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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

Compliance Guidelines

Many come to The FCPA Blog seeking compliance guidelines. That’s good, because our aim is to help people comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Some seekers, however, have noticed that our posts and resources don’t include any out-of-the-box compliance programs, at least not yet.… Continue Reading

FCPA Defenses That Don’t Work

The text of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act sets out three types of payments to foreign officials that are lawful — facilitating payments, promotional expenses and payments permitted under the written laws of the host country.… Continue Reading

Schnitzer’s Victory

The case was full of bad facts. For nearly ten years until late 2004, some $1.8 million in bribes went to foreign officials and private parties in South Korea and China.… Continue Reading

Another Look At Facilitating Payments

As the lone exception written into the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, facilitating payments have a reputation for being safe and practical. In truth, grease payments are often dangerous and potentially damaging.… Continue Reading

The Requestor’s French Dilemma

Facing a decision to either stay in a joint venture or leave, when staying means violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and leaving means breaching contractual obligations, is a legal disaster.… Continue Reading

Enron’s Culture Of Non-Compliance

One consistent measure of a compliance culture is executive responsibility. In the case of Enron’s CEO, Jeffrey Skilling, there was little evidence of that. True, he was obligated to comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.Continue Reading

Materiality, But Not By The Numbers

Strictly speaking, “materiality” should never be part of an FCPA discussion. A payment or promise to pay anything of value can violate the antibribery provisions, and the books and records provisions apply to any book, record or account.… Continue Reading

FCPA Compliance For Small Companies

Small Organizations.—In meeting the requirements [for an effective compliance program under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines], small organizations shall demonstrate the same degree of commitment to ethical conduct and compliance with the law as large organizations.Continue Reading

An Effective FCPA Compliance Program Might Save the Company (A Great Defense Team Might Not)

“An Overview of the Organizational Guidelines” from the United States Sentencing Commission’s May 2004 release includes the following jaw-dropping statement:

Criminal liability can attach to an organization whenever an employee of the organization commits an act within the apparent scope of his or her employment, even if the employee acted directly contrary to company policy and instructions.

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Does ABB Have an Effective Compliance Program?

Zurich, Switzerland-based engineering giant ABB Ltd’s Q2 earnings release contained the following item:

On July 13, 2007, ABB disclosed to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspect payments made by employees of company subsidiaries in Asia, South America and Europe, in particular Italy.

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