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4 Unique Challenges to Cross-Border Investigations (Part 1)

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Communication problems, language differences, and above all, different laws: These are some of the obstacles compliance professionals face when conducting internal investigations across borders. In Part 1 of this blog series, we explored the rise of cross-border investigations and the unique issues they represent. In this article, we discuss six steps your compliance team can take to address ...
Having offices spread around the globe may indicate a strong international company, but conducting frequent business across jurisdictions also raises complications in terms of compliance. More and more companies are learning that, when internal investigations cross borders, they present specific difficulties that must be addressed by the compliance team.
Earlier this year I predicted that under the Trump Administration, enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act would take the FCPA Pilot Program to its logical conclusion. To wit: if a company with FCPA exposure met the requirements of the Pilot Program (self-disclosure, cooperation, and remediation), that company would not just receive lighter penalties—it would receive no penalties, and ...
The ability to craft effective policies is key to the success of any compliance program, however, the task is much easier said than done. Today’s business environment is global, diverse, highly regulated, and fraught with risk, making the process of working out straightforward and effective company policies even more complex. It is therefore essential for compliance officers to work closely ...
More than ever, businesses need to comply with online privacy rules regarding the use of cookies on their websites. Cookies are used by many sites to track user preferences and behavior. A new European regulation is changing the rules -- and businesses can risk fines of up to €2 million for non-compliance.
One-fits-all doesn’t work when it comes to compliance programs, and that’s especially true in emerging markets. Whether you’re investing in China or in the Middle East, cultural practices can get companies into trouble, from customary bribes to using connections to get contracts. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that these traditional practices are the only way of doing business. 
The term “emerging markets” is extremely broad, and includes countries with very different histories and cultures, risks and challenges. What those challenges and risks mean to your organization may depend on your business model and industry. 
Few ideas are as universally accepted in the compliance community as the belief that the chief compliance officer should be a strong, autonomous role that reports directly to the board or CEO.
From China to Brazil, Morocco to Russia, emerging markets are extremely important to established companies, because of their potential for growth and the many new business opportunities they represent. While tapping into these markets promises big benefits to global organizations, those benefits come with additional challenges and risks, particularly in terms of corruption and bribery. In this ...
“Client-attorney privilege” is one of those terms that pops up with some regularity on police procedural TV shows like the “Law & Order” series. The basic goal of this privilege is to encourage full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients by protecting those communications. But did you know that this privilege can also apply to internal compliance investigations and the work ...