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Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2017 Developments and Predictions for 2018

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This past year marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Since its enactment in 1977, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) has brought approximately 300 FCPA enforcement actions,...more

Using a Root Cause Analysis

by Thomas Fox on

In my last post, I began considering the Prong of the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation) which was not present in the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program, the root cause analysis. ...more

King Arthur, the Roundtable, and Modern Day Lessons for Compliance Officers

by Thomas Fox on

How the Arthurian legends inform your modern-day compliance program....more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - January 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Keeping ahead of global anti-corruption trends is critical in today’s business markets. The Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest, which puts global trends at your fingertips, puts you ahead. The deep experience of the Dorsey...more

Operationalizing Compliance: Conduct at the Top, Accountability Are Key

Almost one year ago, in February of 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section released the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs guidance, which references the FCPA Resource Guide and the Hallmarks of...more

Justice Department Closes Out 2017 with 2 FCPA Actions: Keppel Offshore and Marine and Embraer Individual

by Michael Volkov on

The Department of Justice finished 2017 with two significant FCPA enforcement actions, and fittingly, one was a corporate settlement and another was an individual criminal guilty plea. The Justice Department’s final FCPA...more

FCPA Digest - January 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s bi-annual Trends & Patterns in FCPA Enforcement report provides insightful analysis of recent enforcement trends and patterns in the US, the UK and elsewhere, as well as helpful guidance on emerging best...more

CCO Authority and Independence

by Thomas Fox on

Why is the focus on the CCO role now concerned with authority and independence? The role of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) has steadily grown in stature and prestige over the years....more

2017 FCPA Year in Review (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

With the close of 2017, FCPA enforcement continues as a major priority for the US Department of Justice. Notwithstanding fears and concerns that the new administration would turn its back on FCPA enforcement, the Justice...more

Revisions To FCPA Enforcement Policies Still Pose Tough Questions For Honest Companies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent remarks, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced significant revisions to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) policies for enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The policy revisions make permanent...more

The Sapin II Act: New Perspectives on Cross-Border Investigations

On November 30, 2017, the Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice (IHEJ) and Skadden hosted a roundtable at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris to discuss new perspectives on the Sapin II Act and cross-border...more

A Merry (compliance ) Christmas

by Thomas Fox on

Ed. Note-Jim McGrath was a great friend and a trusted colleague who passed away in 2014. As a tribute to McGrath and each year for Christmas, I submit for your enjoyment, the below post which originally appeared on McGrath’s...more

The Benefits of Corporate Anti-Corruption Programs: No Charges

by Blank Rome LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued 15 declination letters in 2017 notifying companies of their decision not to pursue charges in connection with alleged violations...more

Happy Birthday FCPA: Implications of DOJ’s New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy on the Act’s 40th Anniversary

Today being the fortieth anniversary of the December 19, 1977 enactment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), we offer this Client Alert in celebration of the occasion. Fittingly, the U.S. Department of Justice...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 80, The Last Jedi 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. There are several FCPA 40th anniversary pieces going up these days. The FCPA Blog is looking...more

The DOJ’s Revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy: A New Blueprint for Corporate Cooperation and Credit

by Williams Mullen on

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the issuance of a revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy (the “Policy”). Rosenstein announced that the “new policy enables the Department [of Justice]...more

Star Wars Week: Part IV – Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Disruption Innovation in Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

One of the key things the Department of Justice (DOJ) has communicated over the past few months is the importance of doing compliance rather than having a paper compliance program in place. In releasing the new Foreign...more

DOJ Incorporates FCPA Pilot Program into U.S. Attorneys' Manual Providing Permanent Incentives for Strong FCPA Compliance

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently included the principles of its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Pilot Program into the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual (“USAM”), and reinforced its message to...more

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

Star Wars Week: Part III – Return of the Jedi – A good final result

by Thomas Fox on

While I am not sure how much celebrating HSBC might be doing this week, they should have pride in making it through the five-year DPA. The bank worked very hard to overcome its miss-steps and hopefully it will continue to do...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

Calculating the New Balance Between Disclosure and Non-Disclosure of Potential FCPA Violations

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department’s new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy has altered the balance between disclosure and non-disclosure of FCPA violations. How is that for a profound grasp of the obvious?...more

The DOJ’s Latest Compliance Program Warning

U.S Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently announced the Department of Justice’s revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. The revised Policy is based on the DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program (in place since April 2016),...more

Pushing Ethics and Compliance Programs in the New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department’s aggressive enforcement program, particularly in the FCPA arena, has been the primary impetus to the growth and empowerment of the corporate compliance function. The Justice Department and SEC’s FCPA...more

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