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Entries in Due Diligence (96)

Friday
Mar042016

Nordion and former employee settle FCPA charges for Russia bribes 

Image courtesy of NordionMedical isotope provider Nordion (Canada) Inc. and a former employee settled SEC charges Thursday of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing Russian government officials. The former employee was also charged with taking kickbacks.

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Monday
Feb292016

Charitable giving: Recognize the warning signs and mitigate the risks

Many individuals, non-profits, and corporations actively support charitable causes around the world. The need to support worthwhile charitable projects in many developing markets is particularly acute due to local needs, the lack of government funding, and the lack of an adequately developed infrastructure.

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Wednesday
Feb172016

Yes, Kazakhstan is a compliance challenge. But it’s doable

I've talked about the challenges of doing business in Kazakhstan because of its high levels of corruption and rapidly changing legal environment. In this post, I'd like to provide some tips to American companies contemplating potential investments in Kazakhstan or other emerging markets.

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Wednesday
Jan202016

Sundar Narayanan: Is your next compliance problem at a toll booth in Delhi?

Delhi recently started enforcing new traffic regulations to reduce pollution levels. In October 2015, the city -- properly the National Capital Territory, where 10 million people live -- imposed a Green Tax on vehicles. 

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Thursday
Jan142016

Brooke Hopkins: But is your compliance program scalable? 

The DOJ and SEC haven't used the word "scalable" to describe an effective compliance program. But they've described scalability when talking about what's needed.

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Tuesday
Dec292015

UK deterrence failure: High value dealers in ‘showpiece’ assets avoid prosecution

Luxury goods retailers selling high-end cars, boats, private jets, art, antiques and jewellery are being used by the corrupt to hide the illegal proceeds of crime -- and to escape detection, Transparency International said.

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Wednesday
Dec232015

Martin Kenney: Overcome fear of fraud with on-the-mark due diligence

It's a worrying time for executives. According to Kroll’s 2015 Global Fraud Report, some 40 percent of respondents felt vulnerable to corruption and bribery.

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Tuesday
Dec222015

Practice note: Audit rights power up a compliance program 

At November’s 32nd ACI Foreign Corrupt Practices Act conference in Washington, DC, the DOJ’s new Compliance Counsel, Hui Chen, emphasized that compliance programs need to be real and not just paper programs. 

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Monday
Nov302015

Barclays fined $108 million for kowtowing to rich PEPs

The UK Financial Conduct Authority fined Barclays Bank £72 million ($108 million) Thursday for rushing to serve rich politically exposed persons and keeping their deal secret.

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Thursday
Nov192015

Field trip: Conducting preliminary market visits

In the e-book we wrote as a guide to navigating corruption challenges in emerging markets, we talk in one chapter about the particular risks companies face when they enter new markets.

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Tuesday
Nov172015

New markets: Where to start your risk assessment

We wrote an e-book as a guide to navigating corruption challenges in emerging markets. 

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Thursday
Nov122015

Compliance alert: Fly-by-Night companies in Russia pose special risks

A major risk for inbound investors in Russia is inadvertent exposure (often under the aegis of third parties) to a type of shell entity called a Fly-by-Night company.

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