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New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy - A Step Forward for Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In late November, the Department of Justice (DOJ) premiered a new policy regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement....more

The U.S. Justice Department’s Latest Compliance Program Warning

U.S Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently announced the Department of Justice’s revised corporate enforcement policy for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The revised policy is based on an FCPA pilot program (in...more

The Mummy and Compliance: Lessons for Compliance Officers and Corporate Leaders from the Universal Classic Movie

by Thomas Fox on

What compliance lessons to be learned from the classic Universal Pictures movie, the Mummy?...more

Rosenstein Announces Permanent FCPA “Pilot Program,” Presumption of Declination When Self-Reporting, but Difficult Choices Remain

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, in remarks at the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced a revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy...more

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Announces Revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered remarks at the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), in which he announced a revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement...more

DOJ Expands and Codifies Policy Incentivizing Corporations to Voluntarily Self-Disclose FCPA Violations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy signals DOJ’s emphasis on corporate voluntary self-disclosure, rewarding cooperating companies with a presumption in favor of declination and reductions in penalties. Please...more

New FCPA Enforcement Policy presumes declination for companies that voluntarily disclose, cooperate and remediate

by DLA Piper on

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a bold new FCPA enforcement policy that offers the presumption of a declination to companies that voluntarily report Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, cooperate...more

U.S. Department of Justice Adopts New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy to Enhance FCPA Pilot Program

When a company learns that an employee or third-party business partner may have bribed a foreign official, it is never an easy question as to whether the company should turn itself in to the U.S. government. On November 29,...more

Day 20 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance - What have we learned?

by Thomas Fox on

I entitled this month’s podcast series as “360-degrees of communication in compliance” because it has occurred to me that you can have an ongoing discussion about compliance at all times. Previously, I had thought of...more

DOJ Announces Changes to FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

On November 29, 2017, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a revised Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Corporate Enforcement Policy and sweetened the deal for companies that self-report instances of foreign bribery....more

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

The 10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program: Still the Foundation

by Thomas Fox on

The joint Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 2012 FCPA Guidance came out five years ago this month. As a commentator focusing on the doing of compliance, we should pause to once again...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

Astros Garner First World Series Win – Execution of Compliance in the Middle

by Thomas Fox on

In compliance you often times need to be a superior utility player who is good at every job. There are multiple lessons. First and foremost is the problem of siloing in corporate America. This concern of siloing even...more

Who Knows What Corrupt Lives in the Hearts of Men: the Telia FCPA Resolution

by Thomas Fox on

While the resolution of the Telia FCPA matter has long been awaited, the results announced in September by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission were stunning nonetheless....more

Using Strategic Risk to Your Advantage

by Thomas Fox on

I am beginning to feel this week’s theme becoming all-encompassing. As hard as I might try, it looks like it will be the Houston Astros second World Series appearance. During the first one back in 2005, I was in the corporate...more

The Halliburton FCPA Enforcement Action - Lessons for Chief Compliance Officers on Internal Controls Failures

by Thomas Fox on

One takeaway of the Halliburton-Sonangol FCPA enforcement action? Trust but verify....more

An Exploration of Soft Skills in Remediation for the Chief Compliance Officer

by Thomas Fox on

Many have focused on the more technical aspects of the remediation component of a potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance violation. I wanted to explore the soft skills that a CCO must use, both internally and...more

Lessons for Compliance Officers from Hurricane Harvey and Other Historic Weather-Related Events

by Thomas Fox on

Lessons for the corporate compliance professional from Hurricane Harvey and other weather-related disasters....more

Day 20: What Does Innovation in Compliance Look Like?

by Thomas Fox on

As I end this section on innovation, I want to conclude by laying out a road map which allows a CCO or compliance practitioner to make more effective and better operationalize a corporate compliance program. With the DOJ’s...more

Book Review: The Chickenshit Club

by Thomas Fox on

To my mind the most significant and important book that every Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), General Counsel (GC) and compliance practitioner needs to read is The Chickenshit Club by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jesse...more

Soft Skills in Remediation: Part V – Post Resolution

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude my five-part series on the soft skills a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) needs to employ when working through the remediation component of a potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance violation. I...more

DOJ's FCPA Pilot Program is Alive and Well: Two Superior Results in Declinations for Linde Gas and CDM Smith

by Thomas Fox on

Companies have a clear road map to resolve substantive FCPA violations with no criminal penalty. ...more

Day 17 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Financial Health Monitoring

by Thomas Fox on

Continuous improvement can take many ways, shapes and forms. Typically, when it comes to third-party risks, a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance professional will consider the ownership structure to see if there is...more

Soft Skills in Remediation: Part I – The Gatekeepers

by Thomas Fox on

Many Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) came to the position from the legal department, internal audit or another professional discipline. These professions are technically focused and their training provides little to no soft...more

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