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Um, About That Goldman FCPA Case…

Even as the compliance team at Goldman Sachs was investigating a bribery scheme one of its dealmakers is accused of arranging for Turkish energy firm Aksa Enerji, the bank had a 16.6 percent ownership stake in Aksa. Goldman employee Assante Berko allegedly worked with Aksa and a Ghanian intermediary in 2015 and 2016 to funnel […]
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Eni Settles FCPA Case and SEC Files Case Against Ex-Goldman Sachs Executive

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the SEC entered into a settlement with Italian petro firm Eni for $24.5 million for FCPA violations. In another matter, the SEC filed an FCPA case against a former Goldman Sachs executive for bribery in connection with business on behalf of a client in Ghana. In this 20-minute episode of “Corruption, […]
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Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2020

To provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, Morrison & Foerster summarize some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month. They ask: How has the COVID-19 Pandemic impacted anti-corruption enforcement? What did the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Working Group on Bribery have to say about Costa […]
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FCPA Landmines Beneath the Surface of the COVID-19 Crisis

As governments, healthcare providers, and others are scrambling to procure critical medical equipment and protective gear on an expedited basis, and manufacturers around the...

Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for February 2020

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, Morrison Foerster summarizes some of the most important international anti-corruption developments...

Judge Grants FCPA Defendants Baptiste and Boncy New Trials

Joseph Baptiste and Roger Richard Boncy – convicted by a jury last year of planning to bribe officials in Haiti – have been granted new trials by a federal judge, who determined that Baptiste was not adequately represented by lawyer Donald LaRouche, and that Boncy’s defense was handicapped by his performance. She explained that LaRouche […]
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Practice Alert: Is Every Email Another FCPA Violation?

Bill Steinman draws attention to U.S. v. Coburn and Schwartz, in which Judge Kevin McNulty of New Jersey’s federal trial court held that when it comes to charging defendants with violating the FCPA, the relevant question isn’t the number of bribes paid, but the number of calls made or emails sent. To reach this decision […]
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Defendants Cannot Show that CMS Guidance Allows for Reimbursement of Travel that Never Occurred;...

The Fifth Circuit denied the defendants’ appeal of a lower court’s decision granting the government’s motion for summary judgment in a Medicare fraud case,...

Herbalife Sets Aside $40 Million for Bribery Settlement

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. has set aside $40 million as an estimate of what it might need to resolve foreign bribery probes centered on its business in China. The multilevel-marketing company is in negotiations with DOJ and SEC to resolve these FCPA investigations. Last year, two former Herbalife executives, both Chinese nationals, were indicted in the […]
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Spanish Translation of DOJ Guidance for Evaluating Compliance Programs

Law firm Ritch Mueller has translated the DOJ’s April 2019 guidance document Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs into Spanish. Evaluacion de Programas Corporativos de Compliance presents the original English and translated Spanish side by side. A similar Chinese/English translation is also available from Covington & Burling. More at FCPA Blog
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