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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 -

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Speeches were key this week. Steven Pelkin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division delivered remarks focused on the Wells process, offering suggestions for defense counsel. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein...more

Dun and Bradstreet Pays $9 Million for FCPA Violations in China

by Michael Volkov on

After a lengthy investigation, Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) settled an FCPA enforcement action with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $9 million. ...more

Lessons from a Brazilian Coffee Plantation – The Invisible Hand at Work

by Thomas Fox on

Where can one go to find out information about the FCPA, its enforcement and how the DOJ and SEC view compliance programs? First and foremost is the FCPA Guidance, jointly issued by the DOJ and SEC back in 2012. ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Panasonic and one of its subsidiaries paid over $280 million to settle FCPA charges with the DOJ and the SEC this week. The charges are based on a years long scheme in which the subsidiary paid bribes centered in the Middle...more

U.S. Government Continues Raising the Cost of Noncompliance

The U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, and other federal agencies recently announced their 2018 increases for civil penalties. As the costs of violations continue rising, it is imperative that companies...more

Panasonic Pays DOJ, SEC Over $280 Million to Resolve FCPA Charges

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The DOJ and the SEC resolved another FCPA action centered on inaccurate books and records and inadequate internal controls. Panasonic Corporation and Panasonic Avionics Corporation or PAC, a wholly owned subsidiary, agreed to...more

Dangers And Solutions For U.S. Companies Trading With Foreign Countries

When conducting business outside of the United States, U.S. companies must comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (“FCPA”). The FCPA was enacted for the purpose of making it unlawful for persons and entities to...more

Financial Institutions’ Hiring Practices under the Microscope: The Importance of Anti-Corruption Programs

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On February 14, 2018, another major financial institution disclosed that it is under investigation for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). This disclosure comes at a time when the Department of...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2017 Year-End Update

by BakerHostetler on

2017 marked the fortieth anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and showed continued robust enforcement against both individuals and companies by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities...more

Globalizing Your Compliance Program

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Multinational companies continue to face intense enforcement scrutiny related to their global compliance practices by oversight authorities worldwide. These companies rely heavily on local regulatory developments, evolving...more

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

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - January 2018

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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

FCPA Digest - January 2018

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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

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 Securities Litigation

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The DOJ announced the formalization of a new FCPA cooperation policy built on the success of its Pilot Program. That program resulted in a significant increase in firm’s self-reporting and cooperating, the goal of the new...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

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - December 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the addition of a new Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) policy, titled the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. The new policy, which was...more

DOJ Announces New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by WilmerHale on

On November 29, 2017, “[d]ue to the unique issues presented in FCPA matters,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a new FCPA corporate enforcement policy published in a revision to the United States Attorneys'...more

'The Chickenshit Club' - Book Review and Author Interview

by Thomas Fox on

'The Chickenshit Club' is the most important book that every Chief Compliance Office, General Counsel, and compliance practitioner needs to read. Here's a review and interview with its author....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

Rolls Royce in America – Four Guilty Pleas and an Indictment

by Thomas Fox on

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

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

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

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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

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

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