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Connecting the Dots: Latin America Examples of Common FCPA Anti-Bribery Violations

FCPAméricas has seen a spike in readership from Latin America suggesting that regional businesspeople and companies are increasingly seeking to understand the FCPA. Since we believe that having relatable examples is useful for new readers and for practitioners tasked with spreading the message to different audiences, this post seeks to ground discussions of common FCPA […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Brookfield: Notable Aspects of Corruption in Brazil

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that a prosecutor in Brazil has filed bribery charges against the Brazilian subsidiary of Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management. Brookfield is one of the world’s largest property investors. The civil charges allege that the subsidiary paid $640,000 in bribes to obtain construction permits around Sao Paulo. As part […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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How FCPA Enforcement Officials Discover Violations

People throughout Latin America often ask me how FCPA enforcement officials discover that a company has bribed a foreign official. It is a good question. Foreign bribery usually happens far away from the United States. Bribery by its very nature plays out in the darkness. Those committed to making improper payments are also committed to […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Wal-Mart, Go Big on FCPA Compliance

I recently met a compliance officer for a particular multinational corporation that is currently under investigation for possible FCPA violations. FCPAméricas has been quite critical of this company. I told him that I hoped his colleagues were not offended. He said, no, not at all. His company sees the FCPA investigation as an opportunity. I […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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FCPA Enforcement’s Surprising Effect on Foreign SOEs, and Why It Matters

Robust FCPA enforcement over the last several years has had some obvious effects. Chief among then, it has caused companies to invest considerable attention and resources in anti-corruption compliance. It has inspired other countries to follow suit, enacting their own anti-corruption laws and enforcement programs. It has helped fuel the proliferation of treaties aimed at […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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