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FCPA Myths and Misconceptions, Debunked (Part 2: Enforcement)

As noted in the previous post is this series, FCPA misconceptions are dangerous. For compliance programs to mitigate risks as intended, everyone in the organization needs to understand them consistently. Compliance officers need to be alert for common myths or misunderstandings related to what the FCPA requires. Part 1 of this series describes common misconceptions […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Managing Latin America FCPA Risks at Customs

The agricultural trade press reports that Brazilian ports have a 60-day backlog of soybean shipments – about twice the usual delay – due to a record soybean crop. In Argentina, labor unrest has created shipping delays for agricultural commodities. Delays like these increase corruption risks – they create conditions for customs agents to pressure companies […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Customs and Police Top Corruption Risks in Latin America (What this means for FCPA compliance)

The 2012 Latin America Corruption Survey found that executives consider customs and police to present the highest levels of corruption risk throughout the region. The survey, organized by Miller & Chevalier, Matteson Ellis Law, and twelve law firms throughout the region, generated responses from more than 400 executives who work in Latin America for local, […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Wal-Mart’s Bribery in Mexico (Part 2: Insights into Specific Corruption Risks)

A lot has been discussed about Wal-Mart over the last three days since the New York Times’ bribery story broke. FCPAméricas offered its initial thoughts in Part 1 of this series. The story will no doubt continue. Enforcement officials will eventually act. The ways in which the New York Times obtained such detailed information will […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Poor Regulatory Quality — A Corruption Red Flag?

Indicators show that, compared to other regions of the world, Latin American countries generally have poor regulatory regimes. The World Bank Doing Business 2012 report ranks Latin American countries, on average, in the bottom half worldwide for regulatory quality. That reports compares 183 economies by measuring the clarity, predictability, and efficiency of regulations that apply […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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