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This Week In Securities Litigation

Merrill Lynch was at the center of actions brought by the SEC and FINRA this week. One action charged the firm with violations of the customer protection rule tied to using customer cash and failing to protect their...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Insider trading was a key focus this week. Two actions were brought based on information secured from the FDA and CMS by former employees who were employed by and investment adviser. Another case centered on tips by a...more

UK Bribery Act – 5 lessons in 5 years: No 2 – Unheard Voices

The corporate bribery offence has brought in a new age of enforcement, but at what cost to individuals who may be implicated? In the last few weeks of 2015, the enforcement landscape for corporate entities carrying on...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The elements of an insider trading claim continued to be a key focus this week. The first circuit, following prior circuit precedent, held that a personal benefit based on a long term friendship and a steak dinner was...more

USDOJ Beefs Up FCPA Efforts

In April, the Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice announced several measures designed to enhance its effort to discover and prosecute violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). See, 15 U.S.C....more

DOJ Declines Prosecution in Two FCPA Cases, SEC Executes NPAs

The DOJ declined prosecution in two self-reported potential FCPA actions while the SEC entered into non-prosecution agreements with each issuer. One matter involved Akamai Technologies, Inc. while the other centered on...more

California Man Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges Relating to HAMP Modification Scheme

On May 4, 2016, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced that a California man was found guilty of...more

Panama Papers: Prosecutors Launch Investigations

When a scandal hits the media like the Panama Papers leak of 11.5 million confidential legal records, we all know what to expect. Criminal investigations, regulatory responses, and of course, congressional hearings of some...more

Private Equity and the Och-Ziff Enforcement Action

Since 2010, the Justice Department and the SEC have been “investigating” a number of private equity and hedge funds for FCPA violations. The launch of the inquiries was a big deal with lots of fanfare and focus on private...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Testing The 5th: Compelled Testimony From Foreign Regulators

The circumstances of the prosecution of Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti exemplify how cross-border cooperation and parallel investigations can give rise to novel issues in a subsequent criminal trial. Allen and Conti were...more

DOJ’s Fraud Section Issues Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section (“DOJ”) issued its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Enforcement Plan and Guidance (“Guidance”), which announced (1) a more than doubling of DOJ resources...more

Are Your Company’s Legal, Due-Diligence, De-risking, or Compliance Obligations Impacted by the “Panama Papers”?

In an unprecedented event earlier this week, 11.5 million files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were allegedly leaked. Assuming they are genuine, as appears to be the case, these “Panama Papers” offer a...more

Is Confession Good for the Corporate Soul?: DOJ announces new mitigation credit for self-disclosure of FCPA violations

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Fraud Section Chief, Andrew Weissmann, issued a memo (the “Weissmann Memorandum”) announcing a one-year Pilot Program that offers a carrot and stick approach to...more

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Encourage Corporate Voluntary Disclosure and Cooperation

On April 5, 2016, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Criminal Division issued an enforcement plan and guidance (the Guidance) laying out three steps it is taking to intensify Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

DOJ Fraud Section Offers Super Credit in FCPA Pilot Program

This week, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a pilot program that extends additional “mitigation credit” to qualifying companies that “fully cooperate” in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt...more

DOJ Announces One-Year FCPA Enforcement Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Criminal Division yesterday announced that its Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Unit is conducting a one-year FCPA enforcement pilot program (“Program”). A company...more

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