FCPA enforcement

paper tiger

Is the Paper Tiger Sharpening its Teeth?

In terms of FCPA enforcement, the UK's Serious Fraud Office doesn't hold a candle to the U.S. Department of Justice. Not yet, anyway. Over the past few months, it has become clear that the tide is turning; the SFO has several high-profile cases in the works and is seeking to extend its reach with an expanded arsenal ...


FCPA Mid-Year Assessments

Despite what the various FCPA mid-year assessments are saying, FCPA enforcement is not on the wane. It's here to stay, and if anything, efforts are likely to increase rather than subside. Although the SEC has come under scrutiny for its unnecessarily lengthy investigations, essentially delaying justice, there are and will continue to be significant prosecutions forthcoming.

myths and facts

10 FCPA Myths and Misconceptions, Debunked

How well do you know FCPA regulations? You could be laboring under some misconceptions - and you wouldn't be alone. FCPA expert Matteson Ellis has heard myths from the mouths of those new to compliance, but also from execs and seasoned professionals who should know better. Here are some of the biggest FCPA myths circulating out ...


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.

small and big

FCPA Compliance for SMEs: How Smaller Companies Meet Enforcement Agency Expectations

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are as subject to FCPA regulations as their much larger counterparts, but how they apply resolutions necessarily differs a bit. FCPA expert Matteson Ellis provides valuable insights here on what medium and small firms can do from a compliance standpoint to meet FCPA enforcement expectations, even while faced with the challenge drawing from ...

money down the drain

Stop Getting Ripped Off: The Financial and Reputational Case for a Deeply Embedded Ethical Culture

Compliance and ethics often go hand in hand, but being in compliance doesn’t necessarily mean your organization is a bastion of ethical behavior. Fraud is unsettlingly common, and we’re not talking about the petty stuff. Having a deeply embedded ethical culture can protect against misconduct that comes with six-figure (or higher!) losses, causes significant reputational damage and ...

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Establishing Credibility with FCPA Enforcement Officials

U.S. officials shouldn't "roll over" for the FCPA. And yet -- arrogance when under investigation isn't going to do them any good, either. The key? strike a balance. In this exclusive piece, author Matteson Ellis provides sound advice for companies to follow if they find themselves in hot water with foreign officials.


The 10 Most Important FCPA Internal Controls (Part One: Accounting Controls)

Under the FCPA, companies can be punished not only for the wrongful things they do, like paying bribes, but also for certain things they don’t do. In particular, the FCPA’s accounting provisions require companies to have internal controls in place. When companies do not have certain protections, such as appropriate accounting systems and anti-corruption policies, procedures and processes, ...


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 ...