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OECD’s Foreign Bribery Report released: Three-fourths of cases involved intermediaries

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on December 2, 2014 released its first-ever analysis of anti-bribery on a global scale. 427 transnational...

Transparency International Launches the Latest Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 – China Loses Ground

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On 3 December 2014, Transparency International ("TI") launched its latest Corruption Perceptions Index ("CPI") 2014. The CPI ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their...

Offset Deals Can Pose High FCPA Risks For Defense Industry

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The purpose of this article is to highlight the potentially high Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance risks posed by offset transactions for a number...

US SEC issues whistleblower program report 2014

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On 18 November 2014, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published its 2014 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (“Report”)– a program...

Canada: Addressing Off-Duty Employee Misconduct

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Many believe that what employees do on their own time should not be regulated by employers, but the boundary between the workplace and an...

Knowledge and the FCPA: Being Alert, Aware, and Responsive to Red Flags

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When the U.S. Congress enacted the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) in 1977, the public record revealed a debate over what should constitute “knowledge”...

US Commerce Department provides further guidance on Ukraine-related export controls

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Earlier this week, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) posted 30 FAQs and responses on its website regarding...

Caveat Emptor: US DOJ Clarifies Successor Liability in New FCPA Opinion Release

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On November 7, the DOJ released its second FCPA Opinion Procedure Release of 2014. The Release addressed an inquiry by a consumer products company,...

State of Whistleblowing Legislation in Canada

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In recent years, the lack of accountability and transparency of many public and private organizations has been forcefully brought to the forefront of public...

Canada: How to attract strong candidates for executive positions while protecting against executive misconduct

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Senior executives are sometimes indemnified against costs and expenses incurred as a result of legal proceedings that might be brought against such employees. Indemnification...
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