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Mickey, Donald and the FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement arena is scattered with US companies which have gone many miles past the extra mile in providing travel and entertainment. Most practitioners will recall the Lucent Technologies 2007 enforcement action. Between 2001 and 2003 Lucent provided trips...

Top 3 FCPA Cases Of 2010 Part II-(Ding Dong) Avon Calling

This is the second installment of our three part series on the Top 3 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters of 2010 to date and their significance for the FCPA compliance professional. In Part I we focused on the Gun Sting matter . Now we turn our attention to the Avon bribery scandal in China...

Real Estate, China and the FCPA

China is hotbed for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The real estate industry is not immune from the dangers. In February of 2009 Morgan Stanley's real estate group reported an employee based in China in an overseas real estate subsidiary that appeared to have violated the Foreign...

Welcome to the FCPA: Chinese Companies and Reverse Mergers

In a Wall Street Journal article on January 27, 2011 entitled " What's Behind China's Reverse IPOs ?", reporter Joseph Sternberg wrote that several Chinese companies were under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for "accounting irregularities"...