In 1977, Congress passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the first domestic statute governing the conduct of domestic companies in their direct and indirect interactions with foreign officials. For most of its existence, the FCPA was sporadically enforced and of concern to only a small portion of the business and legal community. In the past several years, however, the FCPA has surged to the forefront of concerns for international business. For instance, in 2004 there were five FCPA enforcement actions; in 2010 there were seventy-four FCPA enforcement actions and approximately $1.3 billion in total fines and penalties assessed against businesses. Given the recent increase and aggressiveness of enforcement, the FCPA has become a major legal issue for all multinational companies across various industry sectors.
What are the priorities and goals of the FCPA? Is the FCPA effective and an efficient use of resources? What are the appropriate FCPA risk-management strategies for corporations? What international efforts are being made to fight bribery and corruption? What are the effects of the FCPA on the global economy and civil society?
This year’s Ohio State Law Journal Symposium will convene top government officials, leading academics, and experienced practitioners to discuss the many aspects of the FCPA.
Editor-in-Chief: Jaci Wilkening
Symposium Editor: Katie Linehan
Symposium Faculty Advisor: Daniel Chow
The FCPA in the News
- DOJ FCPA Unit Chief Charles Duross at the Ohio State Law Journal’s Symposium (March 2012)
- 2011 Was a Banner Year for FCPA Enforcements and Trials (January 6, 2012)
- The Big Test for FCPA’s Foreign Official Definition (January 3, 2012)
- The 2011 White Collar Crime Awards (December 30, 2011)
- Feds Charge Former Siemens Executives with Bribery (December 13, 2011)
- What FCPA Defendants Can Learn from Blockbuster Lindsey Win (December 5, 2011)
- More FCPA Cases, More Focus on Individuals’ Books-and-Records Violations, Lawyers Warn (November 1, 2011)
- A Transnational Approach to Anti-Corruption Compliance (October 4, 2011)
- Chadbourne FCPA Study Reveals Six-Year Trend in Anti-Corruption Enforcement Against Individuals (October 4, 2011)
- News Corp.’s U.K. Actions Under Scrutiny in U.S. (September 27, 2011)
- Impact of Foreign Anti-Corruption Campaigns (September 23, 2011)
- Goldman Chief, Executives Hire Outside Lawyers Amid Probes (August 23, 2011)
- Executives Worry About Corruption Risks: Survey (September 15, 2011)
- U.S. Inquiry of Drug Makers is Widened (August 13, 2010)
- KBR, Halliburton Agree to $579M Fine for Nigeria Bribes (February 12, 2009)
- Corruption Charges: Siemens to Pay U.S. $800M (December 15, 2008)
- U.S. Seeks Tighter U.K. Laws After Saudi Case (May 2, 2007)
The Ohio State Law Journal would like to do everything within its power to satisfy the needs of each Symposium participant. Please inform us of any special accommodation requests at (614) 292-6829 or by emailing Katie Linehan, Symposium Editor.