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FCPA Compliance Strategies for Extortion in Latin America

Author: Matteson Ellis

ExtortionThis post was co-authored by Maryna Kavaleuskaya, a Law Clerk at Miller & Chevalier.

Extortion can be an unfortunate reality for those doing business in Latin America. Rural highway shakedowns and intimidation by military personnel can and does occur in places like Venezuela. Underpaid and corrupt local police in Mexico sometimes invent violations just to request payments to look the other way. Immigration officials in Nicaragua might threaten to use their own needles to administer a required yellow fever shot if a traveler without her vaccination papers is not willing to otherwise pay a bribe.

This means that individuals working in the region can face difficult FCPA compliance questio... Read more

FCPA Flash Discusses Latin America Anti-Corruption Developments

Author: Matteson Ellis

FCPA-Flash-200x140In this FCPA Flash Podcast, Matteson Ellis discusses anti-corruption developments in Brazil, common barriers and distortions in Latin America that often serve as the root cause of bribery, and other developments in Latin America in the bribery and corruption space. The FCPA Flash is produced by the FCPA Professor and is sponsored by the Red Flag Group... Read more

ISO 37.001 (Anti-Bribery Management System) Expected to be Published by the end of 2016

Author: Carlos Ayres

ISOCarlos Ayres serves as Brazil’s Head of Delegation for ISO 37.001.

Over 60 experts from 33 countries (from Latin America, there were delegations from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico) participated last week in Mexico City in the final round of discussions related to the draft of ISO 37.001 (Anti-Bribery Management System). Participants considered and discussed over 540 comments to the draft. The final version is expected to be approved in the coming weeks. ISO 37.001 is expected to be published by the end of 2016. Below is some key information about the upcoming ISO 37.001.

An ISO Standard. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops and publishes international standards. It is compromised of the national standards bodies from 163 member countries. Over the last 3 years, more than 80 experts, 16 observer countries and 7 liaison organizations have been involved in the drafting of ISO 37.001.

Scope and Requirements. ISO 37.... Read more


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