FCPA

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. 

Views from FCPA Enforcement’s Latin American Specialists

Views from FCPA Enforcement’s Latin American Specialists

It's no secret that Miami serves as a sort of bridge to Latin America. For that reason, it's home to several Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement officers specializing in Latin America. FCPAmericas' Matteson Ellis attended the American Conference Institute's recent Anti-Corruption Boot Camp in Houston and today shares with CCI what these experts had to share.

Corruption and Compliance in Ecuador: An Interview with Local Lawyer Bruce Horowitz

Corruption and Compliance in Ecuador: An Interview with Local Lawyer Bruce Horowitz

FCPAmerica interviews anti-corruption compliance expert Bruce Horowitz, co-founder of an Ecuadorian law firm known for not participating in extortion in an environment where bribery and unethical conduct is common. Bruce shares his insights on challenges and strategies for maintaining compliance and doing business with pubic entities without becoming involved in corrupt practices.

FCPA Voluntary Disclosure Considerations

FCPA Voluntary Disclosure Considerations

Technically, companies don't have to disclose FCPA violations. But the risk for not voluntarily disclosing corrupt behavior is great considering that wrongdoing may be found out anyway. Matteson Ellis poses several questions companies can contemplate when deciding whether self-disclosure is their best course of action, whatever the circumstances.

Is the Paper Tiger Sharpening its Teeth?

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 to pursue corporate...

10 FCPA Myths and Misconceptions, Debunked

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 there.

The FCPA “Elevator Pitch:” Selling Anti-Corruption Compliance to Latin American Executives

The FCPA “Elevator Pitch:” Selling Anti-Corruption Compliance to Latin American Executives

Sensitive discussions about potential bribery lend themselves more to one-on-one encounters than larger, formal settings. The catch is that in these situations, you’ve got to make a compelling case for compliance – and quick. Consider leading with these five talking points to convince Latin American executives to redouble their efforts to prevent FCPA violations and minimize sanctions.

Anti-Corruption and Bribery: Vigorous Enforcement Continues

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.

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

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 far fewer...

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