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Go Back To “School” This January At The FCPA Institute – Miami

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

FCPA InstituteLearning a new topic or elevating your knowledge and practical skills in a topic is not just for formal students in formal educational settings. Professionals in the workplace can benefit from back to “school” moments as well.  For professionals in the FCPA space – or wishing to join the FCPA space – the FCPA Institute serves this objective.

Begin 2015 by elevating your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills in Miami, Florida at the FCPA Institute on January 12th-13th.  The FCPA Institute – Miami also provides participants the opportunity to earn CLE credit as well as a value-added professional credential.

The FCPA Institute is different than a typical FCPA conference.  At the FCPA Institute, information is presented in an integrated and cohesive manner by an expert instructor with FCPA practice and teaching experience.

Moreover, the FCPA Institute promotes active learning by participants through issue-spotting video exercises, skills exercises, small-group discussions and the sharing of real-world practices and experiences. To best facilitate the unique learning experience that the FCPA Institute represents, attendance at each FCPA Institute is capped at 30 participants.

In short, the FCPA Institute elevates the FCPA learning experience for a diverse group of professionals and is offered as a refreshing and cost-effective alternative to a typical FCPA conference. The goal of the FCPA Institute is simple: to develop and enhance fundamental skills relevant to the FCPA, FCPA enforcement, and FCPA compliance best practices in a stimulating and professional environment with a focus on learning.

The FCPA Institute presents the FCPA not merely as a legal issue, but also as a business, finance, accounting, and auditing issue. The FCPA Institute is thus ideal for a diverse group of professionals such as in-house and outside counsel; compliance professionals; finance, accounting, and auditing professionals; and others seeking sophisticated knowledge and enhanced skills relevant to the FCPA.

Click here to see what these diverse professionals are saying about the FCPA Institute.

FCPA Institute participants not only gain knowledge, practical skills and peer insight, but will also have their knowledge assessed and can earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool. In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development.  In addition, attorneys who complete the FCPA Institute are also eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credits.  (The FCPA Institute – Miami has been approved for 15 general CLE credits in Florida and 13.5 general CLE credits in Georgia.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states as well).

Join other firm lawyers, in-house counsel, auditing professionals and others already registered for the FCPA Institute – Miami by clicking here to register.

FCPA Institute – Miami (January 12-13, 2015)

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

FCPA InstituteBegin 2015 by elevating your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills in Miami, Florida at the FCPA Institute on January 12th-13th.  The FCPA Institute – Miami also provides participants the opportunity to earn CLE credit as well as a value-added professional credential.

The FCPA Institute is different than a typical FCPA conference.  At the FCPA Institute, information is presented in an integrated and cohesive manner by an expert instructor with FCPA practice and teaching experience.

Moreover, the FCPA Institute promotes active learning by participants through issue-spotting video exercises, skills exercises, small-group discussions and the sharing of real-world practices and experiences. To best facilitate the unique learning experience that the FCPA Institute represents, attendance at each FCPA Institute is capped at 30 participants.

In short, the FCPA Institute elevates the FCPA learning experience for a diverse group of professionals and is offered as a refreshing and cost-effective alternative to a typical FCPA conference. The goal of the FCPA Institute is simple: to develop and enhance fundamental skills relevant to the FCPA, FCPA enforcement, and FCPA compliance best practices in a stimulating and professional environment with a focus on learning.

The FCPA Institute presents the FCPA not merely as a legal issue, but also as a business, finance, accounting, and auditing issue. The FCPA Institute is thus ideal for a diverse group of professionals such as in-house and outside counsel; compliance professionals; finance, accounting, and auditing professionals; and others seeking sophisticated knowledge and enhanced skills relevant to the FCPA.

Click here to see what these diverse professionals are saying about the FCPA Institute.

FCPA Institute participants not only gain knowledge, practical skills and peer insight, but will also have their knowledge assessed and can earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool. In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development.  In addition, attorneys who complete the FCPA Institute are also eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credits.  (The FCPA Institute – Miami has been approved for 15 general CLE credits in Florida and 13.5 general CLE credits in Georgia.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states as well).

Join other firm lawyers, in-house counsel, auditing professionals and others already registered for the FCPA Institute – Miami by clicking here to register.

The FCPA And Compliance In The Classroom

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

FCPA in the ClassroomThis recent FCPA Blog post suggested “law schools, as far as we know, haven’t caught on to the great employment prospects for compliance professionals” and that “aside from a few isolated examples, the concept of training students to be compliance officers hasn’t taken root in the law schools’ curricula.”

In the heartland, at Southern Illinois University School of Law, the FCPA and compliance skills are  part of the educational experience.  I have been teaching for two years a specific course I developed regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FCPA enforcement and FCPA compliance.  It is one of the only law school courses of its kind in the country.  (See here for media coverage of the class).

The learning objectives for the course include the following:

  • understanding the events and policy reasons that motivated Congress to enact the FCPA and what Congress intended to capture in enacting the FCPA;
  • appreciating the root causes of why companies often become the subject of FCPA scrutiny as well as the typical origins of FCPA enforcement actions;
  • gaining a comprehensive understanding of the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions and books and records and internal controls provisions, including the ability to identify legal risk through real-world issue-spotting videos;
  • understanding the FCPA’s many ripples such as how actual FCPA enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice and/or the Securities Exchange Commission are often just one consequence of FCPA scrutiny or enforcement, as well as exploring other negative legal and financial consequences that often result from FCPA scrutiny or enforcement;
  • going beyond the FCPA and understanding other U.S. laws (such as the Travel Act) and certain foreign laws (such as the U.K. Bribery Act) relevant to conducting business in the global marketplace;
  • gaining practical FCPA compliance skills including the ability to conduct an FCPA risk assessment and to develop FCPA compliance policies tailored to unique risk profiles;
  • gaining insight into FCPA Inc. as a niche and vibrant industry full of career opportunities;
  • analyzing various other legal and policy issues associated with the FCPA, FCPA enforcement and FCPA compliance;
  • assessing whether the FCPA and FCPA enforcement policies are best achieving the objectives of the FCPA or whether FCPA reform is warranted.

While the course is about a specific statute, its enforcement, and compliance strategies, learning objectives also include:

  • how business organizations operate in the global marketplace and various realities of the global marketplace; and
  • DOJ and SEC enforcement policies and resolution vehicles relevant to both business organizations and individuals including related resolution dynamics.

During the course, students engage with FCPA practitioners and in-house counsel with FCPA and other compliance responsibilities.

In terms of assessing accomplishment of the learning objectives, students prepare client memos on a specific FCPA enforcement action and the capstone writing assignment for the class is conducting a comprehensive risk assessment of a real company and suggesting pro-active compliance policies and procedures designed to minimize risk.

In short, the FCPA and compliance is being taught in the classroom and I am confident in saying that the students who have taken the above class know more about the FCPA, FCPA enforcement and FCPA compliance than most any other law students in America.

I encourage anyone looking for FCPA and compliance talent to give these students an opportunity to put these skills to use.  If you are interested in connecting with my students for internship or job opportunities, please e-mail me at fcpaprofessor@gmail.com

FCPA Institute – Miami

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

FCPA InstituteBegin 2015 by elevating your FCPA knowledge and practical skills in Miami, Florida at the FCPA Institute on January 12th-13th.

At a typical FCPA conference, participants are a face in the crowd and information is conveyed in a disjointed fashion by dozens of speakers appearing on multiple panels with little opportunity for actual engagement by participants.

The FCPA Institute is different as information is presented in an integrated and cohesive manner by an expert instructor with FCPA practice and teaching experience. Moreover, the FCPA Institute promotes active learning by participants through issue-spotting video exercises, skills exercises, small-group discussions and the sharing of real-world practices and experiences.

To best facilitate the unique learning experience that the FCPA Institute represents, attendance at each FCPA Institute is capped at 30 participants.

In short, the FCPA Institute elevates the FCPA learning experience for a diverse group of professionals and is offered as a refreshing and cost-effective alternative to a typical FCPA conference. The goal of the FCPA Institute is simple: to develop and enhance fundamental skills relevant to the FCPA, FCPA enforcement, and FCPA compliance best practices in a stimulating and professional environment with a focus on learning.

The FCPA Institute presents the FCPA not merely as a legal issue, but also as a business, finance, accounting, and auditing issue. The FCPA Institute is thus ideal for a diverse group of professionals such as in-house and outside counsel; compliance professionals; finance, accounting, and auditing professionals; and others seeking sophisticated knowledge and enhanced skills relevant to the FCPA. Click here to see what these diverse professionals are saying about the FCPA Institute.

FCPA Institute participants not only gain knowledge, practical skills and peer insight, but will also have their knowledge assessed and can earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool. In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development.

Click here to register for the FCPA Institute – Miami.

Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit for the FCPA Institute – Miami has been applied for and is pending in Florida and Georgia. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states as well.

Free FCPA Essentials Webinar With Continuing Education Credit – October 22nd

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

In conjunction with Emtrain (an innovative compliance training company with whom I offer a best-in-class online Global Anti-Bribery Course for business organizations), I will be offering a free “FCPA Essentials” webinar on Wednesday October 22nd (2 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. PT).

The webinar will help attendees

  • Understand the basics of the FCPA
  • Understand the common root causes of FCPA scrutiny & enforcement
  • Learn how to minimize FCPA scrutiny through risk assessments
  • Create uniquely tailored compliance training policies & procedures

This webinar has been certified for 1 hour of continuing education for HRCI, MCLE and CE. Attendees will also receive direct access to Emtrain’s anti-bribery videos to use in their own live training or corporate communications.