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International experts - 12 February 2016
Frederick T. Davis
Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton - Paris & New York

We read that recently a corporation entered a guilty plea in France to criminal charges. Was this a first? And will we see more such pleas in the future?

It appears to be the first time that a corporation has entered an agreement leading to a criminal judgment being entered against it under procedures adopted in France in 2011. For a variety of reasons, though, I do not believe that the agreement reached here offers a template that will be repeated very often in the near future. In fact, I doubt that there will be many “corporate guilty pleas” in France absent some changes in criminal procedures.

Anti-Corruption Compliance Blog - 01 February 2016
Philippe Montigny
President, ETHIC Intelligence Certification Committee

Anti-corruption training needs to include an educational component on all the potential risks of corruption, as well as a description of the company’s anti-corruption compliance program and procedures, but, above all, it should be an opportunity for employees to exchange with compliance managers. It should encourage employees to express their concerns and foster a group discussion on possible ways to address the risks identified.

International experts - 13 January 2016
Anand S. Daya
Partner Koura & Company Advocates and Barristers - Tribhuvan Complex Flat No. 236-239, Ishwar Nagar Mathura Road New Delhi, India

INDIA ENACTS WEAK WHISTLEBLOWER LAW

The Whistleblower Protection Act, 2011 (“Act“ or “Whistleblower Act”) was enacted and received the assent of the President of India on May 9, 2014. The Act will come into force once it has been notified by the Government, which usually happens after the rules to be framed under an act have been promulgated. We expect that this will take up to a year; there is no prescribed deadline specified in the Act.

Anti-Corruption Compliance Blog - 01 January 2016
Philippe Montigny
President, ETHIC Intelligence Certification Committee

Convincing employees of the necessity of an anti-corruption compliance program and of its implementation is challenging because it is often viewed as just another level of administrative procedures: third party due diligence, gifts and invitations policy, etc.

International experts - 13 December 2015
Céleste Cornu
Anti-corruption Services Operations Manager SGS -

You recently participated in a conference organized by the Art Law Centre in Geneva ‘Money Laundering in the Art World: a reality?’ Could you comment on why the topic of art and money laundering is moving to the top of the agenda?

This topic is relevant for two reasons.Firstly, it is obvious that the art market is exposed to money laundering. Factors include:

International experts - 12 December 2015
Frederick T. Davis
Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton - Paris & New York

We read that recently a High Court judge in London approved a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) under a procedure adopted in the United Kingdom in 2014. Is this significant?

Yes, it is, for several reasons.

To make sure that we are all using the same terms, what, exactly, is a DPA? 

A DPA is an agreement that a company may sign with the prosecutor whereby it agrees to the payment of fines or other sanctions, and to implement restorative or remedial measures, in return for which formal charges are dropped without a judgment of conviction being entered.

International experts - 03 December 2015
Jean-Pierre Méan
Attorney at Law Doctor of Law MCE Legal - Grand-Chêne 1-3 CH 1002 Lausanne, Switzerland

For over a year now, FIFA has been in the media practically every day with an avalanche of bad news to the point that it is difficult to follow their course. In a nutshell, what are the difficulties encountered by this organization and its Executive Committee?

Anti-Corruption Compliance Blog - 01 December 2015
Philippe Montigny
President, ETHIC Intelligence Certification Committee

Every national guideline currently issued on anti-corruption compliance contains a section on the importance of training. Every company committed to anti-corruption compliance develops comprehensive training programs. But the investment is high and calls for careful consideration of the expected return on investment.

International experts - 14 November 2015
Esperanza Hernandez Cuadra
Compliance Specialist, Impact on Integrity - Madrid, Spain

How will the new Criminal Code in Spain affect multi-nationals working there?

Changes in the Spanish Criminal Code under the Organic Law 1/2015 substantially increase corporate criminal liability, introduced back in 2010. With this new reform, a Spanish legal entity could be exonerated from, inter alia, liability for a bribery offence committed by one of its employees. This can be done by proving that the company has previously implemented appropriate surveillance and control measures to prevent or to significantly reduce the risk of such crimes (i.e. a compliance programme).

International experts - 12 November 2015
Toby Duthie, Lukas Bartusevicius, Kiran Patel
Founder and Partner, Business Development Analyst, Project Manager, Forensic Risk Alliance -

You recently contributed an article to the Lawyer on the evolution in data collection and processing. Could you comment on a specific example of how you tackle this increasingly complex issue?

TD: A European Court of Justice ruling that the EU Safe Harbor data-sharing agreement with the US is invalid, calls for urgent fundamental reassessment of data storage and e-Discovery policies. I can share the following story as an example of how to tackle these new challenges in the sector: – We were asked to help a client who was responding to an investigation by a regulator with global reach. They faced allegations of corruption and were based in a civil law European jurisdiction.

International experts - 10 November 2015
Lauren Higgins, Juliette Van Hove
Group Compliance Officer, Compliance Manager - Cambridge University Press

Do you have any recent examples of bribery in the publishing industry?

In 2012, Oxford University Press was ordered by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to pay a £1.9m fine after two subsidiary companies bribed government officials in Kenya and Tanzania for contracts to supply textbooks. As a consequence, these two subsidiaries were also debarred by the World Bank for a period of three years. As well as the fine imposed by the SFO, Oxford University Press also paid $500,000 to the World Bank and agreed to make a voluntary payment of £2m to educational charities in Africa.

Anti-Corruption Compliance Blog - 01 November 2015
Philippe Montigny
President, ETHIC Intelligence Certification Committee

I previously mentioned the four pillars of any effective anti-corruption compliance program. Their effectiveness has been demonstrated in the domain of industrial accidents and can be readily transposed for corruption prevention: tone at the top, training for relevant personnel, tools adapted to risk and controls of the implementation.

International experts - 14 October 2015
Ricardo Seoane Rayo
Lawyer, Corporate Defense & Tax Technical Writer - Madrid, Spain

What are the newest developments in Spain in the fight against corruption?

A new legal framework in Spain finally installs criminal liability for corporations if they cannot prove they had a coherent compliance program in place when being investigated for a concrete offense. The Criminal Code has been reformed significantly and introduces the regime of corporate compliance with article 31bis. Other articles are new or updated.

International experts - 13 October 2015
Robert M. Appleton
Partner Day Pitney LLP - 7 Times Square New York, NY 10036

Prosecutions of corruption are now an increasing priority of many national governments. This was not always the case. While the FCPA was enacted in 1977, bribery cases were few and far between. This was so until about 2005, when the Oil for Food Scandal and resulting investigations helped change the landscape. Through the Oil for Food Programme’s implementation, Saddam Hussein corrupted a humanitarian project designed to relieve the suffering of the Iraqi people by requiring bribes for the purchase and sale of oil contracts, and demanding gratuities from companies for providing humanitarian supplies to his beleaguered and starving nation.

International experts - 12 October 2015
Pedro Henrique Leite
Associate / Law & Business Ethics Ferreira Leite Advogados - Brazil – France

How is Brazil faring in the fight against corruption?

Recent corruption scandals – including the major Petrobras case – are progressively tainting the image of Brazil as a safe place to start or to entertain business. But the implementation of new anti-corruption legislation is already showing results, opening the eyes of national and international companies to compliance while operating in Brazil. According to the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (TI CPI), Brazil is still one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and occupies 69th position in the ranking of 175 countries.

Anti-Corruption Compliance Blog - 01 October 2015
Philippe Montigny
President, ETHIC Intelligence Certification Committee

Some CEOs hesitate to communicate on corruption prevention; others do it in a very innovative and convincing manner... using a lot of imagination!

International experts - 14 September 2015
Frederick T. Davis
Of Counsel Debevoise & Plimpton LLP -

We have read quite a bit in the American press about the so-called “Yates Memorandum.” What is this memorandum, and why is it important?

Sally Yates is the Deputy Attorney General of the United States. That is a very important position – the n° 2 slot in the Department of Justice – and she speaks with great authority. On September 9, 2015, she gave a speech that was simultaneously released as a formal memorandum on the DoJ website, which is in the form of a To/From memorandum to all of the prosecutors within the DoJ. Its title is “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing.” In it, Ms. Yates describes in some detail certain principles that US federal prosecutors must follow when addressing corporate crime, and in particular addresses the question of the individual criminal responsibility of corporate officers.

International experts - 12 September 2015
Lars Nyberg
Chairman of the Management Board DUTB Bank Assets Management Company - Ljubljana, Slovenia

When you were first structuring your anti-corruption compliance program, were there any unexpected challenges?

For historical reasons, corruption is a sensitive issue in Slovenia. The state owned banks lost a lot of money during the banking crisis, money that eventually had to be paid back by the taxpayers. In addition, corruption is suspected to be behind a substantial part of that lost money. When, in late 2013, the Bank Assets Management Company took over the majority of non-performing assets from the banks, we were viewed as taking over the corruption as well. We were expected to be non-transparent, trying to cover up for what had happened in the banks. Authorities, politicians and the press were all highly suspicious of the new state owned “bad bank”.

International experts - 10 September 2015
Nicole Rose
CEO/Founder Create Training Gold Coast - Sydney and London

The emotional experiment

Quick experiment, imagine one of the following events: your football team just won the grand final; or you just watched people admire your work; or you discovered the 10-page document you have just worked on has got corrupted and cannot be saved. Do you respond with measured thought or do you feel an emotion? Probably the latter. Do you move on to the next thing or do you continue to build up emotion about this? Again, probably the latter. Why? Because our emotions respond quicker than our thoughts and emotions are contagious.

International experts - 09 September 2015
Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff
Partner and Country Head Simmons & Simmons - Dusseldorf, Germany

On 29 July 2015, the German Government introduced a legislative initiative of the Act on fighting corruption in the health care sector. The draft Act will now be read by the Federal Parliament and it is expected that it will come into effect at the beginning of 2016.

What has been the status of medical practitioners in Germany since 2012?

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