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Large Whistleblower Award to Non U.S. Person- Lessons for Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs

On December 5, 2017 the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) awarded more than $4.1 million to a whistleblower for alerting the SEC to a multi-year securities fraud engaged in by his employer. The award is significant...more

DOJ Issues New Policy Encouraging Self-Reporting FCPA Violations

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On November 29, 2017 the Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Rod J. Rosenstein, announced a new FCPA enforcement policy that seeks to incentivize voluntary self-reporting by providing companies...more

Takeaways from the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

At the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act held last week in Washington, D.C., industry executives, members of the defense bar, and regulators examined developments in the enforcement of the...more

DOJ’s FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy Creates Greater Certainty for Companies

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) makes it unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. On November 29,...more

DOJ's New FCPA Enforcement Policy Continues its "Carrot-and-Stick" Approach

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Companies that learn of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") violations by employees or agents are faced with significant uncertainty as to whether the benefits and risks of self-disclosing the conduct to the...more

DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Announces FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

• The voluntary disclosure of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation, “full cooperation” in an ensuing investigation, and timely and appropriate remediation, will create a presumption that the disclosing company...more

Building on Pilot Program, DOJ Announces New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a new “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy” (“Policy”) that extends and revises the FCPA Pilot Program. In his announcement, DAG Rosenstein explained that...more

Red Notice Newsletter - November 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – SBM Offshore N.V. Agrees to Pay $238 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action - On November 29, 2017, SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM), a Netherlands based company specializing in the...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for October 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

7 Key Takeaways: Bribery & The Boardroom

Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Joe Dowdy recently gave a presentation at the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel that addressed the enforcement of high-profile federal criminal laws rooted in bribery,...more

The Economic Costs of Corruption

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In a truly extraordinary article in the New York Times (NYT), columnist Thomas L. Freidman opened the article on his interview with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) with the following, “I never thought I’d live long...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

Facilitation payments no longer permissible under Canadian anti-corruption law

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Canada's repeal of the "facilitation payments" exception in its foreign anti-corruption law widens the rift between the United States, which permits such payments, and the majority of other countries, which prohibit them....more

SEC Enforcement: Another Look At Last Fiscal Year

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC published its statistics for the last fiscal year in a glossy report centered on a discussion of the new retail/cyber focus of the Enforcement Division. Statistics are not the sole measure of success the agency...more

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

This Week In Securities Litigation

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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

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

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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

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

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