In The News
Several news outlets and legal blogs took note this month of a recent action filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Rule 38a-1(c) of the Investment Company Act. That rule prohibits an officer, director or employee of a fund or its investment adviser from trying to coerce, manipulate, mislead or fraudulently influence a company's Chief Compliance Officer. The defendant, who traded in securities for an investment firm, allegedly lied to his Chief Compliance Officer in order to hide trades that he'd failed to clear according to certain regulatory rules and procedures. It was the first action brought by the SEC under the new rule. See In the Matter of Carl D. Johns, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-15440 (Filed August 27, 2013).
On September 5-6, leaders of the G-20 Summit met in St. Petersburg, Russia to discuss important international economic and financial issues. Among the main topics of discussion were anti-corruption and money laundering efforts. The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to implement effective measures for detecting, investigating, prosecuting, and sanctioning bribery offenses as well as creating new standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. These efforts track similar proposals made to tackle off-shore tax havens during the G-8 Summit in Dublin this past June.
And continuing with another trend that developed over the summer, there were several more bribery probes launched in China this month, including at Dumex Baby Food Co.
, a subsidiary of France's Danone SA, and at Alcon, the eye care division of Novartis AG
. The sweep of the Chinese pharmaceutical and health care industry continued with both Bayer
and Agilent added to the list of companies under investigation by Chinese authorities and new developments in the GlaxoSmithKline case.
There were several important events this month in the world of compliance and anti-bribery. Vote for which story you think deserves the top spot!
- Bulgarians march a long time to protest corruption. For one hundred days straight, Bulgarians en masse have marched in the streets of Sofia to protest rampant corruption and clientelism in their government. It is the largest protest in Bulgaria since 1997, when mass rallies led to a change in the then-Socialist government.
- G-20 commits to fight corruption and increase corporate transparency. Leaders at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg renewed the call for more countries to combat money laundering and corporate corruption as well as to restrict the allowed use of off-shore tax havens.
- China anti-bribery push continues. It's been another big month in China for corruption. Not only was former Communist Party politician Bo Xilai sentenced to life in prison by a Chinese court, but Chinese authorities also reportedly are investigating numerous employees of PetroChina, one of the State's biggest oil entities, for extorting bribes. Foreign companies in China are also continuing to feel pressure after new investigations regarding possible bribery of local officials were opened by Bayer, Agilent, Dumex Baby Food Co. and Alcon.
- Polish authorities working with DOJ to investigate bribery at HP. Hewlett Packard announced that the Polish Anti-Corruption Bureau has joined a probe by the Department of Justice into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by the company. The announcement follows the recent trend of increased cooperation between US enforcement agencies and their foreign counterparts in cross-border corruption cases.
- 4 UK Nationals Appear in Court Under the UK Bribery Act. Four individuals connected to Sustainable AgroEnergy plc have been charged by the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) with "offences of making and accepting a financial advantage" contrary to the 2010 UK Bribery Act. Their hearing is to begin on October 7 and will mark the first ever case brought by the SFO under the Bribery Act of 2010.
Books & Articles
How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes
Last year, TRACE published a fascinating and instructive book about how bribery schemes are devised, carried out and covered up. TRACE is now in the process of compiling the 2013 edition. We invite in-house counsel and anti-bribery practitioners to "join the conversation" by sharing their corruption (and compliance!) stories by writing to HowtoPayaBribe@traceinternational.org.
In Waging War on Corruption: Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power Frank Vogl, one of the leaders of the worldwide anticorruption movement, shares a history filled with stories of heroes and victims of corruption. He chronicles the successful campaigns by enormously courageous civil society activists, journalists, and public prosecutors and explains the crucial challenges that now must be confronted. At stake is nothing less than our global security, the reduction of poverty, the stability of our economic and financial systems, and the cause of freedom and democracy. Waging War on Corruption
will be of interest to reader of politics and government, business, human rights, and law.
Citizens Against Corruption: Report From The Frontline tells the story of how groups of courageous and dedicated citizens across the globe are taking direct action to root out corruption. It shows how people are no longer prepared to accept the predatory activities of dishonest officials and are challenging their scams. It draws on over 200 unique case studies that describe initiatives undertaken by 130 civil society organisations (CSOs) which engage directly with public agencies to stop the bribery and extortion that damages peoples' lives and obstructs social and economic progress. This book challenges the notion that, at best, civil society can only have a marginal impact on reducing corruption and argues that aid donors need to radically rethink their assistance for governance reform.
4 Ways to Pay a Bribe Without Opening Your Wallet
14 September 2013
Spanning the Globe: From Fraud to Freeze in 17 Hours
5 September 2013
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2nd Annual: Singapore Summit on Anti-Corruption, Compliance and Risk Management
December 3-4, 2013, Singapore
Upcoming live TASA accredited TRACE events:
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October 31, 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel
November 12, 2013, Libya
Winter 2014, Zambia
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Join Cisco, Mubadala, ABB, 3M Company, FH Bertling Holdings, and other industry leaders for our
2nd Global Anti-Bribery In-House Network (GAIN)
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November 12, 2013 in Libya.
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International Regulatory Updates
Firm: HergŁner Bilgen Ozeke Attorney Partnership
In Turkey, new Turkish Commercial Code (TCC) has been introduced. As per the new terms of TCC, the commercial intermediary could claim an appropriate compensation from the principal following the dissolution of the contractual relationship if:
- The principal continues to gain a significant interest after the dissolution, through the new costumers that the commercial intermediary contributed;
- The commercial intermediary loses its right to payment related to the relationships it has already established or to the relationships to be established within a short period of time with costumers as a result of the dissolution;
- It seems fair to grant this compensation in the particular circumstances of the case.
Accordingly, under certain conditions, the commercial intermediary may be entitled to compensation if their agreement with the principal is terminated or simply not renewed upon expiration.
Firm: Consortium - Rodriguez, Archila, Castellanos, Solares & Aguilar, S.C.
In Guatemala, Congress approved the new proposals to reform several laws regarding transparency and quality of public expenses in October 2012. Among the most relevant changes referred by the proposals, any public official, public employee or anyone performing public functions who takes advantage of his/her position will be penalized with increased punishment, such as five to ten years of imprisonment, fifty thousand to five hundred thousand quetzals in fine and removal from office.
Firm: Karanovic & Nikolic
In Serbia, the new Law on Public Procurement explicitly prescribes that the bidder, or its legal representative, must not have been convicted for any criminal offence as a member of an organized criminal group, for any criminal offence against the economy or environment, or for fraud, bribery or soliciting or accepting bribes.
Firm: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
In Hungary, the new Criminal Code entered into force as of July 31, 2013 contains legal framework for fighting white collar crime with particularity to bribery and other corrupt practices in private and non-government industries. The sanctions include up to ten years of imprisonment.
The new Criminal Code also excludes any legal or natural person from public procurement if that person has been found guilty of participating in a criminal organization, including any criminal offense committed in affiliation with organized crime, or for the misappropriation of funds, defalcation, budget fraud or money laundering.
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