Expert Q&A: Dechert’s Caroline Black on the Changing Landscape of Anti-bribery and Corruption Compliance
Posted on 09-17-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Caroline Black is a partner in the white-collar crime team at the London-based law firm Dechert LLP. She has worked on several large multi-jurisdictional anti-corruption and bribery cases and advised major companies on putting in place adequate compliance and due diligence procedures. Speaking to LexisNexis... Read More

Compliance beyond the corporate perimeter: Department of Justice guidance on evaluating compliance program effectiveness emphasises third-party due diligence
Posted on 07-09-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Is your corporate compliance program up to scratch? That question will be top of mind for global organizations as they analyze recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on evaluating the effectiveness of compliance programs. The detailed guidance explains the features of robust compliance... Read More

Frontline compliance requires expert juggling
Posted on 04-18-2019 by Lisa Thompson

There’s no room for clowning about when it comes to risk management and maintaining the integrity of international business. According to records of ancient Chinese history, the armies of the Chu and Song states were facing each other in readiness for battle in 630 BC when a Chu warrior, Xiong... Read More

1.1 Billion Reasons Companies Need a Robust FCPA Compliance Process
Posted on 04-17-2019 by Lisa Thompson

There were only three FCPA enforcement actions in the first quarter of 2019, but the small number obscures a bigger threat to corporate bottom lines—fines totalling $1.1 billion. This figure eclipses the total settlements in Q1 2018—also for three corporate enforcement actions—of a... Read More

Operation Varsity Blues Makes the Case for ISO 37001 Adoption
Posted on 04-12-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Is anyone really surprised by the college admissions bribery scandal? Sure, it’s nice to think that academia is a bastion for the best and the brightest. But there’s a longstanding tradition where the family name—and perhaps an endowment—greases the wheels for less academically... Read More

What global anti-corruption compliance trends are on the OECD's radar?
Posted on 04-09-2019 by Lisa Thompson

This year is the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention. So, we went to Paris to meet Patrick Moulette, Head of the OECD Anti-Corruption Division. He explained that the global spread of negotiated settlements, particularly Deferred Prosecution Agreements, prompted... Read More

Why Universities & Foundations Need Stronger Risk Management Processes
Posted on 04-02-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Is it time for universities—and the foundations that fundraise on their behalf—to adopt the rigorous due diligence and risk monitoring processes that global companies use? Based on the latest bribes-for-admission scandal to hit the headlines, the answer is a resounding, “YES!”... Read More

Weighing risk and opportunity in Latin America
Posted on 01-16-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Despite recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions, there are signs of more positive engagement with governance and compliance in Latin America. Emerging markets offer attractive opportunities for investors, but businesses aiming to capitalize will need to prioritize robust due diligence... Read More

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—2018 review
Posted on 12-20-2018 by Lisa Thompson

2018 has been a record year of penalties issued for breaches of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Settlements totaling more than $2.96 billion were agreed by corporations found to be in breach of the Act. The year saw further indications of the FCPA’s global reach, witnessed the first judgments... Read More

Tackling corruption risk to improve human rights
Posted on 12-06-2018 by Lisa Thompson

2018 marks the anniversary of a multitude of different political as well as social turning points in human history. While the festivities commemorating the end of World War I were widely broadcasted and spoken about, two anniversaries often fall short of the public's attention: The 70th anniversary... Read More

Enter the ninja: A disciplined approach to defeat regulatory risk
Posted on 12-05-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Forget about the turtles. Today is International Ninja Day, but what we’re on about has more to do with regulatory risk than teenagers or (as far as we know) mutants. Why does International Ninja Day make us think ‘compliance program’? International Ninja Day was the brainchild of... Read More

Is the Defense Industry armed to beat corruption risk?
Posted on 11-29-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Corruption is a significant problem—no matter what sector it originates in. But a recent report from corruption watchdog Transparency International takes aim at one industry in particular: Defense. The report notes, “While it may be true that much has changed over the last two or three decades... Read More

Amp Up Energy Sector due diligence with ongoing risk monitoring
Posted on 10-24-2018 by Lisa Thompson

A few years ago, we highlighted bribery and corruption vulnerabilities in the Energy sector, noting that “Companies linked to energy industries, in particular, face elevated risks in order to reap the equally high rewards.” But more recent events highlight the need for companies in this sector... Read More

Can companies use ISO 37001 to help eradicate poverty?
Posted on 10-17-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Twenty-five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty . In marking the anniversary, the UN has stated that … “all people must come together to end poverty and discrimination in order to build a sustainable future... Read More

2 Reasons why companies need to conduct risk assessments of their own compliance programs
Posted on 10-08-2018 by Lisa Thompson

As the aftermath of corporate corruption and ethics scandals continue to play out in news headlines and courtrooms, spurring a continued search for expert advice and best practices on mitigating compliance risk . So, when a former compliance expert at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and a Harvard... Read More

A new No. 1: Petrobras agrees to biggest FCPA settlement
Posted on 10-05-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Petrobras has reached a $1.78 billion settlement with the DOJ and SEC over bribes to politicians and political parties in Brazil. This is the first time an enforcement action over FCPA violations has exceeded a billion dollars. The amount is bigger than the nearest two settlements combined, and the case... Read More

Failing to address sanctions risk leads to costly fine for one French bank
Posted on 10-04-2018 by Lisa Thompson

French bank Société Générale expects to pay penalties of nearly $1.3 billion to settle allegations of breaching U.S.sanctions. It made dollar transfers on behalf of entities based in countries which were subject to U.S.sanctions. The fine is just the latest evidence of the... Read More

3 Reasons to Combine Due Diligence & Risk Monitoring
Posted on 10-03-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Companies are exposed to regulatory, financial, reputational and strategic risks, and the number of countries and NGOs with compliance expectations is on the rise. The best way to proactively manage these expectations? Risk-based due diligence and ongoing monitoring. 1—Regulatory risks... Read More

FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy extended to M&A
Posted on 09-17-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The U.S. Corporate Enforcement Policy, which incentivises companies to self-disclose bribery and corruption when they come across it, now applies to U.S. companies which are merging with or acquiring foreign companies. That’s according to a recent speech by a senior official at the Department of... Read More

Compliance risk in the UK: what companies need to know
Posted on 08-29-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The global compliance landscape is becoming ever more complex, and some of the most significant recent developments in ABC and AML legislation have happened in the UK. All companies who operate in the UK need to be aware of these laws, as well as growing consumer expectations of ethical behavior, if... Read More

Why the Energy Sector Needs Better Due Diligence & Risk Monitoring
Posted on 08-23-2018 by Lisa Thompson

No industry is impervious to bribery and corruption risk, but companies linked to energy industries, in particular, face elevated risks in order to reap the equally-high rewards. It’s a topic we’ve touched on in blog posts on Unaoil and Petrobras . But anti-bribery and corruption regulations... Read More

Why Pharma & Biomed Companies’ Risk Analysis Processes are Due for a Check-Up
Posted on 07-18-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Just three years ago, Teva Pharmaceuticals, a drug-maker in Israel, disclosed to both the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice that an on-going internal probe had revealed possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and/or local laws. Ultimately... Read More

What can companies do to manage bribery and corruption risk better?
Posted on 06-12-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Kathryn Higgs is Director of Transparency International’s Business Integrity Program. Prior to that she was head of ethics and compliance at Tesco and chief compliance officer at Balfour Beatty. In an exclusive interview with LexisNexis, she says that technology has increased the risk of bribery... Read More

Compliance Q&A: ISO 37001 Expert shares insights into boosting the effectiveness of anti-bribery and corruption efforts
Posted on 05-10-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Jean-Pierre Mean is an anti-corruption lawyer who played a leading role in the development of ISO 37001, a recent global standard by which companies can measure their anti-bribery and corruption policies. He is now leading the working group which looks after the implementation of the standard. Mr. Mean... Read More

Regulatory Risk in the U.S.: What Companies Need to Know
Posted on 04-27-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Since its introduction of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in 1977, the United States has led the world in efforts to counter bribery and corruption in corporate business that traverses national borders. Now it has gone a full step further with permanent adoption and expansion of its Corporate... Read More