If you’ve done what Mike Koehler has over the past several months you would be, well, tired. The whirlwind began last September when the assistant professor of business law and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) expert hosted the World Bribery and Corruption Compliance Forum in London. In November, Koehler testified before the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. More recently, he’s been the leading expert on the FCPA-related implications of the unfolding News Corporation scandal. At last tally, Koehler had been quoted in over 500 articles and television stories from outlets around the world, including live interviews on CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera.
“Anytime there is an FCPA enforcement action, I am frequently contacted by journalists,” he said. “In addition, with the increase in FCPA enforcement over the past few years, many journalists are interested in the “why” question and other related aspects of this new era of FCPA enforcement.”
Koehler’s experience with FCPA began more than 10 years ago while he was an attorney at a private law firm in Milwaukee, Wis. There he traveled around the world conducting FCPA internal investigations and assisting clients in reducing FCPA risk exposure. In 2009, he began his academic career, joining Butler’s College of Business that August. In connection with his new career, he launched FCPA Professor a forum devoted to FCPA that has been touted as a top law blog by LexisNexis (2010) and Corporate Counsel (2011).
While Koehler doesn’t know what’s next for him in terms of his work with FCPA, he says he’s ready for anything. “The fun thing about the game of life is unexpected opportunities that present themselves. I will continue to work hard and offer candid and objective analysis that will hopefully be of value to the business and legal communities, policy makers and others.”
Media contact: Courtney Tuell