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New anti-corruption regulation reaffirms Brazil’s focus on prevention

Sao Paulo, Brazil - March 15, 2015: Protesters marching on Paulista Avenue against government corruption.On March 18, Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff issued a decree that clarifies and facilitates enforcement of the country’s main tool against corporate bribery, the 2013 Clean Companies Act (“CCA”). This regulation was highly anticipated and came at a sensitive time, just a few days after massive protests against the government, and in the middle of a snowballing scandal at Petrobras that led to the first (or first high-profile) CCA enforcement actions.

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Groups urge KYC rules for real estate to fight money laundering

Shruti Shah of TI-USA (Image courtesy of C-Span)Transparency International-USA sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday, endorsed by 17 civil society groups, asking for due diligence requirements for professionals in the real estate sector.

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Compliance Alert: Five risks for Fashion Week 2015

Image courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion WeekFashion Week 2015 begins on February 12 in New York. Compliance will certainly not be on the agenda and the fashion industry has never attracted the kind of regulatory attention “enjoyed” by industries that rely heavily on public sector sales. But that doesn't mean that the industry is free of corruption risks and immune from potential FCPA enforcement actions.

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What's new in OFAC compliance

Enforcement actions against sanctions violations by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) have risen dramatically. Sanction offenses can carry civil and criminal liabilities, with a single transaction potentially resulting in multiple violations.

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International Franchising and the FCPA (Part Three): Best Practices

This post continues from Part One: Vicarious Liability and Part Two: A Flock of Foreign Officials.

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Three steps to better compliance in 2015

It's the time of year for compliance planning and scheduling. Here are three steps to consider to assure that your organization is meeting its FCPA compliance obligations during 2015.

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Former MoneyGram compliance chief penalized $1 million for ‘willful inaction’

The Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) imposed a $1 million civil penalty against the former chief compliance officer for MoneyGram International Inc.

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Memo to law schools: The world needs compliance officers

Image courtesy of New England Law | BostonLaw-related employment for grads from American law schools isn't exactly robust. In 2013, the ABA Journal said, only 57 percent of the that year's JDs had full-time bar-passage-required jobs. At the same time, the world seems to have an insatiable appetite for compliance officers. That sounds like an opportunity.

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StanChart pays $300 million for ‘second time around’ AML failures

The New York Department of Financial Services said Tuesday that Standard Chartered Bank will pay $300 million for "failures to remediate anti-money laundering compliance problems" required by the bank's 2012 settlement with the same regulator.

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Kroll on cyber security: Compliance officers should be like . . . Captain Kirk

FCPA Blog sponsor Kroll released a survey showing that 75% of compliance officers aren't involved in managing cyber security risk.

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