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Entries in Foreign Official (146)

Wednesday
May042016

Why some doctors at China state-owned hospitals may not be ‘foreign officials’

A recent scandal at a major Chinese public hospital revealed that many of the public hospitals across the country outsource their medical services to private companies and employ doctors as independent contractors.  That could raise doubts about some public hospital doctors in China being "foreign officials" under the FCPA.

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Tuesday
Apr122016

Bill Steinman: Let's talk about per diems, without the shouting

Per diems. We in the FCPA bar love to hate them, and with good reason. Who likes the idea of giving cash to foreign officials? If there’s anything that should rankle the anti-corruption specialist, this is it. 

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Wednesday
Mar092016

Compliance alert: India Supremes say private bankers are ‘public servants’

The Indian Supreme Court has expanded the definition of public servant in a decision that has implications for not only the banking system but potentially the country’s broader struggle against corruption.

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Wednesday
Jan202016

Sundar Narayanan: Is your next compliance problem at a toll booth in Delhi?

Delhi recently started enforcing new traffic regulations to reduce pollution levels. In October 2015, the city -- properly the National Capital Territory, where 10 million people live -- imposed a Green Tax on vehicles. 

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Monday
Aug312015

Russian nuke official, two others plead guilty in FCPA-related case

A Russian official living in Maryland pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit money laundering for taking over $2 million in bribes in exchange for transport contracts with the Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation.

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Monday
Aug242015

How to hire a princeling: Six rules anyone can follow

Last week BNY Mellon agreed to pay the SEC $14.8 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by awarding student internships to kids of officials connected with a sovereign wealth fund in the Middle East.

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Monday
Jun152015

Brazil's Electrobras hires Hogan Lovells for bribery investigation

Dear FCPA Blog,

You may have seen this announcement in an SEC filing on June 10 by the Brazilian-owned electric company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA –Electrobras:

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Friday
Mar062015

A free press exposes graft and restrains greed

The FCPA Blog reminds itself often that freedom of the press and free speech are the most powerful weapons against corruption. As Louis Brandeis said, sunlight is the best disinfectant.

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Tuesday
Mar032015

The business community can reduce corruption risk by improving regulatory quality

Contacts with a government in the course of conducting every day business raise the risk of providing something of value to a foreign official. This risk can be minimized via appropriate controls and efforts on the part of industry groups, through collective action, to improve regulatory quality.

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Thursday
Feb052015

CSR shouldn't stand for Corrupting Society Responsibly

One area of potential FCPA risk that doesn’t get much attention, or as much as it should, is how companies meet their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives on mega projects (oil, gas, mining, infrastructure, etc.). Without the proper systems in place, and properly trained staff, project directors and CSR managers may inadvertently violate the FCPA by providing something of value to a foreign official to alleviate delays caused by conflict in the community.

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