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Judge Sporkin et al: The FCPA at 40 (Live and streaming on September 25)

Two of the key players in the events leading up to the FCPA’s enactment in 1977 — Judge Stanley Sporkin and Jack Blum — will be part of a panel talking about the FCPA’s historical underpinnings and ongoing significance.

The September 25 live event is being held at Boise State University. It will be live-streamed and a recording will be available online afterward.

The FCPA at 40 is co-hosted by the Frank Church Institute, Boise State University College of Business and Economics and Holland & Hart LLP.

The event website and registration (free) is here.

When: Monday, September 25, 2017
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM MDT

Where: Skaggs Hall, College of Business and Economics
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1600

As the event website says, in the mid-1970s, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multinational Corporations, chaired by Senator Frank Church of Idaho, played a leading role in investigating U.S. companies’ questionable payments to foreign government officials.

The Church Subcommittee’s investigation helped to lead to President Jimmy Carter signing the FCPA into law on December 19, 1977. The FCPA made it unlawful for certain classes of individuals and companies to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business.

Judge Sporkin (joining the panel via video) was the SEC’s second Director of Enforcement from 1974 to 1981. During that time, he played a central role in shaping what would become the FCPA. He served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 1985 to 2000, and he was General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1981 to1986.

Jack Blum is a Washington, D.C. lawyer and an expert on white-collar financial crime and international tax evasion. He served as a key staff member for the Church Subcommittee during the investigation that helped to instigate the FCPA’s enactment.

Panel member Jason Prince is a partner at the law firm of Holland & Hart, specializing in counseling and defending multinational and exporting businesses in FCPA and global anti-corruption compliance matters. He served from 2001 to 2002 as Deputy Press Secretary to Nobuteru Ishihara, Japan’s current Economy Minister and Member of the Japanese House of Representatives.

Steven Feldstein, the panel moderator, holds the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs in the Boise State University School of Public Service. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 2014 to 2016.

Again, the event website and registration (free) is here.

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