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FCPA Whistleblowers2020-07-31T19:37:13+00:00

International Whistleblower Attorneys Helping FCPA Whistleblowers Combat Corruption

The whistleblower attorneys at Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto are committed to working with FCPA whistleblowers, international NGOs and responsive government officials to combat corruption and promote transparency by using powerful tools, those contained in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Although corruption is a significant problem in the United States, there are nations and regions where corruption is pervasive, and its corrosive impact on the public interest is devastating.

The whistleblower attorneys at Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto believe that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is currently the single most important legal tool enhancing international whistleblower protection. In 2010, as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, whistleblowers obtained protections for raising allegations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. As amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s power to protect whistleblowers and combat corruption is genuinely remarkable.

The law allows whistleblowers to receive an award between 10 and 30 percent of the total amount recovered by the government if a successful enforcement action follows their disclosures. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act allows whistleblowers to file their claims anonymously in the U.S., thereby evading the threat of retaliation. Furthermore, the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provisions protect employees who work in the United States and blow the whistle on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

Currently the attorneys at Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto are representing many of the most important FCPA whistleblowers worldwide, including the whistleblowers from Greece who reported bribery by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis. All of the firm’s FCPA whistleblowers are anonymous, and most of whom are non-U.S. citizens. The whistleblower law firm’s clients have reported bribery, illegal frauds, falsification of company records, securities violations and commodity manipulations in every continent on earth, expect for Antarctica.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I live outside the US? Can I still hire an experienced FCPA whistleblower attorney?2020-05-22T16:01:12+00:00

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto (KKC) has many international whistleblower clients who file FCPA cases. KKC currently represents an individual who is responsible for uncovering what many experts say is the largest money laundering scandal in banking history.

Can whistleblowers file their claims anonymously under the FCPA?2020-05-22T16:00:07+00:00

Yes. In order to file an anonymous reward claim you must first hire an attorney. The attorney collects the information from the whistleblower and then files the claim on behalf of the whistleblower to either the SEC or the CFTC. The SEC/CFTC knows who the attorney is, but not the identity of the whistleblower. This way, the whistleblower’s identity can remain protected throughout the investigation. Because U.S. anti-retaliation laws are difficult (if not impossible) to enforce in a foreign country, international whistleblowers are strongly advised to take advantage of the confidential provisions permitted in FCPA cases.

Can non-U.S. citizens obtain whistleblower rewards?2020-05-22T15:58:00+00:00

Non-U.S. citizens have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in whistleblower rewards and are fully eligible to participate in all of the major reward programs, including those covering tax frauds, money laundering, securities or commodities frauds, foreign bribery, and fraud in government contracting or procurement

What if I live outside the US? Can I still hire an experienced whistleblower attorney from Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto?2020-04-23T15:53:29+00:00

Yes. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto (KKC) has many international whistleblower clients who file FCPA cases. KKC currently represents an individual who is responsible for uncovering what many experts say is the largest money laundering scandal in banking history.

How much does an FCPA/International law firm cost?2020-04-23T15:52:43+00:00

Many whistleblower attorneys work for a “contingency” fee. If the whistleblower loses his or her case, they do not owe the attorney any money. If the whistleblower wins the case, they will generally owe the attorney 33-40% of the money earned.

What types of cases do FCPA/International law firms deal with?2020-04-23T15:52:00+00:00

Experienced Whistleblower law firms that deal with FCPA cases should also be well versed in other anticorruption laws, such as tax evasion, money laundering, and foreign bribery. Often times, clients who live overseas file U.S. reward law cases, as these laws have broad transnational application and are far stronger than any laws in Europe or elsewhere.

Who qualifies to be an FCPA/International whistleblower?2020-04-23T15:51:21+00:00

U.S. citizens and foreign nationals can qualify for whistleblower rewards under the FCPA. International whistleblowers who disclose violations of anticorruption and bribery laws have been issued millions of dollars by the U.S. government.

What is the procedure for filing a FCPA whistleblower case?2020-04-23T15:50:42+00:00

The filing process for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals is identical. The cases must be filed either with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and follow the procedural rules of those agencies.

How does whistleblowing under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) work?2020-05-22T15:58:36+00:00

Whistleblowers can obtain monetary awards for disclosing violations anticorruption laws, primarily the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This law covers the payment of anything of “value” to a foreign government official to secure a “business advantage.” The law prohibits bribes paid by U.S. persons, but defines who is a U.S. person very broadly. the definition includes subsidiaries of U.S. companies, any company that sells shares in a U.S. stock exchange, foreign companies that trade on international stock exchanges but permit U.S. persons to buy their stocks through the “ADR” process, and companies that trade on the international commodities markets.

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