Pharmaceuticals companies continue to fall foul of the FCPA and other anti-bribery laws, with a number of 2016 cases suggesting a vulnerability around marketing practices especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Why does a sector that is way ahead of the compliance game in so many ways keep getting caught out by anti-bribery laws?
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It is customary to send gifts and make cash donations in the regular course of business in South Korea. Exchanging gifts is a deeply rooted custom in Korean society, and this practice has historically been the source of various compliance issues for multinational companies operating in South Korea.
The state of Missouri may soon require a unique application of its ethics laws. A state lawmaker recently proposed a bill seeking to require lobbyists to disclose any “sexual relations” they may have with lawmakers (or their staffers).
This summer the SEC charged BNY Mellon with violating the FCPA by providing highly sought-after student internships to family members of foreign government officials who were directly affiliated with a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund. The enforcement action is a clear harbinger of what's to come.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to settle charges that its joint venture in China made cash payments and provided other benefits to health care providers at state-owned and state-controlled hospitals in exchange for prescription sales.
In a speech Tuesday at CBI's Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress in Washington D.C., the head of the SEC's enforcement division, Andrew Ceresney, left, talked about the most common ways pharmas violate the FCPA.
Fashion Week 2015 begins on February 12 in New York. Compliance will certainly not be on the agenda and the fashion industry has never attracted the kind of regulatory attention “enjoyed” by industries that rely heavily on public sector sales. But that doesn't mean that the industry is free of corruption risks and immune from potential FCPA enforcement actions.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday it sanctioned two former employees in the Dubai office of a U.S.-based defense contractor for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by taking government officials in Saudi Arabia on a “world tour” to help win business for the company. The two later created phony records to hide their offenses.
Discipline authorities at Jingbian County of northwestern China’s Shaanxi province have launched investigations into more than 40 local government officials who have been implicated in an alleged “bribery list” scandal.
Draft amendments to China’s Criminal Law currently under consideration would subject government officials who receive certain money or property to criminal penalties.