We co-authored an article for Compliance Today with Channing Landreth, the associate vice president and managing counsel at Labcorp, to summarize how recent developments related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) impact healthcare companies. Continue Reading Updates to FCPA and Impact for Healthcare Companies
Lindsey Fetzer, a member in the Washington, D.C. office, represents clients in connection with government and internal investigations and litigations involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), and other criminal and civil regulations. Lindsey has represented clients in foreign and domestic matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other primary enforcement agencies.
Please join us for a lively and timely discussion of recent FCPA enforcement activity on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 1pm ET/12pm CT.Continue Reading FCPA Enforcement: New Corporate Enforcement Policy, Aggressive Enforcement, and Lessons Learned From Recent Resolutions
We look forward to presenting a webinar titled “FCPA Enforcement Update: Lessons Learned for Best Practices” for the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics alongside V. Channing Landreth, AVP Managing Counsel at Labcorp. We will cover:
- Overview of FCPA
- Key Compliance Challenges
- Lessons from Recent Enforcement Actions
- Compliance Best Practices
The webinar will be held…
In the past several years there has been a significant decrease in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement efforts. Reports suggest that corporate criminal cases have decreased by roughly 50% since 2012. FCPA enforcement has dipped particularly dramatically – from more than 40 actions brought by the DOJ and/or SEC in 2019 to only 15 brought by the DOJ and/or SEC in 2021.Continue Reading FCPA Enforcement Update: Two Big Settlements to End the Year
Since late March, the U.S. government has announced several significant enforcement actions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the main U.S. law that prohibits bribery of non-U.S. government officials.
Often working in coordination with its enforcement counterparts in other parts of the world, the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) have resolved three notable matters against companies, and pursued one individual enforcement matter. The alleged bribery involved in these matters occurred in multiple countries in Africa and South America.Continue Reading Update on FCPA Enforcement: First Half of 2022 Sees Major Enforcement Action
There have been a relatively limited number of U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions in recent years. Nonetheless, two recent announcements (one resolution, one declination) by U.S. regulators underscore the importance of implementing and maintaining effective internal controls.
Continue Reading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Update: Q1 2022
In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) have announced several notable penalties for violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA prohibits bribery of foreign government officials and requires issuers of securities on U.S. exchanges to keep and maintain accurate books and records and robust internal controls.
We have summarized a few of these enforcement actions below to serve as a reminder of the various ways in which companies can fall afoul of the FCPA.
Goldman Sachs Pays Largest-Ever FCPA Penalty
In October 2020, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (Goldman Sachs) agreed to a $3.3 billion penalty to resolve allegations that the company and its Malaysian subsidiary violated the FCPA by making payments to a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). This represents the largest-ever FCPA penalty imposed on a company.
The DOJ and SEC alleged that senior employees of Goldman Sachs used a third-party intermediary to bribe high-ranking government officials in Abu Dhabi and Malaysia. The improper payments were allegedly made by Goldman Sachs to assist with efforts to obtain business from 1MDB.Continue Reading FCPA Update: Enforcement Continues
As developments related to COVID-19 continue to unfold, Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys are monitoring the situation and providing guidance through a series of video chats entitled, “COVID-19 Compliance Conversations.”
In this episode, Thad McBride and Lindsey Fetzer provide a brief overview of compliance considerations related to international donations and charitable contributions. Watch the…
- Humanitarian exports to Iran are permitted – within limits.
- Corruption can flourish in the midst of crisis.
- Export controls limit sharing technical data related to the virus with some countries.
- Compliance professionals should be proactive and visible during a time of crisis.
Despite the sobering news reports on the global spread of COVID-19, companies are…
- A payment to a government official can take many forms.
- The SEC charges bank for books and records violation even absent a bribery charge.
- Industry-wide enforcement is a continuing tactic for U.S. regulators.
On September 27, 2019, Barclays PLC agreed to pay $6.3 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle charges that Barclays violated the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The Barclays settlement fits a pattern of recent U.S. government enforcement against companies, particularly in the financial services sector, relating to FCPA violations stemming from hiring or providing internships to relatives and friends of government officials. Penalties have been significant – for example, Credit Suisse Group AG paid a $47 million penalty in 2018 as part of a Justice Department FCPA investigation into their hiring practices in Asia. We previously wrote about this issue in an August 2015 article about a settlement related to the hiring practices of Bank of New York Mellon.
The Barclays matter is a useful reminder of three things:
- What constitutes the giving of a thing of value to a government official is broadly interpreted and goes beyond simply giving money or a gift or other tangible thing directly to an official.
- The SEC can – and will – enforce the FCPA when there are deemed to be violations of the books and records provisions of the law, even if no charge of bribery is brought in the matter.
- The U.S. government continues to pursue industry-wide enforcement under the (apparently accurate) belief that what one company does in a specific industry is likely something that many companies in that industry also do.