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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Akzo Nobel Pays $2.9 Million For FCPA Violations Under the U.N. Oil for Food Program

Akzo Nobel N.V., a Netherlands-based pharmaceutical company, settled U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act books and records charges with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. With the SEC, Akzo Nobel consented to the entry of a final judgment permanently enjoining it from future violations of Sections 13(b)(2)(A) and 13(b)(2)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, ordering it to disgorge $1,647,363 in profits, plus $584,150 in pre-judgment interest, and to pay a civil penalty of $750,000.… Continue Reading

That’s Entertainment?

Wow! It’s not often — never, in fact — that we can talk about the LA movie scene and tap Variety as one of our sources. But here it is. The Department of Justice just announced that a Los Angeles film executive and his wife were arrested on allegations of making corrupt payments to a Thai government official in order to obtain lucrative contracts to run an international film festival in Bangkok, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

Making History In Pune

Pune, India was the site of a groundbreaking conference on December 16, 2007 about the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The first-ever FCPA compliance event to be staged in India was organized by Indiaforensic, a non-profit group for anti-fraud professionals.… Continue Reading

Coming Clean At Siemens

Spiegel’s December 12, 2007 online edition has a fascinating interview with Peter Löscher (left), who became ceo of Siemens AG in July 2007. There’s lots for him to talk about. In October 2007, the German engineering and industrial giant settled global corruption charges with Munich prosecutors for €201 million, based on questionable payments of €420 million — an amount the company later revised upward to €1.3 billion.… Continue Reading

A Six Pack For The Holidays

We’re getting into the spirit of the season, thankful for the many great blessings enjoyed during 2007. We won’t disappear completely during the holidays, but we’ll slow things down for a few weeks while we spend time with family and friends in other parts of the world.… Continue Reading

Watch That Inkblot

It’s too soon to call it a pattern. But there’s something new in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement. During 2007, the U.S. ramped up two investigations that covered not just individual companies but entire industries.… Continue Reading

Enforcement Sans Frontières

By most counts, U.S. authorities are now investigating between 50 and 60 companies for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. That’s a record number. How many of them will face enforcement actions is anyone’s guess.… Continue Reading

Release 07-02, Where Are You?

We noticed a week ago that U.S. Department of Justice Opinion Procedure Release No.: 07-02 (September 11, 2007) is missing. It no longer appears on the DOJ’s website that indexes all FCPA Releases (here).… Continue Reading

An Effective Compliance Program Redux

The question that lands most often in our mailbox is this: What are the elements of an effective Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance program? It’s a great question. While proactive compliance programs reduce the chances of violations, no one can guarantee that a violation will never happen.… Continue Reading