In the fall of 2013, the FCPA Blog published my series Cameo Corruption, which focused on the potential use of film roles as something “of value” that could be improperly offered to influence foreign officials.… Continue Reading
JPMorgan Chase and a Hong Kong subsidiary agreed Thursday to pay $264.4 million to the DOJ, SEC, and Federal Reserve to resolve FCPA offenses for awarding prestigious jobs to relatives and friends of Chinese government officials to win banking deals.… Continue Reading
Last week BNY Mellon agreed to pay the SEC $14.8 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by awarding student internships to kids of officials connected with a sovereign wealth fund in the Middle East.… Continue Reading
In our era of talk shows, sound bytes, and political polarization, we can easily lose sight of a simple truth: the free exchange of ideas can be beautiful. The beauty lies in its potential to evoke ever more considered and disciplined views from the participants.… Continue Reading
We at the FCPA Blog are long overdue in recognizing the new resource that is the Global Anticorruption Blog. With my colleague in the legal academy, Harvard Law professor Matthew Stephenson, at the helm, GAB analyzes corruption law issues with uncommon intellectual rigor.… Continue Reading
Recently, I had the good fortune of hearing a partner from a leading FCPA practice discuss JP Morgan’s hiring of Chinese princelings.
Although this conduct had always seemed to me a FCPA violation, it occurred to me at that moment that I wasn’t sure exactly how it violated the FCPA. … Continue Reading
JP Morgan Chase reached a tentative deal with the DOJ this weekend to settle a slew of past transgressions for $13 billion.
At the beginning of this year, China’s president Xi Jinping promised to fight both “tigers” and “flies” — high-ranking and low-ranking corrupt officials — in his crackdown on corruption. Since then, the anti-graft campaign has led to the conviction of Bo Xilai and to the front-page investigations of foreign companies in the pharmaceutical and oil and gas sectors, among others.… Continue Reading