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Entries in Travel and Entertainment (11)

Thursday
Apr072016

Las Vegas Sands pays $9 million to settle China, Macau FCPA offenses

Image courtesy of LVSLas Vegas Sands Corp. agreed Thursday to pay a $9 million penalty to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by failing to properly authorize or document millions of dollars in payments to a consultant hired to help it do business in China and Macau.

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Wednesday
Mar232016

Novartis pays $25 million to SEC to resolve China FCPA offenses

Pharma giant Novartis AG agreed Wednesday to pay $25 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when two China-based subsidiaries bribed doctors and others to prescribe its drugs. 

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Wednesday
Mar022016

Bill Steinman: How to handle mandated per diems with foreign government customers

Most FCPA Blog readers know that the FCPA contains an affirmative defense under which companies may incur expenses, such as meals or travel costs, on behalf of foreign government officials, so long as those expenses are reasonable and bona fide, and directly related to either showing off the company’s wares or executing or performing under a foreign government contract. 

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Tuesday
Mar012016

Qualcomm settles FCPA charges in princeling hiring case for $7.5 million

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that Qualcomm Incorporated agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by hiring relatives of Chinese government officials.

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Monday
Feb292016

Charitable giving: Recognize the warning signs and mitigate the risks

Many individuals, non-profits, and corporations actively support charitable causes around the world. The need to support worthwhile charitable projects in many developing markets is particularly acute due to local needs, the lack of government funding, and the lack of an adequately developed infrastructure.

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Monday
Feb222016

Practice note: Philanthropic and grant-giving activities in emerging markets

In the e-book we wrote as a guide to navigating corruption challenges in emerging markets, we talk in one chapter about guarding against anti-corruption problems in connection with philanthropic and grant-giving activities.

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Tuesday
Feb162016

PTC pays $28 million to resolve China FCPA offenses  

Two China units of Massachusetts software company PTC Inc. entered into a non-prosecution agreement and paid a $14.5 million criminal penalty Tuesday to resolve a DOJ investigation into payments for recreational travel by Chinese government officials that violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Thursday
Feb042016

SciClone pays SEC $12.8 million to settle China FCPA offenses

California-based SciClone Pharmaceuticals will pay $12.8 million to settle SEC charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when employees in China pumped up sales for five years by making improper payments to professionals employed at state health institutions.

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Monday
Oct262015

Joseph Spinelli: FCPA enforcement takes aim at financial services 

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.

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Monday
Oct052015

Bristol-Myers Squibb pays $14 million to resolve China FCPA offenses

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.

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Tuesday
Mar032015

How do pharmas pay bribes? The SEC counts the ways

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.

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