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Using the Privilege: Fifth Amendment Fundamentals for Corporations

Most in-house lawyers, if they're fortunate, haven't bumped up against the Fifth Amendment and its related issues since the bar exam. After all, the so-called "nickel" typically arises solely in the criminal context, and...more

The Harder They Fall

As the old saying goes, even a broken clock is correct two times a day. My prediction several weeks ago is turning out to be on target. FCPA enforcement is continuing and will increase throughout the year – DOJ/SEC...more

Corporate Aspects of the UK Financial Services Act 2012

Long-heralded reform of the UK financial services regulation architecture impacts the listed company regime. On 1 April, a new financial regulation architecture became operative in the UK through the Financial...more

The Truth Behind Gifts, Meals And Entertainment Enforcement

It is time for everyone to take a deep breath. The DOJ/SEC Guidance could not have been clearer. The message to companies – stop devoting so much time to building, tinkering with, and monitoring their policies governing...more

Third Circuit Reinforces Limits to Directors' Exposure for Misconduct by Corporate Employees

In Belmont v. MB Investment Partners, Inc., No. 12-1580, 2013 WL 646344 (3d Cir. Feb. 22, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a mere failure by corporate directors to oversee enforcement...more

SEC And FBI Try To Ketchup To Heinz Insider Traders

In the latest development in an SEC lawsuit filed Friday, February 15, U.S. District Judge Rakoff extended a freeze on a Swiss Goldman Sachs account linked to possible insider trading in H.J. Heinz Company call options. The...more

New FCPA Decision: How Long is the FCPA’s Reach?

A little more than a year after Deustche Telekom (“DT”) and Magyar Telekom entered into multi-million dollar settlements with the SEC and DOJ to resolve claims that the two companies violated the FCPA, three former Magyar...more

DOJ Announces Criminal Charges And Penalties For LIBOR Manipulation, Regulators Announce Parallel Civil Enforcement Actions

On February 6, U.S. and U.K. authorities announced that a Japanese financial institution and its British bank parent company agreed to pay roughly $612 million to resolve criminal and civil investigations into the firms’ role...more

Failing To Act: Lessons From 2012 FCPA Enforcement

FCPA practitioners tend to repeat themselves. Some of the points we make need to be repeated, and some do not. Businesses are not able to react as quickly as they should in response to potential risks and possible...more

Occupational fraud involves a personal breach of trust

Ed. Note-today we are pleased to begin a three part guest series from our colleague Mary Shaddock Jones. My husband, Brian R. Jones, is a CPA, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified...more

Federal District Court in New Jersey Closes Door (Again) on Selective Waiver

Subjects of government investigations routinely face the question: To be or not to be forthcoming with information otherwise protected by the attorney-client privilege?...more

White Collar Watch - January 2013

In This Issue: - Death and Taxes? Recent Supreme Court Arguments in Gabelli v. SEC Concerning a General Statute of Limitations for Civil Fines May Also Affect How Long the IRS Has to Assess Penalties - Avoiding...more

White Collar Practice In 2013: An Old Look For A New Year?

2012 was a big year in the government's pursuit of white collar crime. 2013 – the five year anniversary of the financial crisis – brings new legislators, new regulators, and the possibility that a looming statute of...more

The Tube and Updating Your Compliance Policies

2013 is the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, affectionately known as “The Tube.” It truly is one of the great urban architectural marvels of all-time. The oldest sections of the London Underground completed 150...more

Tribute to Stan The Man and 11 Rules for Compliance Success

Today we honor Stan ‘The Man’ Musial who played 22 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (1941–1963) who passed away on Saturday. Musial was a record 24-time All-Star selection and is widely considered to be one of the greatest...more

Insider Trading Enforcement And Deterrence

It is hard to know whether the government’s aggressive enforcement of insider trading laws deters criminals from violating securities laws. One key factor in this equation is the risk of getting caught. The Obama...more

The Allianz FCPA Enforcement Action – What the Compliance Practitioner Needs to Know

Who is your favorite character from the Iliad? Is it Agamemnon the king who brings the Greek Armada to Troy for his brother’s honor; perhaps Ajax the mountain of a man who is the most loyal Greek warrior; how about Achilles...more

Recent Decision Provides Helpful Guidance on FCPA's "Wide Net"

District Court Determines that the SEC Bears the Burden of Negating the 'Facilitating' Payments Exception - On December 11, 2012, in a rare opinion interpreting the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), U.S....more

Ponzi Schemes - A Sign of the Times

“If they ever tell my story, let them say... I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat... but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector. Let them say... I lived in the time of...more

Remote Tippee Issues Hang over SEC/Wells Fargo Insider Trading Case

The SEC brought a big insider trading case against a number of individuals in the Western District of North Carolina yesterday. The complaint alleges $11 million in illicit profits. The complaint calls it an insider...more

The Government's Response to a Proposed Affirmative FCPA Compliance Defense

This month, the DOJ's Lanny Breuer provided a direct response to the U.S. Chamber's call for an affirmative FCPA compliance defense. This article outlines the various components of that response....more

FCPA Guidance: Refined Compliance and Safe Harbors

With all the hype and bloviating behind us, it is now time to take a closer look at some of the more significant aspects of the FCPA Guidance. For those who continue to carp about the failure of the FCPA Guidance to contain...more

White Collar Watch - November 2012

In This issue: - DOJ and SEC Issue Long-Awaited Guidance on the FCPA - Recent Sentencings of Executives Serve as Reminder of Risks of Responsible Corporate Officer Prosecutions; Risks Grow for Medical Device...more

Long-Awaited FCPA Guidance Offers Clarity But Few Revelations

Interagency guide provides a blend of statutory interpretation, case analysis, and practice recommendations for corporations and their advisors but lacks definitive answers to many FCPA questions....more

What FCPA Enforcement is Thinking in 2012

Last week, ACI held its 2012 National Conference on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act where FCPA enforcement officials shared their current thinking. This article provides the highlights related to voluntary disclosures,...more

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