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When FCPA whistleblowers decide to come forward with information of foreign bribery, money laundering, or corruption, they choose our experienced firm to help represent them and file for rewards.

Since 1988, our FCPA whistleblower lawyers have represented anti-corruption whistleblowers in some of the largest cases in history, including Danske Bank whistleblower Howard Wilkinson, who exposed a $230 billion money-laundering scheme. And in 2020, an anonymous Greek whistleblower who proved that the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis paid millions in bribes to illegally market drugs in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Whistleblowers who are serious about hiring a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act whistleblower lawyer to help represent them in cases of corruption, such as money laundering or bribery to foreign officials, should contact our firm for legal assistance. Whistleblower protection and awards may also be available – ranging between 10 and 30 percent of the sanctions collected, depending how original, timely, and credible the information provided. The quicker a whistleblower takes action, the greater the chances are that they receive protection and awards.

Our FCPA law firm also works with numerous international whistleblowing partners, NGOs, and government officials to help improve anti-corruption laws and promote transparency worldwide. This public interest advocacy and dedication to the international whistleblower community is what separates us from every other firm on earth – we fight and support all whistleblowers.

Both U.S. and international anti-corruption whistleblowers may come forward and apply for protection and awards under the SEC and CFTC whistleblower reward programs. Get in touch with one of our FCPA whistleblower attorneys today for a free case evaluation.

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  • September 1, 2022

    On August 30, Stephen M. Kohn returned to the Meridian International Center as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Kohn, founding partner of Kohn, Kohn, and Colapinto and Chairman of the Board at the National Whistleblower Center, was welcomed by representatives from Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Participants held a range of distinguished positions in their respective countries, from Director of Information and Communication to Cabinet Director for the Attorney General. Kohn provided an overview of whistleblower reward provisions available under U.S. law to international citizens. Keying in on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Kohn explained how and why this law works, and its ability to support whistleblowers across the world. The FCPA gives the U.S. government eyes and ears in every corner of the international sphere, generating inside sources who witness corruption firsthand. “Fraud is designed to be secret,” Kohn said. “The entire program is designed to incentivize insiders with valuable information to come forward. “ In many countries represented by the IVLP delegates, whistleblowers are at risk. Retaliation, harassment, and personal harm are not uncommon. Kohn explained the chilling effect on whistleblowing that occurs when the public witnesses the harsh backlash a whistleblower may face, and how that can be avoided when U.S. laws are utilized to guarantee confidentiality and anonymity for an informant. The National Director ...

  • June 29, 2022

    On June 28, leading whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn addressed over 15 international delegates at the Meridian International Center’s speaker series on Transparency and Accountability in Government. The attendees came from Nepal, Israel, Bangladesh, Estonia, Guyana, Brazil, Hungary, Vietnam, Slovakia, Kenya, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Italy, and Rwanda as part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. “I am always very appreciative of being able to speak to an international group,” Kohn opened, “mostly because our laws and mechanisms for accountability and transparency are fairly unique, but open for transnational application. So, what sometimes looks like a uniquely American program has been effectively used in every single country where it's been implemented.” Kohn, founding partner of Kohn, Kohn, & Colapinto LLP and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center, has exclusively worked with whistleblowers since he began practicing in 1984. Citing evidence collected by the United States Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Transparency International, and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Kohn presented the international delegates with an overview of American laws and programs that can protect and serve whistleblowers worldwide. When explaining the uniqueness of corruption-related crimes, Kohn explained how they are often much harder to detect than other criminal acts. That is why company or government insiders are extremely valuable tools, and prosecutors should work with these whistleblowers to get the most ...

  • January 27, 2022

    The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is teaming up with leading voices in whistleblower protection in an upcoming virtual panel. On February 17th, IACA’s “Whistleblower Protection in Action: How to Shield Workplace Witnesses from Retaliation” event will educate viewers on “many time-tested tactics to best protect employees, while ensuring their reports of misconduct are properly investigated and remedied,” according to event hosts. Kohn, Kohn, and Colapinto founding partner Stephen M. Kohn will be joined by Boris Vukasinovic, Deputy Director the Montenegro Agency for Prevention of Corruption, as the two headlining speakers. Mark Worth from the European Center for Whistleblower Rights will be moderating. "New whistleblower laws are being passed all over the world, but attorneys and activists need real-life skills to fight back against witness retaliation,” Worth said. “There's a lot more to winning than knowing the law. We'll share our successful techniques." Kohn, the most published author on whistleblower law, will speak on the importance of taking measures that diminish the chance of employer retribution. “Retaliation against whistleblowers creates a massive chilling effect on people willing to report corruption,” Kohn said. “When people know their rights, the chance of blowing the whistle without vengeance increases dramatically. The key to success is making sure citizens, as well the public officials in charge of whistleblower protection, understand how these rights work in real-life situations. This course is essential to achieve this success." “If you deal with whistleblowers, work on ...

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Frequently Asked Questions

The FCPA is jointly enforced by the DOJ and SEC, who may bring civil enforcement actions against issuers and their officers, directors, employees, stockholders, and/or agents for violations of the anti-bribery or accounting provisions of the FCPA. The CFTC has also made it clear that corrupt payments and more sophisticated commodities frauds, may also be in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”).

FCPA violations can appear as bribes to gain business, failure to upkeep proper books and financial records, falsification of company records, market manipulation, and other securities and commodities violations. For a full list of violations, please read The Ultimate Guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The Dodd-Frank Act created the first rewards programs for anonymous whistleblowers, covering both commodity and securities frauds. To be anonymous, whistleblowers must retain a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act whistleblower lawyer to file Form TCR (“Tips, Complaints and Referrals”) on their behalf. Please note, to qualify for an award, the corruption being reported to the SEC or CFTC must result in monetary sanctions in excess of $1 million.

Employees of State-owned or controlled agencies are considered foreign officials according to the FCPA. However, broadly speaking, a foreign official is anyone controlled by the government of a foreign country that performs a function the controlling government treats as its own.