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
The private sector has long been a critical partner for the World Bank Group, providing necessary goods and services to countries in need while stimulating economies by creating new jobs.
Business has benefited from World Bank Group-financed contracts and the enhanced image and credibility that come from working on projects that help the greater good.
After two years of investigation, Walmart’s audit committee has released the company’s Global Compliance Program Report on Fiscal Year 2014.
The Report’s description of Walmart’s new compliance program is stunning and deserves line-by-line scrutiny by the compliance profession.… Continue Reading
This post, the second of two parts, is based on an article that first appeared in the Magazine of the Deutsch-Amerkanische Juristen-Vereinigung by T. Markus Funk.
He’s a partner at Perkins Coie specializing in global anti-corruption compliance and internal investigations.… Continue Reading
Hewlett-Packard’s $108 million settlement this week didn’t quite make our list of the top ten FCPA cases of all time. But with a disgorgement to the SEC of $26.4 million, H-P landed eleventh on the list of the biggest FCPA disgorgements.… Continue Reading
A document from Edward Snowden dated February 2013 showed that the Australian Signals Directorate spied on an American law firm and passed the results to the NSA, the New York Times said Saturday.… Continue Reading
Edward Snowden said on German TV that the National Security Agency spies on companies as well as people.
During an interview broadcast Sunday night, Snowden said: “If there is information at Siemens that they [the NSA] think would be beneficial to the national interests, not the national security, of the United States, they will go after that information and they’ll take it.”… Continue Reading
As part of its $354 million settlement this week, Alcoa agreed to pay the third biggest disgorgement in FCPA history — $161 million.
What is disgorgement? It’s a remedy, according to our contributing editor Marc Alain Bohn, authorized by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that’s ‘used to deprive wrong-doers of their ill-gotten gains and deter violations of federal securities law.’… Continue Reading
To balance the excitement over recent reports of the DOJ’s tough investigation and a new CEO at Wal-Mart, we could consider what compliance officers are taught by the SCCE: Lawful but awful does not mean everything is OK; it’s a wake up call and a test of the company’s identity.… Continue Reading