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Anti-Corruption Due Diligence

A Holistic Approach to Third-Party Risk & Due Diligence

The following interview is with Leas Bachatene, CEO at ethiXbase. Hi Leas, thank you for participating in today’s Q and A. I have really enjoyed working with the ethiXbase team, including on our recent White Paper and...more

New Study Highlights Anti-Bribery & Corruption Gaps & Risks

by NAVEX Global on

Everyone reading this post should have conducted a corporate risk assessment (CRA) in the past couple years. If not, stop reading and go conduct one now. Seriously, how can you know if your compliance program resources,...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

Cecil the Lion and Due Diligence Failures

by Michael Volkov on

The “I didn’t know” defense is a tough one to sustain. Maybe you didn’t “know,” but should you have known? Were all the signs there but you looked the other way? Should you have asked more questions? Is it fair to infer by...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

The State of Anti-Bribery & Corruption Programs: Key Trends and Takeaways from Recent Research Report

by NAVEX Global on

Kroll and Compliance Week’s 2015 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report, surveyed global compliance executives and revealed that, while compliance officers are aware of the risks of anti-bribery and corruption (ABC),...more

What the Government Expects to Find in an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

by Dentons on

Similar to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement generally, the federal government has expanded what it expects to find in an anti-corruption compliance program. U.S.-connected companies operating internationally...more

Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn, Part IV – Testing, Peer Groups and Talent Development

by Thomas Fox on

Today we celebrate the conquest of what the Tibetans call “Mother Goddess of the Land” and what the rest of us call Mount Everest. For on this date in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese...more

Anti-bribery compliance in the UK - check for 'red flags' on any acquisition

by DLA Piper on

When one company acquires another, it has long been common practice for the purchaser to carry out commercial due diligence upon the target company. However, anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) due diligence is often overlooked...more

DOJ Guidance Underscores Importance of Anti-corruption Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

FCPA Opinion Release provides insight into the jurisdictional reach of the FCPA and the level of due diligence the DOJ expects. On November 7, 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its second and final...more

DOJ Releases Second FCPA Opinion of 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice recently publicized its second Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Opinion Procedure Release of 2014. In the Release, the DOJ reiterated that an acquiring company may not inherit FCPA liability when...more

Sharing the Spotlight: M&A Due Diligence

by Michael Volkov on

Everyone likes to talk about the importance of due diligence. A whole new due diligence industry has grown, starting with initial anti-money laundering requirements and stretching into corruption and sanctions issues....more

Beyond the Checklist: Seven Keys to Effective Trade Due Diligence

Anti-corruption due diligence can be vexing even in the best of conditions; it is often made more complicated by time and business pressures that arise in the context of a merger or acquisition or an urgent sales opportunity....more

More Than Due Diligence: Never-Ending Due Diligence

by Michael Volkov on

Due diligence of third parties can drive you crazy. You know you are in trouble when you start babbling to yourself and others about red flags, more red flags, and even more red flags....more

Third Parties and the Red Flags You Don’t See

Recently, I was reading a White Paper by Dun and Bradstreet titled “Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance for Third Parties: Is an off the shelf product enough?”. As the D&B paper points out, “the risks of insufficient...more

Anti-Corruption Due Diligence Practical Steps to Protect Your Company from Third Party Risks

by Michael Volkov on

Almost every FCPA enforcement action involves misconduct by third party agents and distributors. The Justice Department and the SEC have emphasized the importance of companies conducing appropriate due diligence. In the...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

Will TRACE Certify the World?

by Thomas Fox on

Aaron Hernandez, former of New England Patriots tight end, was indicted for murder this week, allegedly killing a man for spilling his drink at a bar. But fatal disputes originating in taverns are not anything new as on this...more

How to Comply with your Export and Anti-Corruption Obligations Without Offending Your Customers and Foreign Partners – Blame the...

by Baker Donelson on

More and more companies are understanding the federal anticorruption, Patriot Act, and export due diligence requirements to “know your customer”. However, I am asked over and over how much information is really needed. Do you...more

Getting Your Company Ready For M&A Compliance Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

Who was the absolute worst general during the Civil War? While there are many worthy candidates for this dubious honor, on the Southern side my vote goes to General John Bell Hood. ...more

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