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Funny, scrutiny alerts and updates, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Funny

According to the FCPA Blog, there is “nothing too complicated or expensive” about FCPA compliance.

That’s funny because on a daily basis FCPA Blog content is flanked by approximately 20 blinking and flashing ads from FCPA Inc. participants.

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Flip-Flop On The Merits Of Voluntary Disclosure

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Based on conversations I’ve had with several Foreign Corrupt Practices Act practitioners (those in law firms and those in companies), one common frustration with FCPA enforcement is the extent to which government enforcement attorneys say one thing while with the government and then say another thing  (often contradictory) when they leave the government.

The below flip-flop example concerning the merits of voluntary disclosure is not the only example (see here for a similar prior post), yet represents the latest example.

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FCPA Inc. Desperately Needs Some Basic Standards

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In 2010 I coined the term “FCPA Inc.” as shorthand term used to describe a vibrant, niche industry consisting of numerous market participants and not just lawyers. Regardless of what you think of the term, FCPA Inc. has become part of the FCPA lexicon and it is undisputed that FCPA Inc. is a multi-billion dollar industry.

Most mature niche industries have basic standards (a common language if you will) concerning basic issues relevant to the industry. However, FCPA Inc. has none and it resembles the wild west in many instances.

Consider the following basic question: how many corporate enforcement actions were there last year and how much money did the U.S. government collect in those enforcement actions? As highlighted below, certain FCPA Inc. participants have answered this question four different ways.

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Is This Appropriate?

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Model Release: Yes
Property Release: No
1960s MAN THINKING HAND PENCIL ON CHIN WEARING EYEGLASSES SERIOUS EXPRESSION

Gibson Dunn is generally viewed as having a top tier Foreign Corrupt Practices Act practice.

The firm’s Year-End FCPA Update is always a quality read including this year’s version.

Yet, highlighted below is a paragraph from the Update that caught my eye and I ask: seriously – is this appropriate?

Early in the 36-page document is the following paragraph:

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Friday Roundup

Roundup

Funny, also funny, corruption in the anti-corruption industry, the head of the DOJ’s FCPA Unit writes, reasons for the general increase in FCPA enforcement, scrutiny alert, asset recovery, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Funny

This recent FCPA Blog post asked “what’s the most important FCPA case ever” and stated: “The Africa Sting showed how far the feds would go to make a splashy FCPA case. But the final lesson was that using a big sting to concoct a supposed industry-wide conspiracy was a bad idea. The judge didn’t buy it, and neither did a couple of juries.”

Funny that the post doesn’t mention that the the person at the center of this failed, manufactured case was its current Contributing Editor and training partner Richard Bistrong.

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