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Monday
Feb082016

Tom Fox: Johnny Football and Accountability in Compliance

The self destruction of Johnny Manziel in public is sad and has been difficult to watch. He's been given every opportunity to succeed, along with the tools to deal with his inner demons that seem to bedevil him right up to the present. Many us of hope he can get the assistance he needs to deal with these issues and turn his life and career around.

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Monday
Feb082016

Compliance alert: Do your sales people have too much discretion?

The DOJ's charges against Vincente Garcia, the former SAP regional director and head of SAP's Premier Client Network for Latin America, are filled with advisors, consultants, agents, and channel partners. In the e-mails, they refer to one another as friends and associates, and they talk about their connection with a public official, who at the end of a long transactional road will “owe us a big one.”

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Monday
Feb082016

Algeria jails six for corruption linked to Sonatrach contracts

An Algeria criminal court sentenced six people to jail and sanctioned two companies for corruption connected to contracts with state-owned energy firm Sonatrach.

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Monday
Feb082016

Julius Baer pays $547 million for U.S. tax scam, two bankers plead guilty

Two former Julius Baer bankers pleaded guilty Thursday and the Swiss bank paid $547 million to settle a criminal case for helping clients cheat on their U.S. taxes.

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Monday
Feb082016

In China with satchels of cash: The good bribes

To celebrate today's start of the Year of the Monkey, here's part of an interview we conducted in Sarasota, Florida a few years ago. When Bill found out we worked on the FCPA Blog, he wanted to tell us about "the good bribes," as he called them. 

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Friday
Feb052016

Bill Waite on tone at the top: Jacob Zuma's $23 million home improvement project

Four years after renovations to his Nkandla homestead were completed, South Africa President Jacob Zuma has finally agreed to pick up the tab -- or some of it at least.

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Thursday
Feb042016

SEC charges South America airline exec with FCPA violations for union payoffs

The CEO of South America-based LAN Airlines agreed Thursday to settle SEC charges that he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when he authorized more than $1 million in improper payments to a sham consultant during a dispute between the airline and its unionized employees in Argentina.

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Thursday
Feb042016

SciClone pays SEC $12.8 million to settle China FCPA offenses

California-based SciClone Pharmaceuticals will pay $12.8 million to settle SEC charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when employees in China pumped up sales for five years by making improper payments to professionals employed at state health institutions.

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Thursday
Feb042016

UK courts: Italian prosecutor follows the money from a strange oil deal

In December, the public prosecutor of Milan (Italy) laid some fairly explosive evidence before the UK’s Southwark Crown Court in connection with an ongoing Nigerian corruption investigation. If the evidence can be substantiated, it may have widespread political and international ramifications for those involved in a remarkably long running and murky saga.

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Thursday
Feb042016

KPMG survey: Oil price collapse drains funding for FCPA compliance

As if historically low commodity prices are not enough for energy and natural resource executives to contend with, a recent KPMG International survey found that addressing anti-bribery and corruption remains highly or exceedingly challenging. At the top of the list of challenges for 89 percent of respondents? Employee awareness, training and communications, and varying country regulations.

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