By Christopher M. Matthews | September 21st, 2010

You know you’ve arrived when your name gets dropped on The Young and the Restless, or at least you know that thousands of stay-at-home moms, and dads, are aware of your existence.

Such is the case for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or should I say, the “Foreign Practices Corrupt Act.”

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By Christopher M. Matthews | September 14th, 2010

The U.K. Bribery Act seems to generate two different reactions in the oil and gas industry, often depending on which side of the Atlantic Ocean a company is located.

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By Christopher M. Matthews | September 13th, 2010

Ordinarily, the discovery a major oil field within a country’s borders would be cause for national celebration. In Ghana, it musters mixed emotions.

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By Christopher M. Matthews | September 3rd, 2010

A testy debate is developing in South Africa over who leaked information about expiring rights to the country’s largest iron mine. Who the source of the leak is could have huge implications for potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges.

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By Christopher M. Matthews | August 31st, 2010

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations are a major issue in the realm of mergers and acquisitions. A number of M&As have been derailed because of a fear of successor liability — the  inherent responsibility of the buyer for past FCPA violations of the private entity it has acquired.

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By Christopher M. Matthews | August 20th, 2010

For members of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act community, a lot of time and gossip are devoted to “industry-wide” probes.

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By Christopher M. Matthews | August 19th, 2010

The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act probe of the pharmaceutical industry has gotten a lot of recently. Last Thursday, The Financial Times ran a cover story on the probe, which was followed by a New York Times story on Friday. And today, The Times of India elbowed into the fray with story of its own.

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By Christopher M. Matthews | August 11th, 2010

To be honest, after eight months covering the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, I was still a bit unclear about who at the FBI handled FCPA investigations. Even former DOJ Criminal Fraud Section officials didn’t seem to have a handle on it. As one ex-DOJer told me, the endless list of acronyms and bureaucratic processes get in the way of knowing what the hell is going on.

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By Christopher M. Matthews | August 11th, 2010

Welcome to “The Cost.”

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About Christopher M. Matthews

Chris covers corruption and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.