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Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - March 2017

DOJ's New Guidance for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs - Why it matters: On February 8, 2017, the DOJ released, to little fanfare, a new guidance document entitled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs."...more

Justice Department Reveals How It Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section recently published its "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" that lists 1) the topics it explores and 2) the questions it asks when it assesses the effectiveness of a...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part I (and Farewell to Chuck Berry)

Last week I interviewed Susan Divers, Senior Advisor at LRN Corporation, on the company’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). The Report was a fascinating review of the evolution of compliance...more

DOJ’s Compliance Program Evaluation Guidance

The Justice Department’s recent guidance on compliance programs, consisting of 110 separate questions, organized around specific compliance topics, has raised a number of interesting procedural and substantive issues....more

The DOJ Expects “Third-Party Management” from Compliance Programs

2016 was a banner year for global anti-corruption enforcement: the U.S. government set records in terms of both the number of FCPA actions brought and the total dollar amount of related fines. Meanwhile, governments from...more

DOJ Extends FCPA Pilot Program

On Friday, March 10, Kenneth Blanco, the acting assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, announced that the FCPA Pilot Program would not expire on April 5, 2017, as originally scheduled....more

ZTE Is Assessed $1.19 Billion in Penalties for Criminal and Civil Violations of Export Control and Economic Sanctions Laws and...

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. government announced that China's Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and its affiliate, ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. (collectively "ZTE"), have agreed to a global settlement...more

FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions

Bass, Berry & Sims announces the release of its "FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions," a review of trends and developments in FCPA as well as a look ahead into what to expect for 2017. The newly released...more

With New Guidance, DOJ Signals What Companies Should Expect to Answer During FCPA Inquiries

Without fanfare or forewarning, the US Department of Justice released new anti-corruption compliance guidance on February 8, 2017. The eight page document provides rare insight into the government’s evaluation of corporate...more

The General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning run of 2016 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions right up to the end of the year with the announcement...more

DOJ Releases New Guidance on Compliance Programs

On February 8, 2017, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) quietly published pointed and specific guidance on how it assesses – and intends to assess – compliance programs in a report titled “Evaluation of...more

Parallel Universes: Antitrust Leniency and the FCPA Pilot Program

The world of science fiction can be exhilarating. If you ever read The Foundation Trilogy or Martian Chronicles, you know what I mean. The concept of parallel universes has always been an intriguing idea where believers can...more

Website Accessibility

Website accessibility continues to be a hot topic. Hundreds of businesses throughout the country have been sued in the past few years for failing to have accessible websites. Retail businesses have been the primary target;...more

First ‘Trial of the Century’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

Today I conclude my two-part series on the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), which agreed to pay a...more

New DOJ Evaluation – Valuable Document for the Compliance Practitioner: Part II

Yesterday I began a two-part series on the Department of Justice (DOJ’s) “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Evaluation) posted on the Fraud Section website late last week. The document is an 11-part list of...more

Individual Defense in the Shadow of Corporate Guilty Pleas

Recent corporate guilty pleas can be expected to have serious implications for the individual executives and employees alleged to have been involved in the conduct under scrutiny. But there are other factors at play in such...more

A ‘Most Daring Act’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

A most “daring act” seems to be a good way to introduce a multi-part look at the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de...more

Expanding HSR Gunjumping Enforcement: Swan Song, or Harbinger of What's to Come?

In a move that may not have stood up under the new administration, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division settled a matter during the last days of the Obama Administration which involved allegations of...more

Yikes: The Perils of Remediation and Corporate Monitors

The Justice Department has raised the stakes on anti-corruption compliance. In other words, DOJ prosecutors expect companies to have more sophisticated and mature compliance programs. If a company walks into the Justice...more

Trump has Opportunity to Restore Balance in Fair Lending Cases

Originally posted in American Banker - February 7th, 2017. With good cause, anxiety has been expressed regarding the direction of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division under the Trump...more

"DOJ Continues Streak of Successful Merger Challenges With Blocked Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna Deals"

In a continuation of recent Department of Justice (DOJ) successes challenging mergers, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently enjoined two more proposed mergers brought and litigated under the Obama...more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Anti-corruption

Focus on the US - Anti-corruption enforcement in the United States has changed dramatically in the past year and its future remains unclear. What direction will Attorney General Jeff Sessions take the US Department of...more

The Western Union DPA and the Need to Investigate One’s Own

The Western Union Company (“Western Union”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) on January 19th with the Department of Justice, based on alleged willful failures to maintain an effective AML program and the...more

You’re Fired: What Impact Will Sally Yates’ Departure Have on the DOJ’s Fraud Enforcement?

As most of the world now knows, President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates last week after she declined to defend the President’s travel ban. Dana Boente has replaced Ms. Yates, but he may not be long for the...more

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