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Justice Department Updates United States Attorneys' Manual to Emphasize Priority on Prosecuting Individuals in Corporate Criminal...

On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice revised the United States Attorneys’ Manual (USAM) to align the principles by which federal government prosecutors investigate and prosecute criminal cases involving...more

Corruption Risk and Prosecution are Real and They are not Going Away

On November 11, the The Wall Street Journal ran a story with a fairly provocative headline: "U.S. Justice Department Makes Radical Shift on Foreign Bribery Enforcement." Whether DOJ is making a radical shift or not, corporate...more

A New FCPA Policy May Be Coming, but Questions Remain

Just a week after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) introduced its new Compliance Counsel, and just a month after the DOJ issued the “Yates memo,” it is now being reported that the DOJ is considering a new policy that...more

DOJ Announces New Compliance Counsel and Outlines Metrics for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs Under Scrutiny

In July 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division revealed that it was hiring a Compliance Counsel to assist in assessing the quality and effectiveness of companies’ corporate compliance programs under scrutiny...more

Tackling Corruption – Now A Truly Global Initiative?

There continues to be a global drive towards greater transparency and accountability in business. There are a number of factors at play here. ...more

DOJ’s Pursuit of Individual Liability for Corporate Misconduct: The Yates Memo

Cooperation credit is a critical issue for corporations that become embroiled in investigations or enforcement activity. In both the criminal and civil contexts, it is the only way to mitigate the financial impact of...more

Look At Business Strategy Before the Bribe [Video]

In my multi-part interview with Jenny Hammond, Business Correspondent, European CEO, I share the danger that management incurs when they forecast aggressive growth in frontier markets, where lucrative business opportunities...more

DOJ Sets Its Sights on Directors and Officers

Whether publicly traded or privately held, corporate boards have been put on notice – the Department of Justice (Justice or DOJ) is after you! On September 9th, DOJ issued a memo entitled: Individual Accountability for...more

DOJ Focuses on Individual Accountability: New Guidance for Corporate Investigations Places Pressure on Companies and Boards to Put...

On September 9, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued new guidance on individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing. In the memorandum and an accompanying speech by the Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates,...more

DOJ Clarifies Position on Individual Accountability in Corporate Investigations

Earlier this month, we discussed a memorandum issued by Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). This memorandum, referred to as the “Yates Memo,” reaffirms the Government’s...more

U.S. Department of Justice issues new guidance on individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing

On Sept. 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice issued new guidance (“DOJ Guidance”) instructing DOJ criminal and civil attorneys to place a greater emphasis on accountability of the individuals responsible for corporate...more

The Department of Justice's Focus on Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing

The Department of Justice's Focus on Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memo reiterating its commitment to the criminal and civil investigation and...more

Assistant Attorney General Caldwell Clarifies Application of Yates Memo on Individual Accountability

On September 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division, Leslie R. Caldwell, spoke at the Global Investigations Review Conference in New York, addressing the...more

New DOJ Policy Alert: Here's Looking at You, Kid - DOJ Announces Six Specific Steps to Hold Individual "Corporate Wrongdoers"...

Why it matters: On September 9, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates issued a memo to all DOJ department heads and U.S. Attorneys which detailed the Government's new policy centered on accountability for the...more

DOJ Provides Guidance on Prosecution of Individuals

The Department of Justice (DOJ) long has required entities seeking credit for cooperating with its investigations to provide what it terms “full and truthful” cooperation. In policies memorialized over time, DOJ has been...more

The Yates Memo: A New DOJ Investigative Focus

Since at least the market crisis there has been a clamor to charge and convict senior corporate officials – or at least name them in a civil law enforcement action by the SEC or another agency. For years the Government...more

DOJ Guidance Prioritizes Individuals in Criminal and Civil Corporate Enforcement Actions

A serious shift of focus to individual accountability may impact traditional corporate defense and settlement tactics. On September 9, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a set of guidelines that formally revise...more

Unpacking the Yates Memo: What the "New" DOJ Policy Really Means

The DOJ made a significant splash on Wednesday when a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates to all DOJ attorneys, including the U.S. Attorneys across the country, announced a policy to increasingly...more

Executives Beware: DOJ’s New Policy Memo Signals Focus on Prosecuting Individuals

In light of the near-unbridled discretion of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to bring federal criminal charges, businesses and their leaders are wise to pay close attention to the prosecutor’s “playbook.” Sometimes...more

Why We Say Yes to Corruption [Video]

In the full-length video of "Why We Say Yes," a real-world story, including the real voice of the investigator, is shared via animation, with a focus on what elements impact front-line thinking when confronting corruption. ...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2015

Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Front Line Interview Episode 1. Alison Taylor: Organizations, Compliance & Corruption [Video]

In the launch of a new video series, Front-Line Interviews, I engage with Alison Taylor, Director of Energy and Extractives at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). I first became aware of Alison’s work via a Forbes...more

Scandal Serve as a Reminder of the Importance of Morals Clauses

This week, long-time Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle reached a plea agreement on charges of child pornography and having sex with minors.? ?Although the sandwich shop noted that it no longer has a relationship with Fogle,...more

Salman v. Newman: The developing standard for insider trading liability

The 9th Circuit just denied rehearing en banc in a closely watched decision that declined to adopt a broad interpretation of its influential sister circuit’s watershed opinion in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir....more

Court Of Chancery Explains Apportionment In Advancement Case

Not infrequently, a former director may seek to have his attorney fees advanced in two pending matters, only one of which is covered by a corporation’s advancement obligations. An example would be an SEC action coupled with a...more

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