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Health Care Fraud v. The FCPA

Health Care Fraud v. The FCPA

With all the press and Congressional attention to anti-corruption enforcement, it is important to keep things in perspective.  FCPA enforcement is aggressive but pales in comparison to federal government efforts to combat fraud in the Medicare system.   It is estimated that almost 10 percent ($48 billion) of Medicare’s $507 billion budget in 2010 was made for fraudulent or improper payments.  The Center for Medicare and...

Back to Nature's Sunshine

Back to Nature's Sunshine

When businesses complain about the unfairness of the FCPA, the Nature’s Sunshine case is often cited as an example of SEC overreaching. Businesses may have a legitimate complaint. In July 2009, the SEC filed a settled enforcement against Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. and its CEO and former CFO. The SEC did not allege that the officers were involved in or even aware of the alleged...

Join Us at World Compliance – FCPA Chicago Event 2011

Join Us at World Compliance – FCPA Chicago Event 2011

Join Ryan Morgan, Tom Fox and Michael Volkov Join us Wednesday November 16th at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603, for a comprehensive look at the lessons learned over the past four years. Attendees will receive three hours of MCLE credit 9 AM – Opening remarks by Ryan Morgan AML/CA, CCEP – Anti Corruption Specialist, WorldCompliance 9:15 to 10:15 Tom Fox,...

The Key to Avoiding Criminal Liability Under the FCPA

The Key to Avoiding Criminal Liability Under the FCPA

Compliance is not rocket science. Of course, the one time I told that to a company’s general counsel, he looked at me and said “Before I had this job, I was a rocket scientist” (which was true). With all the reams of paper and blog space outlining detailed compliance formulas, a company can protect itself from criminal liability by committing itself to transparency and negating...

The US Model for Deferred and Non-Prosecution Agreements

The US Model for Deferred and Non-Prosecution Agreements

The Obama Administration has aggressively prosecuted domestic and foreign businesses for criminal violations of a variety of criminal laws, including anti-bribery, antitrust, health care fraud, and securities fraud. Even in this environment, some critics have grumbled that prosecutors have too quickly settled such prosecutions for large fines and future promises of compliance contained in deferred prosecution (DPA) or non-prosecution agreements(NPA). Underlying the Justice Department’s use...

Welcome to Corruption, Crime and Compliance

Welcome to Corruption, Crime and Compliance

Welcome to my new website.   I have moved from White Collar Defense and Compliance.  Thanks to Ethics360 for creating a new blog site and supporting my new venture. It goes without saying that businesses face significant risks. The Obama Administration has targeted businesses using aggressive tactics, strict enforcement policies and unprecedented criminal prosecutions. My hope is to provide readers with information about current issues relating to anti-corruption enforcement...

Compliance and the Global Economy

Compliance and the Global Economy

It is interesting to take a step back from the micro-world of compliance and examine current trends in compliance and the global marketplace. More companies recognize the importance of compliance – global enforcement is becoming more aggressive, international enforcement and information sharing is increasingly coordinated, and compliance has become a more important requirement for participation in the global marketplace. The importance of compliance cuts across...

Private Equity and Hedge Fund Compliance Webinar November 8, 2011 at 1230 pm

Private Equity and Hedge Fund Compliance Webinar November 8, 2011 at 1230 pm

Join Michael Volkov, Andrew Hulsh and Richard Rosenfeld  Mayer Brown LLP Partners —  November 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm   In this era of aggressive enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption laws, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have now turned their attention to private equity and hedge funds. The implications of this new initiative are far-reaching...

The Gathering Storm: Anti-Corruption Compliance for Private Equity and Hedge Funds

The Gathering Storm: Anti-Corruption Compliance for Private Equity and Hedge Funds

Thursday, October 6, 20118:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.New York, NY Intensified enforcement efforts by international authorities and anti-corruption laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act have now presented an increased liability in the private equity and hedge funds sector. A recent survey of corporate executives, investment bankers, private equity executives and hedge fund managers, found that 63 percent of...