Kristine Robidoux

Kristine Robidoux, QC, is a partner in Gowlings’ Calgary office, where she practises in the area of white collar defence, internal investigations, corporate risk and compliance. A member of the firm’s White Collar Defence and Investigations Group, Kris has broad general criminal defence as well as white collar defence experience, representing corporations, boards of directors,…

Layne Christensen Settles Without Guilt – Offering Lessons to CCOs Everywhere

Guest Entry by Julie DiMauro Drilling firm Layne Christensen Co. agreed to pay almost $5.1 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying bribes to foreign officials in several African countries, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on October 27. The settlement was less than half of…

Global compliance resources and anti-corruption agreements

Guest entry by Julie DiMauro There are many active, multilateral anti-corruption agreements drafted and updated by non-governmental organizations, many of them global in membership, that speak out against corruption. Some of the conventions and voluntary agreements will be familiar to most readers, while others may be new. Three of the major ones (listed below) will be…

Implementing FCPA best practices across your supply chain

Guest entry by Julie DiMauro Companies understand the importance of strong vendor-compliance programs, but costly enforcement actions stemming from supply-chain mismanagement and advice from regulators on the topic have not compelled every company to implement best practices in this area. Modern enterprises increasingly must rely on others for their success, thanks to the global demand for…

FCPA Enforcement’s Latin American Specialists

Guest entry by Matteson Ellis More than any other FCPA enforcement office in the United States, Miami’s DOJ and SEC teams have developed a specialization in Latin America. They work cases like Alcatel, Stryker, Ralph Lauren, and Direct Access Partners, each with an important Latin American component. They benefit from language capabilities in Spanish, Portuguese, and…

Clearing Out the Attic of My Mind: Notes From ACI's 8th National Forum on ERISA Litigation

by Stephen D. Rosenberg, originally published on http://www.bostonerisalaw.com/ With all due apologies to longtime Globe sports columnist Dan Shaugnessy, who would periodically “clean out his desk” by running a column of short bits he had collected, here’s a list, in no particular order, of interesting (to me, anyway) items I took away from ACI’s excellent 8th National Forum…

Anti-Corruption Compliance Risk in Argentina

Expert article by Pedro Serrano Espelta and Gustavo Luis Morales Oliver. Originally published on marval.com.ar in June 2013. Republished with the permission of Pedro Serrano Espelta. Brazil enacted Law No. 12,489 which sanctions acts of corporate corruption occurring abroad. This new law follows the trend of the US FCPA, the UK Bribery Act, and other…

The business case for inter partes review of patents by generic pharma

Expert article by Joseph E. Cwik on May 27, 2014. Originally published on Healthcare Law Insights, reposted with the permission of Joseph E. Cwik. Several parts of the America Invents Act (the “AIA”) became law on Sept. 16, 2012, sparking some of the most meaningful changes to patent law seen in decades. One hot provision…

Husch Blackwell leads the charge in first inter partes review wins against pharmaceutical-related patents

Expert article by Joseph E. Cwik and Josh Nosal on July 2, 2014. Originally published on Healthcare Law Insights, reposted with the permission of Joseph E. Cwik. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first final written decisions June 20, 2014, in four inter partes reviews (IPR) of pharmaceutical-related patents. The four decisions…

My view: FCPA compliance programs help mitigate risk in Latin America

Expert Guest Entry by Matthew Feeley, Originally Published on Miami Herald. Recently, as the World Cup captured the attention of sports fans around the world, host country Brazil was also busy receiving interest from companies seeking opportunities there. Before a U.S. company sets up shop in that or any other Latin American country, it must…

Corruption, Regime Change & Risk

Expert Guest Entry by Richard Bistrong, Originally Published on http://www.richardbistrong.com   Recently, I have been reading and blogging on a number of different papers, guides and articles that deal with the challenges of foreign bribery and third party intermediaries. While each work has been interesting, compelling and relevant, there are some common elements that warrant further…

Brazil’s New Anti-Bribery Law

Expert Guest Entry by Carlos  Ayres , Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil In order to comply with international agreements for combating bribery to which Brazil is a signatory, the country has passed a new anti-bribery law (12.846/2013). The new law, which came into force on January 29, 2014, imposes civil and administrative liability on…