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New UK AML Action Plan – The Increased Role of the Private Sector

The UK Government has just published an Action Plan setting out extensive reform to the anti-money laundering ("AML") and counter-financing of terrorism ("CFT") regime and in particular the filing of Suspicious Activity...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

The Panama Effect: UK Government accelerates proposals to criminalise failure to prevent tax evasion

10 considerations for professionals and corporates worldwide in advance of the new law. Overview - In a move widely seen as a response to the so-called “Panama Papers” revelations, the UK Government has enhanced...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

As Panama Papers Illustrates, IRS Discovery of Undisclosed Assets Just a Matter of Time

As the recent leak of the "Panama Papers" reminded the world, some secrets don't keep well, particularly those related to undisclosed foreign assets. And once a person's identity is disclosed as a holder of undisclosed...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

Forex Investment Scheme Results in Criminal Charges

Investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes have become a staple of SEC enforcement. The investment fraud schemes often cross from securities into other areas such as the currency markets. In such instances either the CFTC or the...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

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

This Week In Securities Litigation

Budget hearings were a focus this week as the Chair of the SEC and Chairman of the CFTC visited Capitol Hill. Both sought substantial increases, requesting more money for technology, inspections and enforcement. While the...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

The “Panama Papers” and the Secret World of Shell Corporations - Reducing Liability Exposure and Seeking Insurance Coverage

A leak of 11.5 million documents from a law firm in Panama may implicate politicians, criminals, and celebrities in sheltering of fortunes in offshore tax havens through the use of shell companies. Called the “Panama Papers,”...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

DOJ’s “Half Off” Deals for Self-Reporting FCPA Misconduct: Certain Exclusions Apply, See Below for Details

For the next year, the Justice Department may be offering up to a 50% discount on fines imposed in FCPA cases. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division announced the launch of a one-year pilot...more

Criminal Division Launches New FCPA Pilot Program

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice upped the ante in its efforts to encourage companies to self-report potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) violations when it unveiled a one-year pilot program that...more

The Panama Papers & The Tempo of International Corruption Cases  [Video]

An interview on CNBC Powerlunch (April 4th, 2016) where I discuss the implications of the recent Panama Papers leaks. What does this mean for the future of tax havens? Also, will be the appetite for local enforcement in those...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed on a summary judgment motion this week in a case based on an offering fraud. It also filed another settled FCPA action centered on gifts, travel and entertainment provided to healthcare professionals...more

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