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Bank Settles Criminal Bank Secrecy Act and Civil Fraud Charges Arising from Its Inadequate Anti-Money Laundering Program

On March 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $4.9 million settlement of criminal and civil charges against CommerceWest Bank (“CommerceWest” or the “Bank”) brought pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act...more

A Stern Reminder from U.S. v. Fokker: The Execution of a Corporate Deferred Prosecution Agreement May Not Be the End of a...

A phenomenon virtually foreign to the 20th Century, the use of pre-plea agreements by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), typically in the form of a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) (or a non-prosecution agreement...more

DOJ Announces Two More ‘Operation Choke Point’ Settlements

With the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that it had settled separate lawsuits against two small banks charged with facilitating consumer fraud through their relationships with third-party payment...more

DOJ Announces Settlement with California Bank Over BSA & FIRREA Violations

On March 10, the DOJ announced a $4.9 million civil and criminal settlement with a California-based bank. The bank admitted to the DOJ’s allegations that, from December 2011 through July 2013, it ignored warning signs...more

The Future of U.K. Enforcement of Financial Crimes: Four Clues for 2015

The legal and compliance landscape is changing quickly—it’s up to organisations that do business in the U.K. to strengthen their compliance programmes to meet these new challenges. In this whitepaper, Andrew Foose, vice...more

The False Claims Act 2015: DOJ Policies and Judicial Decisions Likely to Lead to an Increase in FCA Claims

By all accounts, 2014 was a banner year in False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement, with the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcing a record $5.69 billion in FCA recoveries. 2015 promises to be an equally active year and is...more

Food Industry Outlook for 2015

For 2015, the food and beverage industry will experience governmental attention on a number of fronts. Given the Department of Justice’s recent success in prosecuting food manufacturing executives on criminal charges, the...more

Guilty Plea in DOJ’s First Criminal Prosecution for Campaign Finance Coordination

The news media has already engaged in rampant speculation regarding the potential candidates from both parties in the 2016 presidential election. Inextricably tied to the talk of political campaigns is the public discussion...more

DOJ Continues to Set Records with Antitrust Enforcement in 2014

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) recently reported its criminal prosecution of companies and individuals engaged in cartel, price-fixing or bid-rigging behavior resulted in $1.861 billion in criminal...more

Two Criminal Investment Fund Fraud Actions

Despite massive publicity and numerous cases by enforcement authorities, investment fund fraud actions continue to be a staple of the SEC, CFTC and the DOJ. In case after case investors are convinced to part with their hard...more

The Aviation Industry and Corruption

DOJ and the SEC have quietly (or maybe not so quietly) set an enforcement tone in the aviation industry. When you look over the last few years, we have several enforcement actions either pending or resolved involving the...more

"Insights Conversations: Cartels"

With improved coordination among agencies and across borders and the threat of dual criminal and civil enforcement, companies facing cartel investigations must navigate an increasingly complex environment. Skadden partners...more

White Collar Crime and Securities Enforcement: 2014 in Review

Results yielded in 2014 were mixed for the Department of Justice in the white collar arena. The government suffered a large setback in its crackdown on insider trading when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...more

Department Of Justice Emphasizes Expectation That Corporations Cooperate In The Prosecution Of Company Executives

The Justice Department continues to send the strong signal that it is looking to charge senior executives of companies. At a conference this week in London, senior Justice Department official Deputy Assistant Attorney General...more

No Safe Haven: DOJ Can and Will Seize Proceeds of Wholly Foreign Corruption

Nine pieces of real property in the New Orleans area purchased and owned by Honduran government official Mario Roberto Zelaya Rojas (“Zelaya”) are proceeds of criminal activity and subject to seizure, according to a civil...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 121-FCPA Year in Review, Part II [Video]

In this episode I review the two Opinion Releases, Esquenazi court decision, DOJ communications via speeches on FCPA enforcement. I end with a look at 2015. ...more

Credit Crunch Digest - December 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on Libor civil penalties; three former ICAP brokers pleading not guilty to criminal Libor charges; a large whistle-blower award to a former Countrywide Financial Corp. executive;...more

Health Care Enforcement in 2015: A Look Back on 2014 and Forecasting the Year Ahead

In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Health Care in April 2011, the now-pending nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch, stated in no uncertain terms that “fighting health...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 119-FCPA Year in Review, Part I [Video]

In this episode I begin a two-part review of the 2014 FCPA year. In this episode I review some of the significant corporate enforcement actions. ...more

The Alstom Case: Realities and Lessons Learned

The old expression goes – “Do not break your arm patting yourself on the back” – but maybe I might just extend my arm a little with the Alstom settlement. Last year I predicted that the Alstom case would eclipse Siemens as...more

Should You Participate in the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program?

2014 marked a significant increase in the enforcement efforts by the IRS and Department of Justice against non-compliant U.S. taxpayers who failed to report their off-shore bank accounts and earnings.  Grand Jury proceedings...more

Avon Settles FCPA Charges

On December 17, 2014, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) resolved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations being conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with a...more

FCPA Predictions for 2015 (Part II of II)

The key to being a successful (FCPA) prognosticator is never to keep score. If you do, you are likely to be disappointed. Instead, I follow the strategy of calculated distraction – for example, I predicted last year...more

FCPA Digest - January 2015

In this issue: - Recent Trends and Patterns in FCPA Enforcement - Foreign Bribery Criminal Prosecution Under the FCPA - Foreign Bribery Civil Actions Instituted by the Department of Justice under the...more

The FCPA Year in Review: Twist and Shout (Part I of II)

We all like annual reviews and predictions for the upcoming year – it is a New Year’s rite of passage and one that brings perspective and a sense of order to our otherwise chaotic lives....more

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