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What Is the Current State of Anti-Bribery and Corruption Prosecution?

Posted by - March 23, 2018
Trump and the FCPA Instances of global corruption pepper our newspapers and news feeds. Closer to home, allegations of corruption have taken center stage in the American political landscape, and President Trump has been openly critical of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, leaving many in the compliance field to wonder…
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The Trump Effect on FCPA Enforcement

Posted by - October 24, 2017
As U.S. Enforcement Lags, International Attention to Domestic Corruption Takes a Front Seat Despite assurances from senior DOJ officials that the U.S. would maintain robust enforcement of the FCPA, enforcement has waned in the first eight months of the Trump presidency, with the DOJ and SEC combined announcing only four…
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Managing the Risks of a U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal Withdrawal

Posted by - October 9, 2017
Practical Steps Non-U.S. Companies Can Take Now The international business community is watching intently to see whether the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.  Although the consequences of a U.S. withdrawal, and the European Union’s response, could be far-reaching, it is difficult to anticipate how non-U.S. companies…
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AG Sessions Vows to Continue Enforcement of FCPA

Posted by - July 20, 2017
Penalties for Noncompliance Remain Severe Attorney General Jeff Sessions has identified enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as a high priority for the Trump administration in its ongoing efforts to combat corporate misconduct.  News of this, along with other statements by officials within the Department of Justice, came as a…
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The “More Muscular” Buy American Policy Involves a Waiting Period

Posted by - May 23, 2017
With the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order recently signed, President Trump signaled his plans to strengthen the federal government's procurement preference for domestic products. The order is based on the principles of "maximizing “Made in America” content and minimizing waivers and exceptions to Buy American laws.
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Dodd-Frank is Unlikely to Be Repealed

Posted by - April 11, 2017
There is a distinct lack of consensus in Washington on a lot of political fronts these days, but there’s an especially heated debate in process over the Dodd-Frank Act. Dodd-Frank is a complex, cumbersome piece of legislation, and even many of its supporters would concede that changes are needed. At…
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Strengthening Protections for Federal Government Whistleblowers

Posted by - April 10, 2017
While many expect the new administration and Congress to chip away at employee protections, several initiatives in Congress and the executive branch suggest a trend in the opposite direction for federal employees. Two Acts currently pending in Congress are designed to fill gaps in protection for federal employees and prevent…
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A More Strategic Approach to GRC

Posted by - April 6, 2017
Risk management is fast becoming a business priority. However, research shows that there is minimal understanding of the robust GRC platforms that make a streamlined, integrated approach possible. These tools can help optimize risk management processes to improve program efficiencies and reduce operational costs while bolstering cybersecurity.
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Politics as Unusual for Institutional Investors

Posted by - March 13, 2017
A hard right turn is rattling investors’ views of the future. Results from a recent survey reveal the perceived risks that are keeping investors up at night. Many point to political disruption as a significant risk in the next year. At the same time, respondents indicated an expectation for fraud…
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Compliance in Trump Era: More Markers Placed

Posted by - February 14, 2017
Predictions on the FCPA Front The U.S. government is in a state of flux; with a new President comes a barrage of new appointments. Some systems are being dismantled and the Trump administration has put some key legislation in its sights. Much is changing, but at least one thing remains…
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What Does Trump’s Presidency Mean for Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers?

Posted by - February 1, 2017
President Trump’s promises to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act raise questions about how a repeal plan could impact whistleblowers. The Act created two whistleblower reward programs and enhanced the protections available to certain whistleblowers subjected to retaliation. Here’s how the changes could shake out.

Motivating Ethical Mountain Climbing

Posted by - July 28, 2016
Some of the most ambitious and highest-performing professionals find immense satisfaction in overcoming challenges. Others are driven by chiefly by financial reward, but it’s important for employees to find meaning in their work beyond the size of their paychecks. There’s an important lesson here for leaders hoping to build a…