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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With James Noe Regarding FCPA Issues In The Oil And Gas Industry

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The FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.

This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with James Noe (special counsel with Jones Walker LLP who previously served in various in-house counsel and executive roles with several oil and gas companies). During the podcast, Noe discusses: the easiest and most difficult aspects of FCPA compliance in the oil and gas industry; the extent of facilitating payments in the industry; whether oil and gas companies are too risk averse when it comes to FCPA issues; and civil actions by industry participants when business is lost because of a refusal to make bribe payments.

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Friday Roundup

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Transparency, hilarious, fact-checking, little sense, just saying, and for the reading and listening stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Transparency

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) recently this document titled “Baker’s Dozen: 13 Policy Areas That Require Congressional Action” noting that a “lack of transparency around enforcement of the FCPA leaves lingering questions about its utility.” POGO then proposes:

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A Few Observations On The Anticorruption Chapter Of The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement

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Recently, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released the text of the United States – Mexico – Canada agreement (USMCA). The extensive agreement has a specific chapter (chapter 27) titled anticorruption and this post offers a few observations regarding the agreement compared to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act specifically as it relates to “foreign official” issues and the express facilitation payments exception.

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When A Government Customer Does Not Pay – Asia Edition

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A guest post today from Owen Hawkes, a partner in KPMG’s forensic practice in Singapore.

Professor Koehler’s recent post “When A Government Customer Does Not Pay” examines FCPA enforcement actions where payments were made to foreign officials to expedite the receipt of liabilities from governments.

The post brought to mind a recording quoted in the media coverage of PT MAXpower Group (“MAXpower”), an Indonesian-based gas-fired power plant operator, which was alleged to have made corrupt payments to officials in Indonesia.  The quote, from a recording of a meeting of Directors in 2015, reads:

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Facilitation Payments Declared Illegal Under Canadian International Corruption Law

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Today’s post is from Toronto-based Bennett Jones attorneys Milos Barutciski, Matthew Kronby and Jessica Horwitz.

The government of Canada announced on October 30 that the exception allowing for facilitation payments under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) will be eliminated effective October 31, 2017.

The CFPOA was amended in 2013 to strengthen Canada’s international corruption law. Among other things, the 2013 amendments introduced nationality jurisdiction, thus making Canadian companies and citizens liable for corruption anywhere in the world, increased penalties for bribery from a maximum of 5 years imprisonment to 14 years and created a new books and records offence. These and other amendments came into force on June 19, 2013.

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