A little-noticed nugget in the recent Stryker SEC Order (Stryker II) — in addition to overbilling, kickbacks, and using unvetted intermediaries in India and China — was the allegation that Stryker’s “Kuwait Distributor made over $32,000 in improper ‘per diem’ payments to Kuwaiti [healthcare providers] to attend Stryker events, when Stryker had directly paid the costs for lodging, meals, and local transportation for these individuals.” … Continue Reading
Per diems abound. Since my first post in this series six months ago, I’ve been asked to help our clients with at least fifteen foreign government tenders or contracts that require the payment of per diems during testing or training visits.… Continue Reading
Let’s recap. In my first post, I examined a limited set of circumstances where I believe it is reasonable under the FCPA to pay per diems to foreign officials.
In my second post, I looked at the enforcement agencies’ take on per diems by analyzing the FCPA Resource Guide as well as the Opinion Procedure Releases where the DOJ found it appropriate to make cash payments to foreign officials.… 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
Most FCPA Blog readers know that the FCPA contains an affirmative defense under which companies may incur expenses, such as meals or travel costs, on behalf of foreign government officials, so long as those expenses are reasonable and bona fide, and directly related to either showing off the company’s wares or executing or performing under a foreign government contract. … Continue Reading