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Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - July 2016

“Official Acts”—What They Are… and Are Not - Why it matters: On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court decided McDonnell v. U.S., holding that, for purposes of the federal public corruption statutes, an “official act”...more

The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review 2016: United Kingdom: handling internal investigations

With so much potentially at stake, the initial steps and strategic decisions taken in any company investigation are critical to setting the tone for a focused, credible and effective inquiry. This is paramount not only for...more

Deferred Prosecution and Corporate Criminal Prosecution: A Comparative Analysis

Abstract Deferred prosecutions are frequently used in the U.S. as an alternative to prosecution in cases of corporate crime. In England, the Crime and Courts Act of 2013 adopted the deferred prosecution approach to...more

Pharmaceutical Company Reaches Preliminary Agreement in Principle to Resolve DOJ and SEC Investigations

So On May 12, 2016, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced that it has reached “preliminary agreements in principle” with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to resolve the...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

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Year-End Update

Both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have continued their focus on anticorruption enforcement in 2015. Although there was a decline in enforcement...more

SEC Gives Board Chair a DPA for Failing to Correct Press Releases

The SEC alleges that Uni-Pixel Inc. began publicly touting sales of a touchscreen sensor product supposedly in speedy high-volume commercial production when in fact only a few samples had been manually completed. The...more

VimpelCom's Global FCPA Settlement - A Multinational Resolution

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands (OM) announced a coordinated criminal and civil Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Key Takeaways From This Year’s Early FCPA Enforcement Actions

February has been a big month for U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement. It started with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) quietly resolving a string of relatively small matters. Then, at the...more

VimpelCom Final Thoughts

Today, I conclude my exploration of the VimpelCom Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. As I said yesterday, this case will be studied for some time as a textbook example of bribery schemes used...more

Yates Memo in Action: No Cooperation Credit in FCPA Enforcement for Failing to Disclose Key Facts

A recent case illustrates both the ongoing corruption risks for U.S. companies doing business in developing countries such as China and the Government’s tougher stance on settling white collar crime cases. In this case, the...more

U.S. FCPA Enforcement in China: The SEC's First DPA with a Chinese Citizen

On February 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced their newest settlements regarding violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). The DOJ...more

PTC Settlement: Compliance Reminders for Internal Controls, Travel and Gifts

PTC, a Massachusetts software company, reached settlements with the SEC and DOJ last week for FCPA violations for a total of $28 million. Interestingly, the SEC announced a DPA with a PTC official who assisted in the...more

A 'Very Different Picture': Landmark FCPA Corporate Settlement After Relatively Slow 2015 Enforcement

When asked about the relatively slow year of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prosecutions in 2015, the Chief of the DOJ Criminal Division’s Fraud Section suggested last month: “one year isn’t long enough to tell the...more

The Carrot and the Stick: The SEC’s First Deferred Prosecution Agreement with an Individual in an FCPA Case

In a move that highlights both the increased focus on holding individuals accountable and the credit that can be earned through cooperation, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced last week that, for...more

VimpelCom Settles FCPA Case – Part I

In what can only be termed a stunning resolution, last week the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a resolution of a long-standing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) probe...more

Return of the Jedi (DOJ): The Vimpelcom Enforcement Action (Part I of II)

Welcome back to the Department of Justice and FCPA enforcement. After a lengthy hiatus, DOJ returned to the FCPA enforcement scene with a demonstration of its full capability, assuming certain individuals are prosecuted...more

Lessons from DOJ’s FCPA Resolution with PTC China: No Partial Self-Disclosure Credit

In 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) made more news for the corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases that it did not bring than for the two that it did bring: Nine times last year, DOJ declined to join...more

SEC Announces Its First Deferred Prosecution Agreement With an Individual in an FCPA Case

On February 16, 2016, the SEC announced its first ever deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with an individual in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) case. As part of a settlement in which a Massachusetts-based...more

SEC Enters Into First Deferred Prosecution Agreement with an Individual for FCPA Violation

The SEC has entered into its first deferred prosecution agreement with an individual in an FCPA case. One interesting fact is it’s hard to figure out what this person allegedly did that was wrong. The FCPA Professor notes the...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement 2016: In Like A Lamb, Out Like A Lion

In 2015, the U.S. Government significantly bolstered its resources dedicated to combat international corporate bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). By announcing the addition of a team of FCPA-dedicated...more

Standard Bank PLC: First U.K. Deferred Prosecution Agreement and Settlement with the SEC

On 30 November 2015, Standard Bank PLC (“Standard”) entered into the first ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) with the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) for failing to prevent bribery under the Bribery Act 2010. Standard...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for November 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month, with links to primary...more

Now the Only Path to an SEC DPA or NPA: Self-Reporting

One of the critical questions when evaluating a potential FCPA violation is to decide whether to disclose the matter to the Justice Department and the SEC. The SEC recently announced a requirement that companies to...more

UK Prosecutor Secures First Deferred Prosecution Agreement for Bribery

We consider the implications for corporations under UK and US law, and the future of global criminal and civil investigations. On November 26, 2015, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) secured its first Deferred...more

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