime. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) would like to extend the strict liability "failure to prevent bribery" offence that is...more

Lessons Learned from the FCPA Pilot Program's First Six Months

The guidance issued by the DOJ in connection with the Pilot Program and recent declinations state that disclosure, remediation and cooperation are essential to any favorable resolution with the government. Six months...more

Early and Often: DOJ Tells Companies to Cooperate Early or Pay the Price

An important issue for companies and their executives that are the subject of an investigation by the federal government is whether, and how early, to cooperate. On September 27, 2016, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney...more

GSK Settles SEC FCPA Case for $20 Million

The SEC finished with the last nail in GSK China’s coffin by announcing a $20 FCPA million settlement for GSK’s violations in China. The Justice Department declined to prosecute this case. In 2014, a Chinese court...more

SEC Cracks Down on Charitable Contributions under the FCPA - Best Practices In Light of Recent SEC Enforcement

For the first time, the Securities and Exchange Commission has brought an FCPA enforcement action premised entirely on a one-time charitable contribution. On September 20, 2016, the SEC announced a settled FCPA...more

Double Play, Double Declinations: DOJ Pushes FCPA Pilot Program Benefits

DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program was panned when it was announced in April 2016. Critics contended that the incentive for voluntary disclosure of FCPA violations to DOJ was inadequate....more

The Oscar Meyer Wiener Theme and Revisiting GSK in China

Last week a true American original died when Richard Trentlage passed away. If you do not know his name you certainly know signature contribution to American culture, the Oscar Meyer Weiner Song. Rather amazingly Trentlage...more

Lessons Learned from Nu Skin

The enforcement action against manufacturer Nu Skin Enterprises highlights the risks of making charitable donations in high-risk countries without conducting meaningful anticorruption due diligence....more

Declinations and Profits Disgorgement – It Was There All Along

Last week there were two declinations issued by Department of Justice (DOJ) for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters. The matters involved two Texas based, privately held companies. The first was HMT LLC (HMT) which...more

Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Bill Baer’s Remarks Elaborate on Meaningful Cooperation

In his recent remarks at the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Conference on September 27, 2016, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, Bill Baer (“Baer”), explained the common characteristics of meaningful...more

'Ostrich' Theory Enforces Ill-Defined Duty to Investigate Clients' Conduct

In recent years, the application of a “conscious avoidance” or “willful blindness” theory as the basis of attorneys’ liability for clients’ criminal conduct has been on the rise. In principle, this standard — commonly...more

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