What is the FCPA? The abbreviation stands for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The FCPA is a 1977 US amendment that focuses on provisions related to anti-bribery and transparency through corporate accounting transactions. The following FCPA articles are written by and for compliance and legal professionals and cover FCPA news, events, whitepapers, podcasts, and webinars and more. 

anti-corruption reform in chile

How Chile’s Recent Political Scandals Led to Reforms

A nation long known for its hard stance against corruption, Chile has been rocked by recent political scandals – a national embarrassment and the primary reason the public’s confidence in the government has taken a nosedive. Early in 2015, President Michelle Bachelet established a council to fight corruption, and the impact is already being seen.

FCPA in Latin America

The FCPA in Latin America: Common Corruption Risks and Effective Compliance Strategies for the Region

Latin America is experiencing a historic anti-corruption wave as governments in the region bolster their local anti-corruption laws, prosecutors courageously pursue high-profile cases, and corrupt political and business leaders and unscrupulous companies find themselves on the defensive. The trend is seen in Brazil's monumental "Operation Car Wash" involving the region s largest company, Guatemala's jailing of its former President for...

Recent FCPA action reveals significant risks

6 FCPA Red Flags Missed by Key Energy in Mexico

It’s easy to see issues in retrospect, but in many cases involving FCPA enforcement actions, there are plenty of red flags along the way. Take, for instance, the recent action against Key Energy in Mexico: the company overlooked a number of risk indicia; $5 million in profit disgorgements later, and those compliance missteps without a doubt don’t appear quite so...

the biggest issues compliance staff must overcome in FCPA investigations

Internal Investigations on the Rise in Latin America

Latin America is experiencing a significant rise in the number of internal investigations at large corporations, an increase that is likely due in part to the DOJ’s Pilot Program, which focuses on holding individuals accountable for wrongdoing. Here are some of the key issues these companies face as they conduct internal investigations in the region.

What FCPA Enforcement is Thinking in 2015

Each year, FCPAmericas reports on trends and priorities in FCPA enforcement, according to the DOJ and SEC. The DOJ is beefing up its FCPA Unit, and the SEC is reporting quite a few FCPA cases nearing the finish line, with just as many more pending investigation. Companies, be warned: there is as much focus as ever on global compliance. Read...

The Psychology of Cheating and FCPA Compliance

The Psychology of Cheating and FCPA Compliance

There are basically three varieties of corporate scandal. Volkswagen may have the dubious distinction of having pioneered a fourth, however. VW's emissions-testing scandal is result of its top leadership and senior engineers intentionally deceiving the public. This was no slow slide into fraud; there was at one point a specific decision made to cheat.

Highway 61 and IRS Involvement in FCPA Enforcement

Highway 61 and IRS Involvement in FCPA Enforcement

If you need a reason to bolster your monitoring efforts, you may find the recent FCPA enforcement action against Vicente Eduardo Garcia to be quite instructive. One noteworthy feature of this investigation was the involvement of the IRS’s Criminal Investigation unit, the lesser-discussed of the DOJ’s two investigative bodies, called in to comb through mountains of data and identify violations.

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