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SEC’s Announcement of Chief of FCPA Unit Signals Possible Anti-Bribery Enforcement Focus on Non-U.S.

by Reed Smith on

Non-U.S. companies traded on the United States stock exchanges, take notice: you may be receiving increased attention from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) anti-bribery arm. This client alert by...more

Everything Compliance Reports from the SCCE 2017 Compliance & Ethics Institute [eBook]

by Thomas Fox on

In October 2017, nearly 2000 compliance professionals gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) Compliance and Ethics Institute. The event was a great success for all involved, it...more

Argentina Passes New Anti-Corruption Statute

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A more robust anti-corruption culture is taking hold in Latin America. In line with this trend, the National Congress of Argentina just last week passed a bill creating a criminal liability regime for legal entities. As the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The DOJ unsealed criminal charges against five individuals involved in the Rolls-Royce FCPA action previously brought by the DOJ, SFO and Brazilian authorities. The charges were filed in the Southern District of Ohio. Each...more

Sudan Now Open For Business, But Risks Remain

On October 12, 2017, the United States made permanent its lifting of a longtime general embargo on trade and investment with Sudan. As a result, U.S. individuals and companies are now generally free to engage in transactions...more

3 Top Takeaways: Anti-Corruption in Mexico

Kilpatrick Townsend partner Adria Perez recently spoke on a panel with other thought leaders at the annual “Doing Business in Mexico” seminar which was offered by the Association of Corporate Counsel and Kilpatrick Townsend....more

Report Exposes Mexico's Anti-Corruption Flaws

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A new report shows that Mexico did the right thing by passing a new national anti-corruption legal regime (the National Anti-Corruption System) in 2016. The new report, from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF, aka GAFI),...more

Facilitation payments are no longer permissible under Canadian anti-corruption law

by Dentons on

As of October 31, 2017, “Facilitation Payments” are no longer a permissible category of payment under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, SC 1998, c 34 (the “CFOPA”). The removal of the exemption from the CFOPA...more

Saudi Arabia Has a Corruption Crackdown – What is Your Response?

by Thomas Fox on

What every international business person should absolutely remember that there is no country in the world which makes bribery and corruption legal by statute. That means if and when a government decides to clamp down on what...more

Aggiornamento delle Linee Guida ANAC n. 7 disciplinanti l’Elenco delle amministrazioni aggiudicatrici e degli enti aggiudicatori...

A partire dal prossimo 30 novembre 2017, le amministrazioni aggiudicatrici e gli enti aggiudicatori non potranno più porre in essere affidamenti diretti alle proprie “in house” se non dopo aver presentato domanda di...more

Ominous Signs for the Future of the Compliance Profession

by Michael Volkov on

As we celebrate Ethics and Compliance Week in 2017, I wanted to offer my own assessment of where the compliance profession stands and the challenges facing the profession for the future....more

Canada Just Outlawed Facilitation Payments. Should You?

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On October 31, 2017, an amendment to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (“CFPOA”), Canada’s analog to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), made illegal defined ‘facilitation payments.’ The CFPOA now...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Global Compliance Overhaul for SAP as DOJ and SEC Investigate Payments Allegedly Related to South African Government Contracts – On October 26, 2017, German software company SAP SE...more

Anti-Corruption Risks: Global Enforcement Means Global Detection

by Michael Volkov on

Over the last year, we have seen the Justice Department and SEC’s international coordination efforts bear fruit. DOJ has expended time and efforts to train prosecutors and law enforcement on anti-corruption investigations and...more

Alternatives to prosecution in an age of global enforcement - Global alternatives to prosecution when a corporate is facing a...

by White & Case LLP on

Businesses are increasingly becoming global, and so are enforcement actions in response to alleged corporate wrongdoing around the world. The harsh reality is that wherever there is potential corporate criminal wrongdoing,...more

No More Grease Payments – Canada Repeals Exception for Facilitation Payments

As part of Canada’s 2013 significant overhaul to its foreign corrupt practices regime, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Canada indicated an intention to repeal the exception for facilitation payments....more

Draft legislation on public transparency and its influence on compliance

by Dentons on

On 24 October 2017, the Polish Government Legislation Center published draft legislation on public transparency ("Transparency Paper"). Our analysis of the Transparency Paper's legal solutions indicates that the law will have...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for September 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

Settlement with Swedish Telecom Giant Falls Just Short of First $1 Billion FCPA Resolution

In September, the U.S. government announced a nearly $1 billion FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) settlement with the Swedish telecommunications company Telia. The total monetary payment in this global resolution makes it...more

[Webinar] Ethics & Compliance Virtual Conference - November 9th, 5:30am PT

by NAVEX Global on

Organizations that focus on creating ethical cultures come out ahead - That’s why this year’s conference theme is Ignite a Winning Workplace Culture. Winning cultures do not happen accidentally – they’re navigated by...more

FCPA Enforcement and Credit for an Effective Compliance Program

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department has touted its efforts to bring greater transparency to FCPA enforcement. There is no question that in the last five years the Justice Department has moved the needle – the FCPA Guidance issued in 2012;...more

Retooling Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

Today’s lesson from the world of sports informs our discussion of compliance and the risk management process; consisting of forecasting, risk assessment and risk management as a way to retool the focus of your compliance...more

For US Employers Operating in Mexico, Anti-Corruption Compliance Now is a Multi-Jurisdictional Obligation

by Fisher Phillips on

For several decades, US employers operating in Mexico (or anywhere else around the globe, for that matter) have been subject to – and, therefore, should be aware of – the tenets of the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Government Enforcement Investigations – What You Need to Know in 2018

On October 4, 2017, Skadden presented the seminar “Government Enforcement Investigations – What You Need to Know in 2018.” Skadden partners Ryan Junck and Elizabeth Robertson, both based in London, moderated the panel...more

ISO 37001: Risk Assessments, Employees, and Due Diligence Requirements (Part IV of V)

by Michael Volkov on

In Part IV of my series on ISO 37001, I examine requirements relating to risk assessments, design of policies and procedures, and due diligence requirements. Section 4.5 sets out requirements for conducting risk...more

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