Last month, on the same day the DOJ and SEC imposed $3.3 billion in financial penalties against Goldman Sachs for 1MDB-related FCPA violations, Goldman’s board announced a plan to claw back $174 million from former and current executives.… Continue Reading
An excellent post on the FCPA Blog last week from Matthew McFillin and Amanda Rigby of KPMG talked about Covid-19-caused government shutdowns, and delays companies are experiencing obtaining permits, licenses, visas, and the like.… Continue Reading
Critics and supporters shower attention on the FCPA’s affirmative defenses for local law and promotional expenses. And the facilitating payments exception is a rich vein for the FCPA commentariat. Why, then, is the FCPA extortion defense mostly ignored and neglected?… Continue Reading
The Justice Department issued an FCPA Opinion Procedure Release Friday, the first new release since November 2014, advising a U.S.-based investment advisor that fees paid to a foreign government-linked investment bank’s affiliate wouldn’t trigger an FCPA enforcement action.… Continue Reading
I had a simple (and unoriginal) thought years ago that has helped me understand why compliance can be so difficult. My thought was that people will do whatever they’re paid to do.… Continue Reading
The DOJ and SEC published the Second Edition of A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Friday, updating for the first time the best government-produced FCPA guidance.… Continue Reading
Two very different groups of companies will emerge from the lockdown: thousands with liquidity problems and uncertain futures, and hundreds with piles of cash and an appetite for growth. That means there’s a coming surge in mergers and acquisitions.… Continue Reading
Per diems. We in the FCPA bar love to hate them, and with good reason. Who likes the idea of giving cash to foreign officials? If there’s anything that should rankle the anti-corruption specialist, this is it. … Continue Reading
Heads up: The six-month anniversary in your new position will arrive in a flash.
If you were hired as part of your organization’s response to a serious corruption allegation, you may still be in fire-fighting mode at this point, but starting to emerge for air.… Continue Reading
Matt Kelly’s post for the FCPA Blog about ISO 37001 — the draft standard for anti-bribery management systems– was a helpful introduction. We’re both members of the ISO 37001 U.S. Technical Advisory Group.… Continue Reading
The DOJ and SEC haven’t used the word “scalable” to describe an effective compliance program. But they’ve described scalability when talking about what’s needed.
For example, part of the job of the DOJ’s new compliance counsel is to help “assess a company’s program, as well as test the validity of its claims about its program, such as whether the compliance program truly is thoughtfully designed and sufficiently resourced to address the company’s compliance risks.”… Continue Reading