The winds of change have reached Brazil, and it's fast becoming clear that the Brazilian government is putting the kibosh on corruption there. Violations of the Clean Companies Act have yet to bring about enforcement actions, but meanwhile, authorities are prosecuting individuals. Here, Matteson Ellis covers three high-profile cases and considers what they may portend.
Ideally, executives will drive home the importance of a culture of ethics both with their words and their actions. However, it's often difficult to do business ethically while maintaining strong financial performance and a competitive edge. When the prospect of satisfying both goals seems impossible, something's got to give. Unfortunately, this is where the justification begins.
For some professionals engaged in corrupt behavior, often the rationale behind their impropriety is that no one is being hurt. Richard Bistrong argues that bribery is not a victimless crime. The damage done just might not be as obvious. And beware the seeming "win-win" scenarios when corruption risk is high; corruption is not in the company's ...
As has been evidenced by Walmart this year - and the heavy penalties leveled against it - the cost of noncompliance can be steep. With 2014 on the wane, we're looking back at some of the changes that have come about in compliance, as well as the challenges compliance practitioners are facing as a result. Here's what ...
A recent ruling has weakened Hong Kong's anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws, limiting its enforcement power to its borders. The FCPA, UK Bribery Act, and anti-corruption laws of most other Asia-Pac countries stand in contrast to this position, holding perpetrators responsible for corruption wherever they're located.
Argentina is home to scenic landscapes, rich culture and corruption, unfortunately. Matteson Ellis, expert in all things FCPA-related in Latin America, draws from years of experience in Argentina to walk us through five common risks for corruption in the country, many of which are a direct result of government policy and officials with ulterior motives.
The tides may be turning in Ukraine. Anti-corruption measures were signed into effect in May, and the initiative's supporters expect improved transparency, with resulting increases in investment into the country from foreign investors. This comes just as the EBRD predicts a coming economic decline in the country. We'll have to stay tuned to see what happens.
An effective ethics and compliance program is integral to good business. With the passing of the Clean Companies Act, companies doing business in Brazil have new regulations to comply with, and maintaining operations in line with these standards is an essential step in maintaining a competitive edge.
Anti-corruption enforcement is evolving, and significant challenges lie ahead. FCPA expert Matteson Ellis presents three issues compliance professionals are likely to face in the coming months and years. There are allegations of bias impeding international cooperation and the involvement of several regulatory bodies raises questions regarding jurisdictional authority…
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.