Given my practice area, people often ask me why people commit white-collar crimes. I ask myself this question; and, just as often, I ask myself how can I help my corporate clients mitigate the risks of committing a crime? Despite my lifelong quest to answer both these questions, I have no good answers. Unfortunately, the…

At times, corporations and their leaders fumble when assessing legal risks. The result is trouble – corruption, procurement fraud, securities violations, inflated earnings, and trade violations. When it happens, it often results in criminal prosecutions, shareholder lawsuits, and negative media creating a perception that companies are filled with scoundrels. Often the prosecutions, the lawsuits and…

Do ethics and compliance have a price? Yep, and it varies depending on the scenario. But for this post, I am going to start my calculation at about $4.5 billion dollars. In 2015, Forbes Magazine put Ms. Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, on its list of the world’s richest self-made women with a…

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office is Serious About Punishing Corrupt Behavior (Even Those Who Can’t Pay Serious Fines) Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has reached a deferred prosecution agreement with a “small to medium sized” company that as of this writing it cannot yet name. So for purposes of this post we will call that “small…

Managing investigations or investigators is never easy. Litigating is never easy either. But, it does not have to be as hard as Uber recently made it which included inflaming a judge as well as garnering it bad press. Last year when Uber got smacked with an anti-trust lawsuit, Uber retained an investigative firm to look…

DOJ has been investigating hiring practices and accusing some U.S. companies of trading jobs and internships to obtain or retain international business…. check out below ABA article for some ideas to manage this risk.    American Bar Association Business Law Today:  Practical Steps to Mitigate Corruption Risks in Hiring

SCOTUS recently vacated former Virginia Governor’s conviction for corruption.   Does this mean domestic corruption is a thing of the past – are corporations free to wine and dine government officials now?   Can you hire the federal government employee who just awarded you a contract?   Probably not but find out the details July…

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