The world has now lived with the FCPA for more than 40 years and with hyper-enforcement for more than a decade. By now you’d think everyone on earth has learned about the risks of non-compliance.… Continue Reading
The Federal Communications Commission fined Siemens Corporation and Siemens Medical Solutions $175,000 Thursday for failing to disclose corporate felony convictions as required by the FCC’s rules.
Several Siemens companies hold FCC wireless licenses and were required to disclose on their applications prior criminal convictions for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and, separately, obstruction of justice.… Continue Reading
Major conferences like Compliance Week 2016 are the perfect venue for witnessing the continuing development of the dynamic and fast-evolving compliance profession.
Fresh from presenting the conference’s closing keynote with my “A-team” of panelists, Pat Gnazzo, Keith Darcy and Lee Augsburger, I’ve now had time to reflect on my five big takeaways from the event:
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The FCPA Blog has been talking about Collective Action and antitrust concerns.
As Siemens has gained significant experience over recent years in introducing and implementing Collective Action projects in conjunction with other companies, the public sector and NGOs, I thought it would be helpful to share some of our insights into the topic.… Continue Reading
The FCPA Blog has been talking about the growth of global enforcement and compliance. That’s good. But let’s not forget the original principle of enforcement by business organizations themselves.
Simply put, if all companies refuse to pay bribes, the bribe takers are out of business.… Continue Reading
Qualcomm Inc. agreed to pay a fine of $975 million to regulators in China. The biggest corporate fine in the country’s history resolves a 14-month investigation for anti-competitive practices.… Continue Reading
Monday’s $772 million DOJ enforcement action against Alstom SA and several subsidiaries landed second on our list of the top ten FCPA cases of all time.
The addition of Paris-based Alstom means three of the top ten FCPA cases now involve French companies.… Continue Reading
Paris-based Alstom pleaded guilty Monday to bribing officials in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Bahamas. It will pay $772 million in criminal penalties to settle the charges, the DOJ said.… Continue Reading
This is the final post in my series analyzing IKEA’s charitable contributions in Russia in the 1990s and early 2000s. I haven’t presumed IKEA was subject to the FCPA when the events happened or that any FCPA violations might have occurred.… Continue Reading
FCPA enforcement has waxed and waned during Eric Holder’s six-year tenure as U.S. Attorney General. But that’s not the whole picture. During the same time, global anti-corruption enforcement has picked up speed and is more robust today than ever.… Continue Reading
When a company suspects a competitor is going to pay bribes, the temptation is to do the same thing. Bribe takers encourage a bribery bidding war. They want the biggest bribe to win the business, not the best price, product or service.… Continue Reading