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FCPA Blog Daily News

Friday
Sep132019

How to get countries to enforce foreign anti-bribery and corruption laws

In a recent speech, the Chairman of the SEC argued that other countries’ failure to enforce foreign anti-bribery and corruption laws may put U.S. companies at a competitive disadvantage to foreign firms. Against the background of aggressive enforcement of the FCPA, Chairman Clayton remarked that “other countries may be incentivized to play, and I believe some are in fact playing, strategies that take advantage of our laudable efforts.”

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Thursday
Sep122019

World Bank debars two companies in separate actions

The World Bank debarred a Spanish engineering company Thursday for cheating on a bid and lying about its work progress.

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Thursday
Sep122019

When does ‘personal privacy’ become unhealthy isolation?

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Professor Eugene Soltes shared how “allowing integrity gaps to grow is especially unwise in an era when employees are increasingly likely to bring allegations straight to the media or regulators if they feel ignored by their leadership.”

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Wednesday
Sep112019

World Bank debars state-owned Chinese engineering and construction company

The World Bank debarred a state-owned Chinese engineering and construction company Wednesday for 20 months for fraud involving a project in the Republic of Zambia.

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Wednesday
Sep112019

When should foreign bribe-takers be prosecuted?

In its advocacy for the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act (FEPA), which seeks to make it a criminal offense for foreign public officials to seek or receive bribes, the U.S. Helsinki Commission contends that the bill would “bring U.S. laws in line with international best practices.” In fact, the proposed legislation constitutes a significant departure from the prevailing U.S. and international approaches.

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Tuesday
Sep102019

GDPR: What are the grounds for processing personal data during an investigation?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 or GDPR sets out the conditions under which employees’ personal data can be processed. In order to process personal data lawfully, at least one ground under GDPR must apply.

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Monday
Sep092019

SFO Guidance: New requirement for lawyers to ‘certify privilege’ 

The Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) Corporate Co-operation Guidance has arrived in the form of a five-page document. In it, the SFO defines co-operation as "providing assistance to the SFO that goes above and beyond what the law requires" and details eleven general practices that companies should consider when preserving material and giving it to the SFO. But while welcome, the five pages seem to offer little in the way of genuinely valuable advice. 

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Friday
Sep062019

Why do foreign officials demand bribes?

Tackling demand-side bribery, as the proposed Foreign Extortion Prevention Act aims to do, is complex. On the supply side, we know in most cases why business people pay bribes. In the words of the FCPA, it's to obtain or retain business or secure an improper advantage. But why do officials demand bribes?

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Thursday
Sep052019

China’s Social Credit System applies to companies and impacts compliance

Numerous stories have appeared in the English-language press about China’s social credit system (SCS). Most of these stories focus on SCS’s system of “scoring” individuals in China. But SCS also applies to companies operating in China and, as it develops, may impact how companies approach anti-corruption compliance.

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Wednesday
Sep042019

Inter-American Development Bank debars Odebrecht units for massive bribery

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced Wednesday the six-year debarment of more than 20 subsidiaries of Odebrecht S.A. for bribing public officials in connection with two IDB-financed projects.

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Wednesday
Sep042019

Resource Alert: Ranking AML/CFT risks around the world

Just because a country has a law -- or a company has a compliance system, for that matter -- it doesn't automatically mean it works or is put to work. And so it is with countries’ anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) systems, in which this year’s Basel AML Index has recorded a spectacular lack of progress.

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Tuesday
Sep032019

Texas woman admits FCPA conspiracy in Africa adoption scam

A woman who helped arrange adoptions for an Ohio-based agency pleaded guilty last week to bribing court officials in Uganda and defrauding adoptive parents and the U.S. State Department.

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