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Lessons from “The Mensalão”: Brazil’s Largest-Ever Corruption Trial

Right now, Brazil is in the middle of its largest corruption trial in its history. The proceeding is being called the “Mensalão,” meaning “the big monthly payment.” Thirty-eight individuals, including current and former government officials, have been accused of paying or accepting monthly bribes, money laundering, conspiracy, fraudulent management of finance institutions, and other related […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Latin America is not a Country (Managing FCPA compliance when risks are diverse)

I was recently asked to give a presentation on a webinar about common corruption risks in Latin America. My first reaction – impossible. As people in the region will sometimes tell you, “Latin America is not a country.” It is a massive region with more than half a billion people and 24 different nations represented. […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Three Lessons from Jack Abramoff for FCPA Counsel

Jack Abramoff was convicted in 2006 of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials and served three and a half years in prison. He is the lobbyist notoriously known as the face of corruption in Washington, DC. Now released from prison, he was recently interviewed by Harvard’s Edmond Safra Center for Ethics (watch the […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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