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Anything of value really means anything

Tom Fox | January 24, 2017

In 2016, the question of what was meant by the term in the FCPA “anything of value” was soundly settled. From the February VimpelCom resolution to the “Sons and Daughters” hiring cases of Qualcomm and JPMorgan Chase, regulators pushed the meaning of the term “anything of value” to literally just that: “anything.” In VimpelCom, the SEC alleged that the company violated the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions by donating approximately $500,000 to the foreign official’s charities, even if none of the money benefited the foreign official ,who otherwise received remuneration. There was no evidence, however,  this benefited the foreign official involved.

Even more striking were the Qualcomm and JPMorgan Chase hiring cases. They joined the Bank of New York Mellon from 2015 as the three FCPA enforcement actions involved in the hiring of family members of foreign officials or employees of state-owned enterprises. The benefit in each case was the hiring of a family member, but no benefit...

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