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2014 Trends: #10 Expanding Use of DPAs and NPAs

The day has arrived. Today we’ll cover our last trend to watch in 2014: DPA and NPA use expanding. Since they were first used in 2000, the U.S. DOJ has disclosed 257 Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) and Non-Prosecution...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

The FCPA Person Of The Year – The Prosecutor

To continue a “tradition” on Corruption Crime and Compliance, I like to end the year with recognition of the “person of the year,” referring to the institution which has had the most impact in the enforcement and compliance...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 31-the FCPA Year in Review, Corporate Enforcement Actions [Video]

In this episode, I review the corporate FCPA enforcement actions of 2013. ...more

The Sky Is The Limit: Escalating Fines, DPA/NPAs And Deterrence

The controversy around punishment and deterrence of corporate misconduct continues to swirl. As fines increase against companies, it is important to ask the question whether the current enforcement scheme adequately punishes...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 30-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 2 [Video]

This episode 30 is Part 2 of my interview with the FCPA Professor. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 29-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 1 [Video]

In this episode 29 of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I have Part 1 of a 2 part visit with the FCPA Professor about some things on his mind. In this episode, we discuss SEC Chair Mary Jo White's comments about the need...more

New Risks Associated with Simultaneous U.S. FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act investigations

On November 20, 2013, during a panel presentation at the 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), current and former prosecutors from the United States and the United Kingdom discussed the...more

Venice And Compliance: Doing It The Old Fashioned Way

One of the things that has fascinated me about Venice is how so little of the 21st century has impacted it. Take construction for example. ...more

SEC Announces Its First Ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement With An Individual

On November 12, the SEC announced a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with a former hedge fund administrator, the agency’s first ever DPA with an individual. The DPA follows a November 2012 SEC enforcement action against a...more

Quid Pro Quo, Yes Or No? SEC Signs First Individual Deferred Prosecution Agreement

The SEC this year has demonstrated its willingness to incentivize whistleblowers and companies to share information about misconduct and assist with the SEC’s investigations. To that end, the SEC issued its first Deferred...more

SEC Enters Into First Deferred Prosecution Agreement with an Individual

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) announced on Tuesday that it entered into its first Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA” or “Agreement”) with an individual in connection with a possible...more

Tryin’ to Make a Dollar out of Fifteen Cents: The Diebold FCPA Settlement Explains What Officials Did on Their Vacation

Vacation is great, but it can involve a great deal of planning. And, paradoxically, leisure travel can involve more planning than traveling for business. That travel-related work stands out as a centerpiece of the October...more

SEC Enters First Individual DPA

The SEC announced November 12 that it has entered its first DPA (deferred prosecution agreement) with an individual respondent. In a DPA, the SEC rewards substantial assistance to an important investigation by agreeing not to...more

Are DPAs Morally Suspect?

You know it is going to be a bad day when you are excoriated in public by a sitting federal district judge. It is even worse when the comments of that federal judge make it into one of the most prominent international...more

Hedge Fund Administrator Enters Into First Individual Deferred Prosecution Agreement With SEC

The SEC announced a deferred prosecution agreement, or DPA, with a former hedge fund administrator who helped the agency take action against a hedge fund manager who allegedly stole investor assets. According to the SEC’s...more

The Maxwell Technologies Fallout: The Alain Riedo Indictment For FCPA Violations

Today is the 82nd anniversary of the reporting to Alcatraz Prison of one of its most memorable residents; Al Capone. Capone was sent to prison for income tax evasion; in other words, it was a books and records violation,...more

A Farewell To Dr. Randolph And Making Your Compliance Program Effective

Dr. Henry Randolph died this week. He was a well-known expert in the field of dairy science. ...more

What Is ‘Acceptance Of Responsibility’ Under The US Sentencing Guidelines?

One of the things that I am often asked is how are fines and penalties calculated for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations? ...more

Significant FCPA Enforcement Actions In 2013 – Corporate

Last week I used the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg as a prism to look at present day compliance issues. Today I want to go in a different direction to introduce today’s topic....more

Litigation: The expanded role of courts in settling government investigations - A growing number of federal judges are closely...

Government investigations of companies typically end in settlements. These may be civil in nature, in which companies commonly agree to pay money and take remedial measures to deter and prevent the misconduct that the...more

A Mid-Year Assessment Of FCPA Enforcement (Part II Of II)

DOJ’s criminal enforcement of the FCPA was the story of the second quarter of 2013. ...more

SEC Announces Policy Shift on ‘Neither Admit Nor Deny’ Settlements

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a policy shift concerning settled enforcement actions. The SEC has indicated that certain defendants will have to admit wrongdoing as a condition of...more

Inside Baseball – SEC Enforcement Co-Chief Calls ‘Em Like He Sees ‘Em

Led by a new team of co-directors, the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is poised to create new initiatives dedicated to efficiency, greater staff discretion and specialized areas of focus....more

Federal Authorities Announce Major FCPA Settlement

On May 29, the DOJ and the SEC announced that a French oil and gas company will pay nearly $400 million to resolve allegations that the company made illegal payments through third parties to an Iranian official in exchange...more

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