Anti-Corruption and Bribery: Vigorous Enforcement Continues

If 2013 taught us anything about the new FCPA landscape, it’s that aggressive enforcement is on the rise and penalties are skyrocketing. A number of trends have emerged and it’s worth noting that while enforcement actions are up, so are rewards for good behavior. But expect some shifts. Regulatory bodies worldwide are stepping up their efforts.

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China’s Aggressive Enforcement of Domestic Corruption Laws

In China, FCPA violations are rampant, and maintaining compliance is no picnic. Despite its relatively moderate ranking on the Corruption Perceptions Index, China is arguably among the worst offenders; between the government’s stronghold on the marketplace and the lack of financial controls, bribery of government officials has been commonplace. Until now. Recently, the country’s president began ...

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The Red-Headed Stranger and the Arachnys Open Data Compass

I thought about Willie Nelson when I came across a recent release by the UK company Arachnys Information Services Ltd (Arachnys), entitled Open Data Compass, about their tool designed to help businesses identify "information blind spots and evaluate online access to corporate, litigation and news records from emerging markets."


The Battle of Shiloh, Corruption in Ukraine and Things to Come

Monday marked the 126th anniversary of the ending of the the two-day battle of Shiloh. On the second day, the Union troops under General Grant largely recovered the ground that the Confederate troops had taken on the first day. Grant was severely criticized for allegedly being taken by surprise by the Confederate attack, but he managed to survive the ...


FCPA Year in Review 2013, Part 1

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity in 2013 was robust, with the DOJ and SEC bringing 31 new FCPA enforcement actions, exceeding 2012’s total of 25.