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DOJ’s New FCPA “Pilot Program” Targets Corporate Officers and Other Individuals

For years, FCPA observers have predicted that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) will increase its prosecutions of corporate officers and employees for FCPA violations. These predictions have so far proven disputable, as the...more

Hitachi Chemical to Plead Guilty to Price-Fixing

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced this week that Hitachi Chemical Co. will plead guilty to a criminal charge for conspiring with competitors to fix the prices of electrolytic capacitors sold in the United States and...more

Dick Cassin: ‘The FCPA Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize’

“Richard L. Cassin” is one of the best-known bylines in the compliance field. He’s been called the Dean of the compliance bloggers. He founded the FCPA Blog almost nine years ago. Incredibly, he has personally written...more

Two Federal Courts Uphold Criminal Convictions for Insurance Brokers

Two federal appellate decisions highlight the potential criminal liability for rogue agents. First, in United States v. Binday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld mail and wire fraud convictions of three individuals...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2016

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York...more

Is the DOJ’s New FCPA Pilot Program an Offer You Can’t Refuse?

Earlier this month, Assistant US Attorney Leslie Caldwell announced that the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Fraud Section will try to entice companies to self-report potential FCPA issues. The DOJ included...more

A transatlantic consideration of recent developments in corporate self-reporting

More carrot, less stick? On 5 April 2016, the Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division issued an Enforcement Plan and Guidance (the DOJ Guidance), setting out the steps that it is taking to...more

Shakespeare Week – Part III: Much Ado About Nothing and Incorporation of Social Media into Your Compliance Program

How does Shakespeare portend social media in the 21st century? I would submit that one only need look at Much Ado About Nothing to see how it should all play out. As with all Shakespeare’s plays there is quite a bit going on...more

Federal FCPA Pilot Program Encourages Self-Disclosure and Cooperation

“Voluntary self-disclosure of criminality,” “full cooperation” and “timely and appropriate remediation” in connection with violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) are the main ingredients in the recipe for...more

Consultant Pleads Guilty to FCPA Charges Before Trial

On April 20, the DOJ announced that Dmitrij Harder, the former owner and president of two Pennsylvania consulting companies pleaded guilty to violations of the FCPA. Mr. Harder pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the...more

The DOJ’s Self-Disclosure Program Is Not Even Half the Story

Lots of people are talking about the DOJ’s new self-disclosure pilot program, but it was only the last of three steps announced in the DOJ’s Fraud Section FCPA Enforcement Plan and Guidance. One of them has the potential to...more

French Anti-Corruption Reform Expected In 2016

France to introduce significant changes affecting large companies and top management, to improve current anti-bribery system. The French Parliament is expected to enact “Sapin II” on transparency, anti-corruption and...more

Second Circuit To Determine Whether Artful Pleading Can Extend FCPA Jurisdiction

Prosecutors in the District of Connecticut have appealed a district court’s ruling that conspiracy and aiding and abetting charges cannot be used to extend the FCPA’s jurisdictional reach. The FCPA has three...more

Compliance 2.0: DOJ Pushes the Compliance Agenda

The FCPA Paparazzi have a thick head and a stubborn chin. They just do not understand the significance of Compliance 2.0 to corporate governance and they blindly adhere to simplistic, yet unexplained, solutions to complex...more

European Banking Authority Opinion on Customer Due Diligence for Asylum Seekers

The European Banking Authority published an Opinion on the application of customer due diligence measures to customers who are asylum seekers from higher-risk third countries or territories. The Opinion, addressed to national...more

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

April 23rd will be the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth in 1564. He died on the same date in 1616, making this the 400th anniversary of his death. Actually, the exact date of his birth is unknown, but it is...more

New Business Opportunities in Iran! Who Will Be Your Banker? Non-U.S. Banks Hesitant to Process Lawful Iran Transactions…and for...

- Sanctions relief presents new business opportunities with Iran - Most U.S. companies are still prohibited from Iran business, but the U.S. government is encouraging lawful business by non-U.S. companies - The...more

How to Avoid or Respond to Wire Transfer Fraud

Businesses are increasingly falling victim to wire fraud scams – sometimes referred to as “man-in-the-email” or “business email compromise” scams. Although there are multiple variants, a common situation involves an attacker...more

New US Department of Justice Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan Creates "Pilot Program" to Encourage Voluntary...

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) released a memorandum (the “FCPA Enforcement Memorandum”) on April 5, 2016 detailing a new enforcement plan for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations. The DOJ announced...more

"DOJ Adds Resources for FCPA Cases, Offers Incentives for Voluntary Disclosures"

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Fraud Section made two related announcements in its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Plan and Guidance. First, the Fraud Section announced a substantial...more

Foreign Financial Institutions Beware: United States Expands Economic Sanctions Against Hizballah

Effective April 16, 2016, the United States will implement sanctions pursuant to the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. The new sanctions target Hizballah (or Hezbollah) and non-U.S. persons who support...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance in High-Risk Environments [Video]

Leslie Benton of The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org) interviews Richard Bistrong, CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, a consultancy focused on real-world anti-bribery compliance, training, and...more

New FCPA Self-Reporting Pilot Program Formalizes Rewards but Relies on Discretionary Implementation

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice unveiled a one-year pilot program designed to encourage companies to self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the FCPA). Built upon the Department’s September 9,...more

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Promote Company Self-Reporting

In a speech delivered last Wednesday by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, the Justice Department’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division announced the launch of a new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) “pilot program” that...more

Anti-Bribery and Compliance Challenges Ahead [Video]

In this short video, Richard Fenning, CEO, Control Risks, shares his reflections on the 2016 Control Risks “International Business Attitudes To Corruption Survey” which is available on the Control Risks website. In the...more

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