Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Two recent opinions released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) serve as a reminder that even under the strictly enforced Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), payments to government officials are permissible in certain situations. Given how rarely DOJ issues such opinions and because each provides insight into DOJ’s current view of enforcement in particular scenarios, it is worth considering what can be learned from each opinion.Continue Reading FCPA Update: DOJ Opinion Procedure Releases Underscore That Payments to Officials Are Sometimes Permitted

We will speak at a Strafford webinar providing guidance to life sciences companies and research institutions that are conducting or considering conducting clinical trials outside the United States.Continue Reading [WEBINAR] Conducting Clinical Trials Outside the U.S.: U.S. and Foreign Rules, Regulations, and Guidance

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:

  1. Overview of FCPA
  2. Key Compliance Challenges
  3. Lessons from Recent Enforcement Actions
  4. 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

I am looking forward to co-presenting on a panel titled “Economic Sanctions, FCPA-and the Impact on Distributor and More Third-Party Relationships: Leveraging Screening and Compliance Resources to Reduce DoJ, SEC and OFAC Penalty Risks” at the FCPA & Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry Conference presented by The American Conference Institute. The conference will take place July 21-22, 2022 at the Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts. I will be presenting with Channing Landreth of LabCorp and J. Patrick Rowan of McGuireWoods.
Continue Reading FCPA & Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry Conference

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