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Entries in Due Diligence (60)

Thursday
Aug152013

What's changed under the UK Bribery Act? Due diligence in mergers and acquisitions

Two years after the Bribery Act 2010 came into force, the hysteria surrounding the Act has abated. There are fewer media pundits pronouncing the end of UK plc as we know it and there are fewer newly invented “legal experts” opining on an area they knew little or nothing about but which they saw as a potential earner to fill the gaping hole left by declining litigation and commercial transactions.

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Thursday
Jul182013

GSK China probe shows limits of due diligence

As the GlaxoSmithKline bribery investigation widens, it will soon engulf hundreds of third parties across China, accused of being conduits for bribe paying.

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Monday
May062013

Can anti-corruption laws drive health and safety?

Photo courtesy of www.china.org.cnWhat is the cost of bribery and corruption? We're seeing it played out daily in Bangladesh as each body is pulled out of the rubble of the Rana Plaza, where there are now more than 600 confirmed deaths in what has become the worst disaster for Bangladesh's $20 billion-a-year garment industry.

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Monday
Apr292013

The Dhaka tragedy: Another look at supply-chain audits

Like many, I have followed the news of the deadly Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh with sadness and dismay.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Yesterday's 'Polaroid compliance' gives way to new era

It’s easy to get caught up in the dogma of how compliance programs have historically been managed.

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Monday
Mar252013

Resource alert: White paper from D&B

Click image for download siteOur sponsor D&B has published a white paper setting out best practices for building a comprehensive compliance program.

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Thursday
Mar142013

EU cracks down on timber trade

Image courtesy of the European CommissionIllegal logging is a $10 billion business, according to Interpol, and is falling into the clutches of organized crime.

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Thursday
Feb142013

Breuer conducts FCPA rountable on the West Coast in final official trip

Lanny Breuer, left, and Dwight C. Holton at February 13, 2013 FCPA roundable in SeattleAssistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer engaged business leaders in a lively FCPA roundtable Wednesday at an event I hosted along with Brad Smith, General Counsel of Microsoft. As the Chief of the Criminal Division, Breuer leads DOJ’s enforcement efforts under the FCPA.

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Wednesday
Nov282012

FCPA opinions get a face lift

In the recently released FCPA guidance, the DOJ devoted an entire chapter to its FCPA opinions procedure releases -- when to ask for one, how to make a request, and how to use the answer.

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Monday
Nov192012

New FCPA guidance: no sea change but a helpful enforcement summary

Last week, the DOJ and SEC issued their long-anticipated Resource Guide regarding the agencies’ FCPA enforcement. Over a year in the drafting, the 120-page Guide addresses, among other things, (1) the definition of a foreign official, (2) gifts and entertainment, and (3) the “hallmarks” of an effective corporate compliance program. 

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