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Entries in Due Diligence (109)

Tuesday
Nov292016

Paul T. Oki: Knowing who to run from is half the compliance battle

Doing business in countries perceived to be high risk for corruption and FCPA compliance issues (and unhappily my country Nigeria sits squarely within that category) requires a clear picture of who your local partners are, and whether associating with them represents any sort of risk to you from a compliance perspective.

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Tuesday
Nov152016

Dan Adamson: Brute-force due diligence gives way to a more enlightened approach

We have already looked at some of the common pitfalls of modern due diligence, from the brute force open-source intelligence (OSINT) approach of Google searching to the over-reliance on manually curated watchlists.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Paul T. Oki: Yes, sane people drive (and do business) in Nigeria

There are many striking similarities between navigating the daily chaos of urban traffic in Lagos, Nigeria and attempting to do business ethically in Nigeria. For one thing the objectives are generally the same -- to arrive alive, unharmed, and without any damage to your car or your reputation.

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Wednesday
Nov022016

Harrison Mitchell: Cobalt is a compliance headache (with a cure)

An interesting but little covered milestone was reached in Japan this year. The country now boasts more electric charging points for cars than it does petrol stations.

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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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Monday
Oct312016

Scott Moritz: How much M&A due diligence is enough?

When a company merges with or acquires another company, the successor company risks assuming the predecessor company’s liabilities, including any FCPA violations that occurred prior to the merger.

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Wednesday
Oct052016

Dan Adamson: Sorry, watchlists aren’t due diligence either

With the growing number of data sources and changing regulation, compliance teams are under incredible pressure and scrutiny to implement the most thorough due diligence process available.

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Tuesday
Oct042016

Compliance Alert: Finding and dealing with ‘Red Hats’ in China

The old Chinese saying “money and power always come together” acknowledges the prevalence of using political power to gain business advantage in China. In ancient China, governmental officials opened their own businesses, which earned them the title “Red Hat Businessmen” alluding to the official hat under the Qing Dynasty of China.   

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Friday
Sep302016

Nicolas Tollet on the new French anti-corruption law: Shall we be scared of France now?

For more than a year, France has been working on improving its legislation to enact a new anti-corruption law in order to reach the same standards as the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act or the Brazilian Clean Company Act.

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Wednesday
Sep212016

Dan Adamson: Sorry, but a Google search isn’t due diligence

I cringe when compliance teams rely solely on Google to investigate and make decisions.

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Thursday
Sep012016

Here's some open source due diligence on Och Ziff's Africa agent

After reviewing several articles including the recent FCPA Blog post, "Alleged Och Ziff Africa 'fixer' arrested for FCPA offenses," my focus immediately shifted to due diligence procedures. Specifically, I thought about the risk profile of Samuel Mebiame. 

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Thursday
Aug252016

Practice Note: How to handle real estate compliance risks

In the prior post, we talked about anti-corruption enforcement actions and investigations involving real estate. Now let's look at real estate-related compliance.

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