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Entries in Agents (68)

Monday
Mar202017

U.S. law prohibits contingent fees in government contracts, except to ‘bona fide’ agents

There is a long-standing debate over the benefits and drawbacks of using intermediaries to generate and retain business.

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Thursday
Jan262017

Rolls-Royce Aftermath: Should we all stop using agents?

Writing in The Guardian, the paper’s financial editor Nils Pratley recently summed up £671 million ($800 million) in fines meted out to Rolls-Royce, in the aftermath of the various corruption investigations, as “big, ugly and serious."

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Tuesday
Nov012016

Richard Bistrong: The dangerous charm of agents

What is it about agents, fixers, and intermediaries that makes them so attractive while potentially toxic to multinationals?

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Wednesday
Aug242016

Richard Bistrong: In defense of, ahem, intermediaries

International success now depends on business leaders having "the foreign policy acumen to distinguish what they can and cannot do,” according to John Chipman, the director-general and chief executive of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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Thursday
Aug182016

Alison Taylor: Intermediaries are ‘force multipliers’ for prosecutors

A Gabonese national who was allegedly paid $3.5 million for facilitation services in Africa by hedge fund Och-Ziff was arrested this week as part of an FCPA investigation.

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Thursday
Mar312016

SFO: How should companies handle attorney-client privilege during investigations?

Alun Milford, SFO General Counsel (image courtesy fo the SFO)In a speech this week to compliance professionals at the European Compliance and Ethics Institute in Prague, the general counsel of the UK Serious Fraud Office talked about attorney-client privilege in connection with SFO corruption investigations.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Ex SAP executive admits paying ‘necessary’ Panama bribes

A former regional director of SAP International Inc. pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing Panamanian officials to win government technology contracts for SAP.

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Thursday
Aug062015

Vantage Drilling: ‘Brazil agent in plea deal for alleged Petrobras bribes’

The fallout from the Petrobras corruption scandal in Brazil keeps growing. This week there's a new disclosure from Houston-based Vantage Drilling Company.

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Thursday
Jun252015

Joseph Spinelli: How should a risk assessment process address third party risk?

Consistent with the DOJ’s Opinion Release 08-02, companies must risk-rank their third parties into high, medium and low risk categories and conduct the appropriate due diligence.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Joseph Spinelli: Risk assessments should be functional and geographical

In our 2015 ABC Report, Kroll asked respondents to identify what they considered to be the type of corrupt behavior the chief compliance officer must guard against.

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Tuesday
Jun232015

Joseph Spinelli: Risk assessment best practices

The DOJ and SEC expect diverse functional areas of organizations to participate in compliance risk assessments. Among them are compliance, legal, internal audit, procurement, and finance. Human resources, marketing, and public relations also usually have a role.

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Wednesday
Feb252015

SFO: ‘Some things just don't add up’

Image courtesy of the SFOThe FCPA Blog is a fanboy of the UK Serious Fraud Office. Partly because we enjoy the way the SFO talks. An example is the guidance it posted about where to find graft and how to recognize it.

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