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The Tangible and Intangible Drivers of FCPA Risk in Venezuela Today

Venezuela is considered by experts to be one of the most corrupt countries in Latin America, and the problem appears to have worsened over the years. The probability of FCPA violations is high for companies doing business in Venezuela, and when you look closely, it's easy to see why. Matteson Ellis explores the ways in which companies ...


Bobby Keys, the Rolling Stones and Establishing Trust

While due diligence is essential when doing business with or through third parties, ultimately trust is critical in maintaining successful business relationships. No matter how thorough the questionnaire or how in-depth the business justification, even well-vetted partners can do you wrong if the relationship consists of a series of box-ticking encounters. Don't overestimate the power of transparency.

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Doing Business in India – Corruption Risks and Responses

A recently released whitepaper from Foley & Lardner and India-based MZM Legal offers much-needed guidance on maintaining compliance with the FCPA while doing business in India. Tom Fox has done the heavy lifting already, however, and provides CCI readers today with a glimpse into the piece and highlighting some of the greatest corruption risks and how to manage ...

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Anti-Corruption Developments in Azerbaijan: A Look at SOCAR

Construction is now underway on Azerbaijan's Southern Gas Corridor, and one of the primary entities behind the development has been under the microscope for alleged corruption and bribery in its dealings in the oil and gas industry in the region. Both are fairly common problems in the area, giving companies even more reason to strengthen due diligence ...

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Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Brazil Heats Up Against Individuals

The winds of change have reached Brazil, and it's fast becoming clear that the Brazilian government is putting the kibosh on corruption there. Violations of the Clean Companies Act have yet to bring about enforcement actions, but meanwhile, authorities are prosecuting individuals. Here, Matteson Ellis covers three high-profile cases and considers what they may portend.

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EY Fraud Survey & Compliance Fatigue: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Ideally, executives will drive home the importance of a culture of ethics both with their words and their actions. However, it's often difficult to do business ethically while maintaining strong financial performance and a competitive edge. When the prospect of satisfying both goals seems impossible, something's got to give. Unfortunately, this is where the justification begins.