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A National Anti-Corruption Commission in Mexico? What to Make of the President-Elect’s Proposal

A new President’s first proposal matters. It sets the tone and send a message to citizens and markets. It signals priorities, which means the proposal usually has a better chance of becoming law than those put forth when few are paying attention. In Mexico, the President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto just announced his first set of […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Behind the “Pantalla”: Common Corruption Risks in Mexico

As William Finnegan wrote recently in an illuminating New Yorker article, “in Mexico, it is often impossible to know who is behind something.” This is an important reminder for FCPA compliance officers. It is often a challenge to know what is going on in your foreign operations. Due diligence, trainings, audits, and risk assessments are […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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A “Mexican FCPA”? Not Just Yet

In an article published this week in Latin Lawyer (“Anti-bribery act brings Mexico up to OECD standards, say lawyers”), Mexican lawyers suggest that a new bribery law in Mexico is broad enough to satisfy OECD commitments. One lawyer even states, “It’s been called the Mexican Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” The law is certainly a positive […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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FCPA Actions that Hit Home

As a legal matter, the FCPA addresses only the supply side of bribery. This means that the effects of corruption are irrelevant to whether or not a violation has occurred. But considering effects is still important. If nothing else, it calls to mind why such a law exists in the first place. More often than […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Business Pushback against Brazil Foreign Bribery Bill

In January 2012, FCPAméricas reported on how Brazil is currently considering an overhaul of its foreign bribery law (see Another BRIC in the Anti-Corruption Wall). In March, we reported on how a special committee created by the Brazilian Congress to analyze the bill made revisions to the draft that bolstered certain provisions (see Road to […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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