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This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC continued Operation Shell-Expel this week, suspending trading in the shares of 128 OTC issuers bringing its total for the program to about 8% of the shares traded in that market. The Commission also announced another...more

Sentencing of CEO Highlights Importance of a Good "Tone at the Top"

Highlighting the peril of unethical business leadership, a judge recently sentenced the former CEO of a bankrupt cash-management firm to 14 years in prison for defrauding more than 70 customers of more than $665 million...more

"UK Executives Sentenced for Bribing Foreign Government Officials"

On February 12, two executives of Smith & Ouzman Limited, an English printing company, were sentenced for corruption offenses following a trial brought by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The chairman, aged 71, received...more

Jail for UK directors and corporate sentencing to come

The prosecution of Smith and Ouzman Ltd. for bribery is winding to a close, with the sentencing of two directors of the company for corruption....more

Never Let Them See You Coming—Keys to Setting Up Witnesses Interviews In An Internal Investigation

“So you are the great lawyer I’ve been told about!  But, you are so young!  I was expecting an old lawyer.” With those words, the silver-haired senior-level executive of the customs broker I was investigating for bribery let...more

Personal Benefit Required Under Misappropriation Theory of Insider Trading

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. rejected the argument by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to limit the Second Circuit’s decision in United States v. Newman to classical...more

Department Of Justice Emphasizes Expectation That Corporations Cooperate In The Prosecution Of Company Executives

The Justice Department continues to send the strong signal that it is looking to charge senior executives of companies. At a conference this week in London, senior Justice Department official Deputy Assistant Attorney General...more

This Is One Form 8-K, You’ll Never Want To File

In a recently filed Form 8-K, an international money transmitter, Xoom Corporation, reported that been the victim of a criminal fraud. This was no small heist. According to company, over $30 million had been transferred to...more

[eBook] The Revolution in Ethics and Compliance

In this collection of recent essays and blog posts, attorney, leading compliance expert, and former federal prosecutor Michael Volkov helps corporate leaders understand how a culture of ethics and compliance is not only the...more

Department Of Justice Official Provides Fresh Guidance on What Constitutes an Effective Corporate Compliance Program

When can a corporation’s compliance program help stave off indictment? Or at least secure it more lenient treatment from the Department of Justice when resolving a case? DOJ has given fresh guidance on this issue for our...more

“Employees Facing Corruption: A Personal Reflection.”

In the Journal of Business Compliance, which was brought to my attention via Philippe Montigny (CEO, Ethic-Intelligence) and Scott Killingsworth (Partner, Bryan Cave, and who also is on the editorial board) I read with great...more

Stopping the DOJ at the Border? A New Defense to the Reach of Federal Extraterritorial Criminal Action

In a one-day Department of Justice Antitrust Division takedown last September, nine international companies based outside the United States pled guilty to criminal antitrust violations and agreed to pay more than $740 million...more

“Culture of Compliance” Urged by FinCEN

Following months of rumors that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is preparing to impose personal liability on officers, directors and employees for shortcomings in their financial institutions’ Bank Secrecy...more

EY Fraud Survey & Compliance Fatigue. Do as I say not as I do.

A few weeks ago I posted “EY Global Fraud Survey: “Depressing,” yes, surprising, no” and shortly thereafter, Philipp Kloeber, Consultant at Ernst & Young, Melbourne, Australia was kind enough to refer me to the EY paper...more

D.C. Appeals Court Upholds Privilege For Internal Investigation Preceding False Claims Act Litigation

The KBR decision should not be interpreted as a sign that internal investigations of regulatory compliance are privileged per se. Companies should keep the following principles in mind when conducting any internal...more

The General Motors Scandal: Risky Issues

The GM scandal is unfolding and provides important reminders for everyone involved in compliance and how to respond to a corporate scandal....more

How to Avoid Corruption Risks in China [Video]

The recent headlines on China's expanding anti-corruption investigation and enforcement action is a significant event in global anti-corruption enforcement. For companies operating in China, the risks have now increased...more

What's the One Thing Missing From Your Corporate Compliance Program?

What's the one thing missing from most corporate compliance programs? For a legal perspective, that's the question we put to corporate attorneys writing on JD Supra, asking each to commit to just one essential element...more

Just Who Is A Promoter And Why You May Want To Know

The California General Corporation Law uses, but does not define, the term “promoter”. For example, a promoter can be criminally prosecuted. Corporations Code Section 2251 provides that any promoter “who knowingly and...more

UK SFO Director Provides Guidance on the Bribery Act

SFO’s director’s recent speech outlines enforcement of the Bribery Act and developments related to self-reporting, the possible extension of the corporate offence, and prosecutions. On 24 October, David Green, director...more

Swiss National and Former Energy Executive Criminally Charged Under FCPA

In an illustration of the extraterritorial reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Alain Riedo, a Swiss citizen and the general manager of Maxwell Technologies S.A. (Maxwell), a Swiss subsidiary of a US public...more

Goldman Ordered to Advance Defense Fees for Former Employee Accused of Stealing Computer Codes

On October 16, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, in Aleynikov v. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., found that a former vice president and computer programmer was an “officer” of Goldman Sachs & Co.,...more

Update: Crackdown on Casino AML Deficiencies Continues as Caesars Entertainment Corp. becomes subject of FinCEN and DOJ...

On October 21, 2013, Caesars Entertainment Corp. (“Caesars”) announced in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that its subsidiary Desert Palace, Inc. (owner of Caesars Palace) was under investigation for...more

Prosecution Of Frauds And Crimes In The C-Suite: What Can We Learn From These Cases And Trends?

The press, members of Congress, and judges have become increasingly vocal in condemning what they perceive to be inadequate criminal prosecution of executives responsible for corporate crimes. In response, U.S. Department of...more

Corporate Compliance Policies – Interview with Bridget Rohde, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bridget Rohde, Member of Mintz Levin's Litigation Practice, discusses the importance of comprehensive corporate compliance policies....more

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