Tom and I talk about Pfizer (a little), Standard Chartered (more), EADS, News Corp., and more on Episode #49 of This Week in FCPA.
01:21: Howard won’t tempt fate again. Believe it.
02:03: Pfizer & Wyeth settle enforcement actions. Tom and I will be doing an entire episode just about that.
04:42: Standard Chartered
21:32: Did Standard Chartered have a “Deceptive Business Plan?” Or did they just follow the law as OFAC has laid it out?
29:44: What happened to the Attorney-Client Privilege?!
32:46: We have to bring Deloitte into it too
37:40: Evasion versus doing what’s legal in a different way (or, is it illegal if you jump through the hoops they set up?)
39:26: Is there such a thing as “reputation risk?”
46:34: SFO is investigating an EADS subsidiary
49:38: News Corp. arrests, Church of England divests
52:43: JP Morgan Chase is my new best friend
I talk about the importance of context in evaluating potential FCPA violations. No inappropriate behavior occurs in a vacuum. Companies who can show that they take anti-bribery seriously can easily weather an inquiry by the DOJ or the SEC.
A busy FCPA week: investigations starting, investigations ending, CEOs asked to come in for interviews, Stroz Friedberg picks up another one, and a rant about CDOs, the financial crisis, and dumb money.
02:47: Investigation of Sensata closes, no charges brought; raises the question of “what’s a declination, exactly?” And how you need M&A diligence.
14:00: WW Grainger publicly announces that they don’t know how to do an internal investigation. That is, they announced that their investigation didn’t find anything. What should you do with gift cards? And why a compliance culture is good for the business.
22:31: Halliburton opens an investigation
26:12: Olympus open an investigation. Into reimbursements to doctors in Brazil. Really? You’re gonna disclose that?
28:04: The importance of integrating companies you buy
33:05: Total SA. Howard goes on a rant, and evidently isn’t a fan of anything French.
40:15: Still on Total SA, but talking about how the investigation is REALLY old, and as someone told me, cases—unlike wine—don’t get better with age. Plus, the blocking statue; plus, the whistleblower laws.
43:03: Avon’s CEO gets called in, and Avon has spent a ton of money. Seriously, if you weighed it, it would weigh a ton.
49:25: Bistrong gets 18 months. Howard feels conflicted.
54:21: Stroz Friedberg shoots…they score! Again. First Scott Peeler, now David Glockner.
56:47: SEC loses Stoker trial. Howard tries to explain what a CDO is (and fails miserably).
A shorter episode this week, in episode #47 Tom and I talk about the virtues of a free press, checkbook journalism, the effect of foreign law on US regulatory decisions, how to choose FCPA outside counsel, and more!
02:15: No enforcement actions this week, no new investigations
02:47: News Corp., phone hacking, the Leveson Committee, and we’re shocked, shocked, to find that there’s gambling going on in this establishment (wait, you mean that reporters pay for access?!). The intersection between the FCPA and a free press.
09:04: New law firm FCPA updates
10:36: if Germany says someone isn’t a government official, does that bind (or even influence) the DOJ?
15:25: law firm FCPA updates are too long, I argue
18:00: How to choose outside counsel for FCPA matters (Howard’s version)
26:37: Howard’s book comes out (okay, it’s Alexandra Wrage’s book; I just wrote a chapter).
27:43: New corporate disclosures (Qualcomm, Stryker, Schlumberger) show LONG investigations
32:11: Bistrong gets a recommendation of probation
34:17: The problem with sting cases
35:27: What’s a declination?
1:37: Halliburton’s settlement of the shareholder action
3:46: Halliburton messaging requirements
9:36: Halliburton’s audit personnel requirement
13:21: Back to the messaging requirements; should they have set the # of messages
17:54: Qualcomm opens an internal investigation (belatedly)
20:27: Is a Wells Notice something you must disclose
28:08: What happens (or should happen) when you get the first call from the DOJ & SEC
29:31: Are outside auditors going to lawyer up too?
31:46: Nordam penalized, but not too harshly
41:08: Noble executives Mark Jackson and James Ruehlen file their reply briefs
47:40: Do you have to know that what you’re paying is a bribe? To “willfully” bribe? How does that apply to facilitation payments?
57:25: I rant about tolling and the statute of limitations