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DOJ Employs Money Laundering Statute to Prosecute Venezuelan Oilmen for Foreign Bribery

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As forecasted in a blog post last summer, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has again used the money laundering statute to accomplish the otherwise elusive goal of prosecuting foreign officials who allegedly...more

Greater clarity on self-reporting foreign bribery offences

by DLA Piper on

At a glance - In December 2017, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) jointly released Best Practice Guidelines providing corporations with practical information about...more

Another Corporate Executive Indicted for FCPA Violations

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Department of Justice continues to focus on individuals in FCPA cases, consistent with the dictates of the Yates memo. The President of a Maryland based transportation company was named in an eleven count indictment...more

What Canadian Companies Need to Know About Effective Compliance with Canadian, U.S. and Global Anti-Corruption Laws

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Issue-Spotting and Compliance Best Practices - An understanding of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) provides a framework to consider how, when and why these...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

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

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

Argentina Passes New Anti-Corruption Statute

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A more robust anti-corruption culture is taking hold in Latin America. In line with this trend, the National Congress of Argentina just last week passed a bill creating a criminal liability regime for legal entities. As the...more

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

by Michael Volkov on

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

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - November 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the formal withdrawal of the United States from the EITI; the...more

A Primer on Canadian Sanctions Legislation

Canada, like other major jurisdictions, has introduced a broad range of economic and financial sanctions targeting foreign states and their nationals, as well as various terrorist organizations. Given that Canada is in...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption in Venezuela

by Dechert LLP on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released an advisory on September 20, 2017, to alert financial institutions of widespread public corruption in Venezuela and the methods Venezuelan senior political figures...more

In the Third-Largest FCPA Enforcement Action Ever, Telia Agrees to Pay Almost $1 Billion to Resolve Bribery Inquiry in Uzbekistan;...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In the first blockbuster FCPA action of the Trump administration, on September 21, 2017, Swedish telecommunications company Telia agreed to pay $965 million in total penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and...more

Diwali: An Opportune Time for an Anti-Corruption Compliance Reminder

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This year, India celebrates Diwali on October 19, 2017. “The Festival of Lights,” as Diwali (or Deepavli) is commonly called, is celebrated across India with great aplomb, joy and, of course, delicious sweets. Diwali...more

Former Guinean Minister of Mines Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Laundering $8.5 Million in Bribes Paid by Chinese...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 25, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York sentenced former Guinea Minister of Mines and Geology, Mahmoud Thiam, to seven years in prison, followed by three years of supervised probations,...more

FCPA under the New Administration

by Blank Rome LLP on

The single most frequently asked question by our international clients over the past several months is whether there will be changes in white collar prosecution priorities under the new administration, specifically with...more

2nd Circuit Weighs in on Certifying Classes Involving Foreign Securities

by Burr & Forman on

In In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion regarding the standards for certifying a class involving foreign securities. Petrobras is a multinational Brazilian gas...more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

Ontario Court Upholds Landmark Anti-Bribery Conviction

On July 6, 2017, in R. v. Karigar, the Ontario Court of Appeal (Court) dismissed an appeal by Mr. Nazir Karigar of his conviction for agreeing to offer a bribe to a foreign public official, contrary to section 3(1)(b) of the...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Karigar Conviction for Bribery of Foreign Public Official

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On July 6, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld Nazir Karigar's conviction and three-year prison sentence for agreeing to bribe to a foreign public official contrary to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...more

Kingpin Act Wielded Against Vice President of Venezuela

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami), was designated on Monday by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics...more

Serious Fraud Office Makes Big Splash with UK Bribery Act Resolution with Rolls Royce

by Michael Volkov on

After years of fits and starts, and promises and disappointments, the Serious Fraud Office and the UK Bribery Act made its initial splash on the anti-corruption enforcement landscape. Since 2011, companies have been...more

The FCPA Enforcement Run Continues into 2017

by Michael Volkov on

Just when we thought 2016 was over and we could all breathe a sigh of relief, DOJ and the SEC have continued to run with a string of new enforcement actions. To all of those prognosticators, paparazzi, commentators, chicken...more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part I

by Thomas Fox on

When most people across the globe think of Rolls-Royce, one word comes to mind – excellence. Yet that image largely relates to Rolls-Royce Limited, the automobile manufacturer, which was founded in 1909. Just a few years...more

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