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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
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

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Avianca discloses new FCPA investigation

Colombia’s national airline said in a U.S. securities filing Thursday that it is investigating possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery laws because of free and discounted tickets and upgrades given to government officials in various countries.… Continue Reading

Panasonic confirms FCPA probe, discussions with DOJ and SEC

Image courtesy of Panasonic Avionics CorporationPanasonic Corporation confirmed Thursday that a subsidiary that develops inflight entertainment and communications systems is under investigation for possible FCPA and securities laws violations.

Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic said in a release it is cooperating with the investigation and “has recently engaged in discussions with the DOJ and SEC with a view towards resolving the matter.”

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is based in Lake Forest, California and has about 4,500 employees.… Continue Reading

Eric Carlson: Take the headaches out of China investigations (Part 2)

Yesterday’s post on minimizing headaches during China investigations discussed company policies and mitigating risk under PRC privacy and state secrets laws.

We look today at IT assessments, other PRC laws, and local resources, continuing our list of steps companies can take now to minimize headaches when an investigation in China arises.… Continue Reading

Eric Carlson: Take the headaches out of China investigations (Part 1)

Any company with more than a small presence in China is likely to need to conduct an internal investigation there at some point.

While investigations in China are not wholly different than in other jurisdictions, our experience handling scores of such investigations leads us to the conclusion that companies can take certain steps in advance to minimize headaches if and when such an investigation in China is needed.… Continue Reading

DOJ joins Alexion FCPA investigation

Image courtesy of AlexionAlexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. said in a securities filing that the Justice Department is now investigating the company’s grant-making activities and its compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading