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Miller & Chevalier Releases Results of 2016 Latin America Corruption Survey

Despite more than three-quarters of businesspeople indicating that their country’s anti-corruption laws are ineffective, the 2016 Latin America Corruption Survey released by Miller & Chevalier Chartered and 13 partner firms shows marked signs of regionwide improvement in corporate compliance measures. In April and May 2016, Miller & Chevalier and 13 Latin American partner firms distributed […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Corruption and Compliance in Ecuador: An Interview with Local Lawyer Bruce Horowitz

FCPAméricas recently interviewed Bruce Horowitz, a lawyer in Ecuador who conducts considerable anti-corruption compliance work and understands the local terrain. Mr. Horowitz has served as Co-Chair of the ABA’s Anti-Corruption Committee and is currently launching the Center for the Study of Bribery and Extortion Situations in Ecuador. The interview can be heard here:   In […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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How Latin American Countries Define “Public Official”

Under the FCPA, the meaning of “public official” is important to determining whether or not a specific payment is prohibited. This is because the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA only apply to public bribery, that is, bribes paid to public officials of non-U.S. countries. The analysis is often linked to a determination of whether an […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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The Changing Role of the General Counsel … in Latin America?

A recent Harvard Business Review article entitled “The Rise of the General Counsel” discusses how the role, status, and importance of a company’s general counsel has changed in the United States. It calls this “one of the most important developments of the last 25 years.” The article discusses how the GC is now a core […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Man Bites Dog: When Corporations Are Victims of Bribery

On Monday, Chevron Corporation issued a press release entitled “Former Ecuadorian Judge Admits Role in Orchestrating Fraudulent Judgment Against Chevron.” The announcement provides a detailed account of how a judge received thousands of dollars from the lawyers and representatives of local indigenous residents in the Lago Agrio area of Ecuador who had sued the company. […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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