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Entries in Foreign Official (125)

Tuesday
Sep242013

Report: JP Morgan in $3 billion settlement offer; hiring probe included

JP Morgan Chase is willing to pay up to $3 billion to settle a number of current U.S. investigations, including the FCPA probe of its hiring practices, according to a report Tuesday from the Wall Street Journal.

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Friday
Sep132013

Cameo Corruption, Conclusion: Zero Dark Third-Party Intermediaries 

In the previous four posts, we examined how the practice of allowing public officials to appear in films could be used as an alternative method of bribery. While we’ve focused on the idea of a foreign official receiving a cameo, the analysis actually applies to anyone who has a substantial enough connection to a foreign official. After all, the FCPA prohibits bribery through third-party intermediaries. So how should Hollywood behave when doling out film roles abroad?

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Thursday
Sep122013

Cameo Corruption, Part IV: Intent and the Inherent License to Produce a Film

This is the fourth of five posts looking at Hollywood’s practice of giving film cameos to politicians and how this practice would play in an FCPA context.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Cameo Corruption, Part III: Meeting the Business Purpose Test Automatically

As we’ve seen in Part I and Part II of this series, a political cameo is valuable enough to operate as a bribe, but does Hollywood really need to worry about the practice exposing it to FCPA liability?

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Cameo Corruption, Part II: Valuating a Film Role

In the first post of this series, I talked about the possibility that political cameos, if used abroad, might serve as an alternative method of corruption. It makes sense to begin the inquiry by valuating a cameo. After all, if a brief appearance on screen isn’t worth much, then it’s unlikely to induce a foreign official to abuse her discretion.

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Monday
Sep092013

Cameo Corruption, Part I: An Alternative Method of Bribery?

The SEC’s apparent industry sweep of film studios in April 2012 raised a lot of eyebrows. While the sweep’s commencement was surprising, it disappeared as quickly as it started. Though no one outside the U.S. government knows exactly what, if anything, the SEC uncovered, this action certainly forced filmmakers to take notice of the FCPA.

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Thursday
Aug292013

JP Morgan hiring ‘spreadsheet’ under DOJ scrutiny

A Bloomberg report said an internal spreadsheet that linked appointments to specific deals pursued by JP Morgan Chase is now part of an investigation into the bank‘s hiring practices.

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Monday
Jul082013

Total SA, execs win acquittal in oil-for-food case

A French court Monday acquitted oil giant Total SA, its chief executive, a former government minister, and more than a dozen other defendants on charges of violating the U.N.'s oil-for-food program.

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Tuesday
Jul022013

Threat assessment: Prism and FCPA enforcement

FBI Director Robert Mueller defended the controversial government surveillance program Prism before a U.S. House Committee on June 13, saying it's a necessary part of America’s counter-terrorism operation.

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Wednesday
Jan302013

Baidu, other top mainland internet companies, employ thousands of Party members

Recent Chinese media reports put numbers to the Communist Party’s heavy presence in the mainland’s internet sector. These statistics, viewed against the backdrop of recent corruption scandals in this industry, spell significant FCPA risk for multinational companies.

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