In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month, with links to primary resources. For our first installment of 2016, we ask: Which countries fared the best and worst in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index? Which OECD member country was the latest to issue guidance on effective compliance programs? What penalties did individuals and companies convicted of anti-bribery offenses in the United States, Brazil, and the UK receive? The answers to these questions and more are here in the January 2016 Top Ten list.
Chuck Duross, who leads the firm’s global anti-corruption practice, advises clients on white-collar criminal matters, including internal corporate investigations, compliance counseling, due diligence regarding third parties and business transactions, and defense of clients before government enforcement agencies. Mr. Duross has overseen Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations relating to business in more than 50 countries and has a proven track record in the courtroom in high-profile, high-stakes trials. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Duross served as a Deputy Chief in the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he led the FCPA Unit and was in charge of all of the DOJ’s FCPA investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the United States. More ›
James Koukios is an experienced trial attorney and former federal prosecutor who has tried over 20 federal jury cases, including serving as the lead prosecutor in two landmark FCPA-related trials, United States v. Esquenazi and United States v. Duperval. Among his other notable cases, Mr. Koukios was a lead prosecutor in United States v. AEY, Inc., et al., a defense procurement fraud case featured on the front page of The New York Times. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal and related matters, including compliance counseling, transactional due diligence, internal corporate investigations, and government enforcement actions. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Koukios served as the Senior Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that role, he supervised investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the Fraud Section’s FCPA, Health Care Fraud and Securities and Financial Fraud Units. More ›