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Elevate Your FCPA Knowledge And Practical Skills At The FCPA Institute – Minneapolis (June 20-21)

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Interested in elevating your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills?

For professionals in the FCPA space – or wishing to join the FCPA space – this is what the FCPA Institute is all about and the next FCPA Institute will be in Minneapolis on June 20-21st.

The FCPA Institute is different than a typical FCPA conference.

At the FCPA Institute, information is presented in an integrated and cohesive manner by an expert instructor with FCPA practice and teaching experience. Moreover, the FCPA Institute promotes active learning by participants through issue-spotting videos, skills exercises, small-group discussions and the sharing of real-world practices and experiences.

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This Week On FCPA Professor


FCPA Professor has been described as “the Wall Street Journal concerning all things FCPA-related,” and “the most authoritative source for those seeking to understand and apply the FCPA.”

Set forth below are the topics discussed this week on FCPA Professor.

See here for the latest laughable ISO 37001 marketing effort.

This post poses the question: do we really need fancy corruption formulas to tell us things we likely already know?

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Friday Roundup


Scrutiny alerts, when the dust settles, and beefing up. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Scrutiny Alerts


As highlighted in this prior post, Uber has been under FCPA scrutiny since mid-2017 and this prior post discussed how the company’s FCPA scrutiny is following a typical path. In connection with its pending initial public offering, Uber recently formally disclosed in this registration statement the following:

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The Latest Laughable ISO 37001 Marketing Effort


Since its release in October 2016 (see here) much has been written about ISO 37001 and one’s view of it likely depends on one’s background, experience and motivation.

If you are familiar with the numerous sources of best practices in the anti-bribery space, then ISO 37001 was (and remains) a complete yawner, indeed a disappointment as several best practices are not even captured in ISO 37001.

If you are not familiar with the numerous sources of best practices in the anti-bribery space, and/or you are seeking to market your compliance practice then ISO 37001 was (and remains) probably a big deal.

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Do We Really Need C = T – O To Tell Us Things We Already Likely Know?


I recently came across Risk Advisory’s Corruption Challenges Index. In perhaps a dig at Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (see here for a recent post) Risk Advisory states:

“We’ve looked at a number of factors above and beyond the simple perceived local corruption threat, to give a more nuanced and balanced evaluation of where the real challenges of negotiating corruption risks lie. These factors include such things as levels of FCPA enforcement action and local industry risks, as well as how information flows affect a company’s ability to understand who exactly it’s dealing with; how media reporting can be slanted according to the publisher, for example, or the willingness of people to talk openly about the likelihood and frequency of requests for bribes.”

Sounds fairly sophisticated – or nuanced – shall I say; however my response to the Corruption Challenges Index is the same as my response to the Corruption Perceptions Index: does the compliance community really need surveys or formulas (such as C = T – O read more below) to tell us things we already likely know. (See here for the prior post).

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