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Entries in Due Diligence (103)


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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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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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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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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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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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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Nicole Rose: If compliance were an Olympic sport, what would it be?

The Olympics are on and everywhere I go people are excited and inspired. I personally feel that just by watching, I'm part of something great. 

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CIPE: The biggest anti-corruption organization you’ve never heard of

A post this week by Frank Brown talked about spreading compliance to supply chains in high-risk jurisdictions. It's a challenge without easy answers.

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Frank Brown: A plan for integrating local partners into the global supply chain

Local firms in emerging markets are often highly attractive to multinationals looking for new suppliers and partners. Those local firms, many of them mid-sized, see joining a global value chain as a key step for survival.

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What does ISO 37001 say about due diligence?

ISO 37001-- a new standard for anti-bribery management systems -- slated to be published in late 2016, is expected to be more detailed and internationally recognized than similar guidance published to date.

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Hiring foreign officials: How do you justify it?

One of the threshold questions for a company considering the engagement of a government official is whether the engagement is needed for legitimate purposes. If the company cannot articulate an adequate and appropriate business justification, there is a risk that the engagement may be sought or undertaken for a corrupt purpose.

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Alison Taylor: We can use stakeholder trust to measure integrity risk

The last five years have seen a dramatic shift in the transparency environment, in a trend that began with Wikileaks launching the Arab Spring, and which is now reaching fruition in the vast data leaks from Luxembourg, Unaoil and Panama. Companies can no longer reliably distribute information as they choose, or maintain control over its interpretation.

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