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SEC Looks to Increase Focus on Enforcement of FCPA Accounting Provisions

Government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) typically involves both criminal charges pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last...more

"Facilitation": A New Tool for Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement?

Recent OFAC and DOJ actions have focused on certain entities – overseas financial institutions – and particular conduct – US dollar clearing and associated “stripping.” The DOJ’s recent $232 million settlement and negotiated...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Microcap fraud, misappropriation by investment advisers and offering fraud cases were the focus of SEC enforcement this week. The Commission filed a microcap fraud action centered on blank check companies involving ten...more

Foreign Banks and Bankers Face New Risks From Swiss Bank Amnesty

The first non-prosecution agreement signals expanded US tax enforcement opportunities at home and abroad. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced the first non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with BSI, SA, (BSI)...more

A Journey to the Dark Side of Business Ethics and Steps to Protect Your Organization

On May 11th, 2015 I will lead a session at the GRC Summit 2015 titled “A Journey to the Dark Side of Business Ethics and Steps to Protect Your Organization.” My journey comes not from the fields of audit, law, investigation...more

DOJ Announces First Non-Prosecution Agreement Under the Swiss Bank Program

On March 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it reached the first non-prosecution agreement under the Swiss bank program with BSI, S.A. (BSI). BSI, one of Switzerland's ten largest banks, has agreed...more

FBI Establishes “Dedicated International Corruption Squads” to Bust FCPA Violators

The squads will extend the capabilities of the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission to gather evidence and enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act....more

March Bribery Digest – Beyond FCPA Compliance

Today’s bribery digest is a little bit different than our past versions – rather than focusing specifically on FCPA compliance and enforcements, we’re taking a look at bribery news around the world. We’ve got a story from...more

Beyond the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

When Ethical Boardroom invited me to write this article, I started thinking about issues that go beyond the ‘bolt-on’ model of anti-bribery compliance. For, as Alison Taylor, director of energy and extractives at BSR...more

Alert: Civil Claims for Bribery: an Overview of the English and Common Law Position

Take a simple bribery scenario. A foreign Government Minister is the key decision-maker for the award of a contract to build and operate infrastructure, say a toll road. A UK contractor wins the contract in a purportedly...more

Lincoln Assassinated and HSBC’s Continued Self-Inflicted Woes

HSBC continues to stay in the news, unfortunately largely for the wrong reasons in the realm of anti-corruption, facilitating tax evasion and money laundering. In an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled “HSBC Is...more

INTERPOL’s looking for murderers, drug traffickers, and … Justin Bieber?

INTERPOL states as its vision that it is “connecting police for a safer world.” So naturally, when I read that Argentina had requested a Red Notice for Justin Bieber, I initially had trouble envisioning how the world might be...more

INTERPOL Red Notices – do they ever expire?

A reader recently sent in the following question: I wanted to know how long is a red alert in effect? I mean, when does it expires?I heard it was 6 months, but I haven’t found the legal basis.Can you help me please?...more

Newsletter: March 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: .. Inter Partes Review and the ITC: The Benefits and Risks of Filing IPR on Patents Asserted in an ITC Investigation - Noted With Interest: .. Securities Act Claims...more

Navigating FCPA Risks in Global Private Equity Ventures

In light of the global nature of the private equity industry, minimizing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) risks is an important consideration for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. ...more

March 2015: White Collar Litigation Update

Implications of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Increased Pursuit of Corporate Guilty Pleas and Stringent Settlement Terms. In recent years, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has become increasingly aggressive in...more

Schlumberger and PayPal Settlements Reinforce Breadth of Sanctions Compliance Challenges

Last week, U.S. authorities settled criminal charges against a subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd. and civil claims against PayPal, Inc. Federal authorities alleged that these companies violated U.S. embargoes and other economic...more

No Room for Companies to Gamble as the Feds Double Down on FCPA Enforcement

In 2014, a record-setting year for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the largest-ever DOJ FCPA resolution—an over $772 million criminal fine for French power company...more

DOJ Announces Indictment of U.S. Senator Menendez and Friend Salomon Melgen for Conspiracy, Bribery, and Honest Services Fraud

On April 1, the DOJ indicted Senator Robert Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen for an alleged bribery scheme in which Menendez accepted financial gifts from Melgen in exchange for using his position of power...more

Brazil’s Clean Companies Act: One Year Later, Is It Finally Getting Teeth?

While 2014 started with much fanfare over Brazil’s Lei da Empresa Limpa or “Anticorruption Law” (Lei no. 12.846/2013), also referred to as the “Clean Companies Act” (CCA), coming into effect, it seems that the remainder of...more

Credit Crunch Digest - February 2015

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on a €15 million fine imposed on ICAP for aiding the manipulating of the Japanese yen Libor; pressure from departing U.S. Attorney General Holder for U.S. prosecutors to bring...more

New UK Competition Watchdog Sets Its Sights on Cartels

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently released its Annual Plan for 2015/2016. The Plan announces the CMA’s enforcement priorities for what will be the second year since the new organization assumed its...more

Just “Say No” to Bribery, but Prepare First. A Front-Line Story

Today’s Q and A is with Mike Kenealy. Hello Mike, and thank you for joining us for this Q and A. First, perhaps you can share with today’s readers more about your perspective and experience. MK: Hi Richard,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Second Circuit rejected a petition for rehearing by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Newman case. There the Court reversed and dismissed the insider trading actions against two traders based on the failure of the court...more

Blog: International Enforcement Of English Asset Recovery Judgments: An Overview

Civil proceedings brought by the state are one mechanism to recover the proceeds of crime, or to claim compensation for corrupt acts: as discussed in our previous post Recovering the proceeds of corruption: an overview....more

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