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Mistrial in bribery case against US Senator Robert Menendez highlights the challenges of proving bribery with circumstantial...

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The US Department of Justice's ongoing efforts to expand the reach of federal corruption statutes is in jeopardy after last week's failure to convict US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). U.S. v. Menendez et al, No. 15-cr-00155,...more

Third Party Risk Management: Require ISO 37001 Certification from Your Third Parties

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A lot of the focus on ISO 37001 so far has been on its value for companies considering certification as evidence of the quality of their own compliance program. With the SEC and DOJ both providing ample guidance to companies...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - November 2017

Insider Trading: Once More Into the Breach - Why it matters: On Aug. 23, 2017, the Second Circuit decided U.S. v. Martoma, in which the court affirmed a tippee’s conviction in an insider trading case based on the Supreme...more

Compliance Needs the Human Element

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The key begins with leadership, where top management needs “to define the corporate culture and standards of behaviour, and improve capabilities in technology and processes. They also need to build trust among customers,...more

News Flash: Kleptocrats Still Taking Bribe Money With One Hand and Laundering it With the Other

The summer of 2017 saw the U.S. Department of Justice’s docket still teeming with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases. In this post, we draw a few lessons from three of them, which bring together three threads that...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 77, the Home for the Holidays Edition

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Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, including: 1. The DOJ/SEC FCPA Guidance turned 5 years old this week. For the compliance practitioner,...more

FCPA Violators Beware—SEC To Double Down On Enforcement

The SEC has signaled plans to double down on its FCPA enforcement efforts and speed up FCPA investigations. On November 9, 2017, Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, delivered a speech at New York...more

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

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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

The Law Against Unfair Competition Amendment

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On November 4, 2017, at the 30th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress (“NPC”) of China, the NPC approved a bill to amend the Law Against Unfair Competition, effective on January 1, 2018...more

Three Stripes and You're Out: Coach Pitino's Outrage Against Adidas

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The FBI recently charged 10 people, including four college basketball assistant coaches at prominent Division I universities and a head executive at Adidas inter alios, with corruption and bribery crimes for...more

Charges Unsealed Against Five Individuals, Including Two Executives, In Foreign Bribery Scheme Involving Rolls-Royce

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 7, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) unsealed charges against five individuals—including two executives—alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) in connection with an alleged foreign...more

The FCPA Week That Was — Seven Individuals Charged for FCPA Violations

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To all the “nattering nabobs of negativity” concerning FCPA enforcement, the US Justice Department responded with a resounding message – not only is FCPA enforcement here to stay, but individual violators are on DOJ’s radar...more

DOJ – Aggressive International Anti-Corruption Enforcement to Continue

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Acting Assistant Attorney General Ken Blanco spoke yesterday at FCPA/OECD Anniversary Conference at the NYU School of Law. His remarks made clear not only the importance of enforcement of laws against bribery and corruption...more

Rolls Royce in America – Four Guilty Pleas and an Indictment

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For those who might have wondered if the Sessions Justice Department (DOJ) was going to enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), that question seems to have been answered in the affirmative. In September, the DOJ and...more

COSO Framework: Fraud, Corruption and Compliance (Part I of II)

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Global companies need to actively work to prevent fraud and corruption. Fraud and corruption go hand-in-hand. To commit bribery, bad actors have to gain access to money for unauthorized (illegal) purposes. A failure to...more

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

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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

Privilege in Investigations Is Not Yet Dead: ENRC Granted the Right to Appeal

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In May earlier this year the High Court handed down a judgment which surprised many people. This judgment was that litigation privilege does not necessarily apply to documents and communications produced during the course of...more

Breaking Down Telia: One of the Largest FCPA Settlements and the First of the Trump Administration

The recent settlement by Telia Company AB (“Telia”), the first of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) under the Trump administration and one of the largest FCPA enforcement actions to date, has been touted by some as a...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

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - November 2017

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Massachusetts-based Alere Inc. will pay $13 million to settle charges alleging that the company bribed foreign officials and engaged in an accounting fraud, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Cease and...more

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

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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

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

It Takes a Village . . . To Commit Bribery

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A company that commits bribery has to undergo a soul-searching examination of its operations, from top to bottom. Bribery violations come in all shapes and forms – systemic violations like Siemens, Daimler and other...more

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