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FCPA Institute

A unique learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills

FCPA Institute Online

Live FCPA Institute

FCPA Institute - Zoom

April 23-25, 2024


Since 2014, the FCPA Institute has elevated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills of hundreds of professionals from around the world. This page describes the live two-day FCPA Institute and more information about the FCPA Institute Online, launched in 2019, is available here.

The FCPA Institute began as an in-person event, but shifted to Zoom in 2020. The Zoom event is time and cost efficient and has resulted in greater participation from professionals from around the world. 

At a typical FCPA conference, participants are a face in the crowd and information is presented in a disjointed fashion by dozens of speakers appearing on multiple panels. The FCPA Institute is different as information is presented in an integrated and cohesive manner by an expert instructor with FCPA practice and teaching experience.

The goal of the FCPA Institute is simple: to develop and enhance substantive knowledge and practical skills relevant to the FCPA, FCPA enforcement, and FCPA compliance best practices.


The FCPA Institute places an emphasis on learning FCPA issues incrementally in the belief that foundational knowledge will best enhance understanding and comprehension of specific FCPA topics.  FCPA Institute participants will encounter FCPA authority and other sources of information that define the modern era of FCPA enforcement and will gain knowledge of the following topics among others:

  • How business organizations often become the subject of FCPA scrutiny and various realities of the global marketplace          that often serve as root causes of FCPA scrutiny and enforcement;
  • A comprehensive understanding of the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions and books and records and internal controls               provisions including related enforcement theories;
  • The typical origins of FCPA scrutiny and enforcement, including the prominence of corporate voluntary disclosures;
  •  Facts and figures relevant to FCPA enforcement actions including how corporate settlement amounts are                                calculated and how DOJ and SEC enforcement policies and resolution vehicles impact FCPA enforcement;
  • Various practical reasons, as well as exploring certain provocative reasons, for the general increase in FCPA                             enforcement in the modern era; and
  • How settlement amounts in an actual FCPA enforcement action are often only a relatively minor component of the                overall financial consequences that can result from FCPA scrutiny or enforcement because of the FCPA's many other             "ripples."


In addition to the above substantive knowledge, FCPA Institute participants will gain in-demand, practical skills to best manage and minimize FCPA risk by:

  • Learning FCPA compliance best practices to best manage and minimize risk in a variety of areas such as gifts, travel              and entertainment, and internship and hiring practices;
  • Learning FCPA compliance best practices relevant to third parties including pre engagement, engagement, and post             engagement best practices;
  • Learning the fundamentals of conducting an FCPA risk assessment;
  • Learning how to effectively communicate FCPA compliance expectations; and
  • Learning FCPA compliance best practices in terms of structural organization, implementation, and monitoring                        including oversight responsibility and resources, internal reporting and investigation, and periodic                                            assessment and continuous improvement.


The FCPA Institute presents the FCPA not merely as a legal issue, but more properly as a business and financial issue that needs to be on the radar of various professionals. The FCPA Institute is thus ideal for a diverse group of professionals such as in-house and outside counsel; compliance professionals; finance, accounting, and auditing professionals; business executives and others seeking sophisticated FCPA knowledge and practical skills.


At the end of the FCPA Institute, participants can elect to have their knowledge assessed and can earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool.  In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development.


Leading law firms and leading companies across a variety of industry sectors have chosen the FCPA Institute to elevate the FCPA knowledge and practical skills of their employees. Set forth below is a sampling of what FCPA Institute “graduates” from around the world have said about their experience.

"Unlike other FCPA conferences where one leaves with a spinning head and unanswered questions, I left the FCPA Institute with a firm understanding of the nuts and bolts of the FCPA, the ability to spot issues, and knowledge of where resources can be found that offer guidance in resolving an issue." (Rob Foster, In-House Counsel, Oil and Gas Company)

"The FCPA Institute was one of the best professional development investments of time and money that I have made since law school. The combination of black letter law and practical insight was invaluable. I would highly recommend the FCPA Institute to any professional who has compliance, ethics, legal or international business responsibilities." (Norm Keith, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto).

"The FCPA Institute is very different than other FCPA conferences I have attended.  It was interactive, engaging, thought-provoking and at the completion of the Institute I left feeling like I had really learned something new and useful for my job.  The FCPA Institute is a must-attend for all compliance folks (in-house or external).” (Robert Wieck, CPA, CIA, CFE, Forensic Audit Senior Manager, Oracle Corporation)

"The FCPA Institute was a professionally enriching experience and substantially increased my understanding of the FCPA and its enforcement. Professor Koehler's extensive insight and practical experience lends a unique view to analyzing enforcement actions and learning compliance best practices. I highly recommend the FCPA Institute to practitioners from all career stages." (Sherbir Panag, MZM Legal, Mumbia, India)


mike_mediapage_3 (5)The FCPA Institute is led by Professor Mike Koehler, a leading FCPA expert.  Professor Koehler is the founder and editor of the FCPA Professor website which 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.”

Professor Koehler has:  testified before Congress on the FCPA; conducted FCPA investigations around the world; negotiated resolutions to FCPA enforcement actions with government enforcement agencies; and advised clients on FCPA compliance and risk assessment. Professor Koehler’s FCPA insights are further informed by having read and analyzed: the FCPA’s entire legislative history; every FCPA enforcement action; and every FCPA judicial decision.

In addition to being an FCPA expert, Professor Koehler is a dynamic teacher who uses multiple learning devices to convey information, practical skills, and provoke thought.


The FCPA Institute is offered for three hours over a three day period for a total of nine hours of instruction. The next FCPA Institute will take place October 10-12 from 8:30 - 11:30 central each day. To register click here.

The cost to attend the FCPA Institute is $595 per person and group pricing is available. For pricing or any other questions regarding the FCPA Institute, please e-mail

Video or audio recording of the FCPA Institute is prohibited.


The FCPA Institute is not a substitute for specific, fact-based legal advice as to any FCPA issue. The topics discussed in the FCPA Institute do not constitute legal advice and participants acknowledge that no attorney-client relationship results from attending the FCPA Institute.  There is no guarantee that FCPA Institute participants will pass the written assessment tool used for certification.  FCPA Institute is a service provided by FCPA Professor LLC and FCPA Institute is a service mark of FCPA Professor LLC.


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