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"Absolute Liability" for a Failure to Prevent Foreign Bribery: Significant Change Ahead in Australia?

by Jones Day on

On 6 December 2017, Australia's Federal Government tabled the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017 ("Bill"), which contains various amendments to Australia's foreign bribery regime, including...more

Anti-Bribery Compliance Meets Permits, Approvals and Licences in India

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Obtaining permissions, approvals and licences in India creates high risks for bribery on account of there being significant interaction between the company and government authorities. Originally published by IBA...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

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

Donations and Grants in China: Compliance Controls Beyond T&E

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

While travel and entertainment expenses have presented significant compliance challenges for life sciences companies operating in China, donations and grants can also pose notable compliance risks. China’s escalated...more

No Longer a Mirage: FCPA Compliance and Cooperation Has Its Benefits

On September 12, 2016, the SEC announced that it had reached a settlement with Jun Ping Zhang (“Ping”), a former executive of a Chinese subsidiary of Harris Corporation (“Harris”), regarding alleged violations of the Foreign...more

The Evolving Due Diligence Standards and Beneficial Ownership

by Michael Volkov on

In case you are not following all the latest scandals – Unaoil and the Panama Papers being two significant ones – we are seeing an evolution and possibly a revolution in due diligence expectations....more

Are Your Company’s Legal, Due-Diligence, De-risking, or Compliance Obligations Impacted by the “Panama Papers”?

by K&L Gates LLP on

In an unprecedented event earlier this week, 11.5 million files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were allegedly leaked. Assuming they are genuine, as appears to be the case, these “Panama Papers” offer a...more

Australian Anti-Bribery & Compliance Trends

Today we welcome Ted Williams, Partner, Piper Alderman. Ted, can you share some of your background and experience? TW: Thank you, Richard, for the opportunity to engage with your community, and it was a pleasure to...more

Scottish Authorities Settle First Corporate Criminal Offence Under the Bribery Act

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 25 September 2015, prosecutors in Scotland announced the first application of the corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. Due to self-reporting and extensive cooperation...more

Farewell to Chocolate Thunder, Baylor Football and Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

Daryl Dawkins died yesterday. To anyone who followed the National Basketball League (NBA); Dawkins will always be remembered with the brilliant Stevie Wonder-derived moniker – Chocolate Thunder. I will also remember him for...more

The Looting Machine & The Modernization of Corruption

Today’ Q and A is with Tom Burgis, Investigations Correspondent at Financial Times and author of “The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth”. As Tom States in his...more

5 Signs Your Anti-Corruption Compliance Program is Suffering from “Tunnel Vision”

by Michael Volkov on

Many companies, depending on the industry, have implemented anti-corruption compliance programs. Some of the programs meet the standard for an “effective” anti-corruption compliance program. There is a vast difference between...more

Private Equity’s Corruption Risk Underbelly — Portfolio Companies

by Michael Volkov on

FCPA enforcement will likely take a turn into the private equity industry. I know this is a regular claim by FCPA practitioners but we already can see the beginning of the trend. The “princeling” investigations are...more

How to Succeed in Africa by Choosing Partnership over Corruption

Big opportunities for exporters in Africa - There is no doubt that the continent of Africa is a land rich in opportunities for international businesses. With an abundance of natural resources, some of the world’s fastest...more

Great Structures Week V – The Tacoma Narrow Bridge Failure and Preventing Failure in Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude my Great Structures Week with a focus on structural engineering failures: suspension bridges and the challenges of wind in their construction and maintenance. I am drawing these posts from The Great Courses...more

Benchmarking Bribery and Corruption: "Vet it and forget it."

On my own "must read" stack has been sitting the "2014 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report, Untangling the Web of Risk and Compliance," ("ABC Report") by Kroll and Compliance Week. While I have read a multitude...more

British PM Leads The Fight Against Shell Corporations

by Thomas Fox on

One of the critical areas in due diligence for foreign business partners is determining who are the true owners of an entity....more

Distributors Should Be Analyzed As Any Other Third Party Representative in the Sales Chain

by Thomas Fox on

Ed. Note-David Simon is a partner at Foley and Lardner and Bill Athanas is a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. Both have practices which include FCPA compliance. After my recent post on distributors under the...more

Siemens Whistleblower Complaint Underscores Need for "Top-Down" Anti-Corruption Compliance

In 2008, Siemens AG paid $800 million to settle charges that it had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which generally prohibits bribery of foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. That...more

CFPOA Bribery Fine of $10.3 million Imposed on Canadian Company

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Griffiths Energy International Inc. (GEI) pleaded guilty on January 22, 2013, to one charge of bribing a foreign official contrary to the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). This is the third...more

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