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Elevate Your FCPA Knowledge And Practical Skills At The FCPA Institute – Houston

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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.

You can elevate your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills in Houston, Texas at the FCPA Institute on May 4th – 5th.  The FCPA Institute – Houston 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 can also elect to 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.

Join other firm lawyers, in-house counsel, accounting and auditing professionals and others who have already “graduated” from the FCPA Institute.

You can register for the FCPA Institute – Houston by clicking here.

Are You An FCPA Contender Or Pretender?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Contender or PretenderMarch Madness has arrived and over the next few weeks college basketball’s contenders will rise to the top over the pretenders. Sure, a cinderella team or two may emerge – after all anything can happen in 40 minutes of basketball – but the teams that make it to the Final Four will likely share the following traits: poise, discipline, focus and a bend-but-don’t-break attitude.

In the spirit of the season ask yourself – are you a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act contender or pretender?

An FCPA contender has a firm understanding of why the FCPA was enacted and is well-versed in FCPA legislative history.  If you do not know the story of the FCPA, it is here.

An FCPA contender has actually read the FCPA statute.  If you have not, it can be found here (in 50 different languages).

An FCPA contender has read every substantive FCPA judicial decision, after all there are not that many.  If you have not read, at a minimum, the following cases you have some work to do: U.S. v. Liebo, U.S. v. Esquenazi, U.S. v. Carson, U.S. v. Lindsey Manufacturing, SEC v. Straub, SEC v. Steffen, U.S. v. Kay, SEC v. Mattson, U.S. v. Bourke, SEC v. Jackson, U.S. v. Castle, and SEC v. World-Wide Coin.

An FCPA contender has studied every FCPA enforcement action.  If you have not done so, all DOJ FCPA enforcement actions can be found here and all SEC FCPA enforcement actions can be found here.

An FCPA contender has reviewed other information and sources of guidance relevant to the FCPA such as the SEC’s 1981 guidance concerning the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions (here), the DOJ’s and SEC’s 2012 FCPA Guidance (here) and DOJ FCPA Opinion Procedure Releases (here).

An FCPA contender recognizes how foreign trade barriers and distortions are often the root causes of bribery and why the absolutist position of “just don’t bribe” is an uniformed fallacy and why even good, ethically sound companies are often the subject of FCPA enforcement or scrutiny.

An FCPA contender understands how FCPA enforcement or merely FCPA scrutiny has many ripple effects (see here).

An FCPA contender is well-versed on FCPA compliance best practices and benchmarking metrics such as the FCPA Guidance, the DOJ’s Principles of Prosecution of Business Organizations, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and the OECD Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics, and Compliance.

In this season of contenders vs. pretenders, commit to being an FCPA contender. The above sources of information are not meant to be exhaustive, but rather comprise a solid core of FCPA legal authority as well as other sources of information or knowledge.

Elevate Your FCPA Knowledge And Practical Skills At The FCPA Institute – Houston

Monday, March 16th, 2015

FCPA InstituteA recent reader e-mail stated – I am from Mexico and want to learn more about the FCPA, do you “give any face-to-face training or courses”?

Another recent reader e-mail stated – “I am looking to transition to an FCPA practice.  I am trying to learn more, do you have any recommendation where to start”?

The answer to both questions is yes.

It is called the FCPA Institute and it is the most refreshing and cost-effective FCPA learning experience available for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills.

Here is what prior FCPA Institute participants had to say about their experience.

  • “Unlike other FCPA conferences where one leaves with a spinning head and unanswered questions, I left the FCPA Institute with a firm understanding of the nuts and bolts of the FCPA, the ability to spot issues, and knowledge of where resources can be found that offer guidance in resolving an issue.  The limited class size of the FCPA Institute ensured that all questions were answered and the interactive discussion among other compliance professionals was fantastic.” (Rob Foster, In-House Counsel, Oil and Gas Company)
  • “The FCPA Institute is very different than other FCPA conferences and seminars I have attended.  It was interactive, engaging, thought-provoking and at the completion of the Institute I left feeling like I had really learned something new and useful for my job.  The FCPA Institute is a must-attend for all compliance folks (in-house or external).” (Robert Wieck, CPA, CIA, CFE – Forensic Audit Senior Manager, Oracle Corporation)
  • The FCPA Institute is a top-flight conference that offers an insightful, comprehensive review of the FCPA enforcement landscape.  Professor Koehler’s focus on developing practical skills in an intimate setting really sets it apart from other FCPA conferences.  One of the best features of the FCPA Institute is its diversity of participants and the ability to learn alongside in-house counsel, company executives and finance professionals.  (Blair Albom, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton)
  • “The FCPA Institute was a professionally enriching experience and substantially increased my understanding of the FCPA and its enforcement. Professor Koehler’s extensive insight and practical experience lends a unique view to analyzing enforcement actions and learning compliance best practices. I highly recommend the FCPA Institute to practitioners from all career stages.” (Sherbir Panag, MZM Legal, Mumbia, India)
  • “The FCPA Institute provided an in-depth look into the various forces that have shaped, and that are shaping, FCPA enforcement.  The diverse group of participants provided unique insight into how, at a practical level, various professionals evaluate risk and deal with FCPA issues on a day-to-day basis.  The small group setting, the interactive nature of the event, and the skills assessment test all set the FCPA Institute apart from other FCPA conferences or panel-based events.” (John Turlais, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner)
The next FCPA Institute will be in Houston on May 4th – 5th and will provide participants the opportunity to earn CLE credit as well as a value-added professional credential.

As highlighted by the above comments, 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.

FCPA Institute participants not only gain knowledge, practical skills and peer insight, but can also elect to have their knowledge assessed and 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 may be eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credits. (King & Spalding LLP, the sponsor of the FCPA Institute – Houston, will be seeking CLE credit in CA, GA, NY, TX and if needed in NC and VA.  Actual CLE credit will be determined at the end of the program based on actual program time. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states as well).

Click here to register for the FCPA Institute – Houston to elevate your FCPA knowledge and practical skills.

Go Back To “School” At The FCPA Institute – Houston

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

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.

You can elevate your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills in Houston, Texas at the FCPA Institute on May 4th – 5th.  The FCPA Institute – Houston 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 can also elect to 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.

Join other firm lawyers, in-house counsel, accounting and auditing professionals and others who have already “graduated” from the FCPA Institute.

You can register for the FCPA Institute – Houston by clicking here.

FCPA Institute – Houston (May 4th – 5th)

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

FCPA InstituteElevate your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills in Houston at the FCPA Institute on May 4th – 5th.  The FCPA Institute – Houston 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.

Here is what diverse FCPA Institute participants had to say about their FCPA Institute experience.

  • “Unlike other FCPA conferences where one leaves with a spinning head and unanswered questions, I left the FCPA Institute with a firm understanding of the nuts and bolts of the FCPA, the ability to spot issues, and knowledge of where resources can be found that offer guidance in resolving an issue.  The limited class size of the FCPA Institute ensured that all questions were answered and the interactive discussion among other compliance professionals was fantastic.” (Rob Foster, In-House Counsel, Oil and Gas Company)
  • “The FCPA Institute is very different than other FCPA conferences and seminars I have attended.  It was interactive, engaging, thought-provoking and at the completion of the Institute I left feeling like I had really learned something new and useful for my job.  The FCPA Institute is a must-attend for all compliance folks (in-house or external).” (Robert Wieck, CPA, CIA, CFE – Forensic Audit Senior Manager, Oracle Corporation)
  • The FCPA Institute is a top-flight conference that offers an insightful, comprehensive review of the FCPA enforcement landscape.  Professor Koehler’s focus on developing practical skills in an intimate setting really sets it apart from other FCPA conferences.  One of the best features of the FCPA Institute is its diversity of participants and the ability to learn alongside in-house counsel, company executives and finance professionals.  (Blair Albom, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton)
  • “The FCPA Institute was a professionally enriching experience and substantially increased my understanding of the FCPA and its enforcement. Professor Koehler’s extensive insight and practical experience lends a unique view to analyzing enforcement actions and learning compliance best practices. I highly recommend the FCPA Institute to practitioners from all career stages.” (Sherbir Panag, MZM Legal, Mumbia, India)
  • “The FCPA Institute provided an in-depth look into the various forces that have shaped, and that are shaping, FCPA enforcement.  The diverse group of participants provided unique insight into how, at a practical level, various professionals evaluate risk and deal with FCPA issues on a day-to-day basis.  The small group setting, the interactive nature of the event, and the skills assessment test all set the FCPA Institute apart from other FCPA conferences or panel-based events.” (John Turlais, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner)

FCPA Institute participants not only gain knowledge, practical skills and peer insight, but can also elect to have their knowledge assessed and 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 may be eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credits. (King & Spalding LLP, the sponsor of the FCPA Institute – Houston, will be seeking CLE credit in CA, GA, NY, TX and if needed in NC and VA.  Actual CLE credit will be determined at the end of the program based on actual program time. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states as well).

Click here to register for the FCPA Institute – Houston.