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Corporate Governance In An Era Of Compliance, Sean J. Griffith May 2016

Corporate Governance In An Era Of Compliance, Sean J. Griffith

William & Mary Law Review

Compliance is the new corporate governance. The compliance function is the means by which firms adapt behavior to legal, regulatory, and social norms. Formerly, this might have been conceived as a typical governance matter to be handled at the discretion of the board of directors. Compliance, however, does not fit traditional models of corporate governance. It does not come from the board of directors, state corporate law, or federal securities law. Compliance amounts instead to an internal governance structure imposed upon the firm from the outside by enforcement agents. This insight has important implications, both practical and theoretical, for corporate ...


U.S. V. Esquenazi: U.S. Appellate Court Defines “Instrumentality” Under The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act For The First Time, Jon Jordan Apr 2015

U.S. V. Esquenazi: U.S. Appellate Court Defines “Instrumentality” Under The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act For The First Time, Jon Jordan

William & Mary Business Law Review

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The Federal Common Law Of Successor Liability And The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Taylor J. Phillips Feb 2015

The Federal Common Law Of Successor Liability And The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Taylor J. Phillips

William & Mary Business Law Review

In recent years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have vigorously enforced the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA prohibits bribery of foreign government officials, and the statute provides for significant civil and criminal sanctions. Settling and remediating violations can cost corporate defendants millions, with several corporate enforcement actions exceeding $100 million in sanctions. Moreover, enforcement actions related to the FCPA often are not brought until many years after the alleged violations.

Because the massive potential liabilities associated with an FCPA violation may not manifest themselves until years after the violation occurred, prospective ...


Avoiding Fcpa Suprises: Safe Harbor From Successor Liability In Cross-Border Mergers And Acquisitions, Adam Prestidge Oct 2013

Avoiding Fcpa Suprises: Safe Harbor From Successor Liability In Cross-Border Mergers And Acquisitions, Adam Prestidge

William & Mary Law Review

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Taming The Fcpa Overreach Through An Adequate Procedures Defense, Dieter Juedes Feb 2013

Taming The Fcpa Overreach Through An Adequate Procedures Defense, Dieter Juedes

William & Mary Business Law Review

Currently many American corporations must pursue and develop international business relationships. For these American firms, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is the most important U.S. law governing international commerce. The FCPA prohibits firms from bribing foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business in a foreign country. Despite its infrequent use during the last quarter of the twentieth century, Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions under the statute have exploded in the last few years. Due to this increase in enforcement and the difficulties in complying with the FCPA, the ...


Settling With Your Hands Tied: Why Judicial Intervention Is Needed To Curb An Expanding Interpretation Of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Pete J. Georgis May 2012

Settling With Your Hands Tied: Why Judicial Intervention Is Needed To Curb An Expanding Interpretation Of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Pete J. Georgis

Golden Gate University Law Review

This Comment argues that the broad interpretation of the FCPA’s business nexus requirement, which criminalizes payments that both directly and indirectly “obtain or retain business,” encourages prosecutorial abuse and deviates from the intended purpose of the Act. The Justice Department’s expansive approach to FCPA enforcement has cost companies tremendously, even though the Act’s drafters intended for a more balanced approach. Part I of this Comment will discuss the history and background of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and its amendments in 1988 and 1998. Part II will examine the application of the business nexus requirement ...