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Japanese Trading Company Pleads Guilty In DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action

On March 19, the DOJ announced that Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese trading company, agreed to plead guilty to violating the FCPA by participating in a seven-year scheme to bribe high-ranking government officials in...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Activity: 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Preview

The 2013 calendar year saw several significant developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) combined...more

Department of Justice Cites Poor Compliance Program and Lack of Cooperation in Extracting Significant FCPA Penalties in Marubeni...

The importance of a company’s response to a Department of Justice (“DOJ”) investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) was highlighted last week when Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”)...more

The Destruction Of Arthur Andersen And The Use Of DPAs In FCPA Enforcement

The debate over the efficiencies of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) continued this week with additional criticism of their use. I have argued that DPAs are in a corporation’s interest because they can bring certainty...more

FCPA Snapshot – 2013

SUMMARY - Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity in 2013 was robust, with DOJ and the SEC bringing 31 new FCPA enforcement actions, exceeding 2012’s total of 25. Total penalties amounted to more than...more

The Perils of Not Showing Up: Default Judgment Entered Against Two Former Siemens Executives for Record US$1.46 Million in...

On February 3, 2014, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a default judgment in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Sharef, et al. against two former Siemens...more

The SEC’s Enforcement Of An Elastic “Internal Controls” Requirement

The SEC knows that it has broad enforcement authority. In the FCPA arena, the SEC has civil authority over bribes, but more importantly, enforcement authority over books and records and internal controls. It is this latter...more

Private Fund Managers Be Aware: FCPA Enforcement Is Coming Your Way

The increased globalization of the private investment industry has given rise to an enhanced focus by U.S. prosecutors and regulators on rooting out corrupt business activities in private equity firms and hedge funds. As...more

Healthcare Enforcement Actions and Trends: 2013 Overview

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continued aggressive enforcement of the healthcare industry in 2013. Officials employed a variety of...more

Code Violations, Enforcement And “Broken Windows”

Sometimes our experiences provide important lessons that we can apply in our current job. As a federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia, criminologists were pushing the “broken windows” theory of law enforcement:...more

The FCPA And Fight Against Terrorism

I admit it took me awhile to finally get it. I have long wondered what could have caused the explosion in Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

SEC Chair: It Will Be A Busy Year For Enforcement

SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined the 2014 agenda for the SEC in recent remarks. SEC Chair Mary Jo White, 41st Annual Securities Regulation Institute, Coronado, California (Jan. 27, 2014)(here). Portions of the agenda focused...more

"Government Enforcement: Aggressive Efforts Continue Around the Globe"

Government enforcement efforts in 2013 produced major settlements of matters relating to the global financial crisis, high-profile insider trading convictions, near-record amounts of FCPA settlements, and new pledges of...more

The Sussex Vampyre And The ADM FCPA Settlement

Today I want to use the story of The Sussex Vampyre as the starting point for an inquiry into the recent Archer-Daniels-Midland Corp (ADM) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. In the story, Holmes receives...more

The So-Called Re-Emergence Of Gifts, Meals And Entertainment As A Compliance Problem

Forgive me for taking the FCPA Paparazzi to task but when they deserve it, they deserve it. A quick diversion — I often am asked by fellow bar members and commenters if I am referring to them as being a member of the...more

Law Firms Forecast Strong FCPA Enforcement in 2014

Three law firms — Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Shearman & Sterling — recently issued reports in which they anticipated vigorous enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) higher criminal...more

The Government’s Unrelenting Reliance On Anti-Kickback Prosecutions

Below the radar screen of aggressive FCPA enforcement, US Attorneys, HHS-OIG and State Attorney Generals are pushing an aggressive agenda using federal and state anti-kickback laws. It is hard to keep it all in perspective...more

Regrouping And Refocusing: 2013 FCPA Year-In-Review And Enforcement Trends For 2014

Following a relatively flat enforcement landscape and some bumps in the 2013 prosecutorial road, the Department of Justice (‘‘DOJ’’) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) appear poised to spring back into...more

Follow The Bouncing Ball – Tracking DOJ Investigations

Looking back on 2013, the Department of Justice and SEC had a strong enforcement year. It is interesting to analyze how prosecutors exercised their discretion – what industries were subjects of FCPA investigations? ...more

DOJ, SEC Announce Anti-Bribery Enforcement Actions Against U.S. Metals Firm

On January 9, the SEC and the DOJ announced the resolution of parallel FCPA enforcement actions against a major U.S. extractive industries firm and one of its subsidiaries. The actions related to improper payments to...more

Books And Records Flexes Its Muscles

FCPA practitioners pick through the pages and words underlying FCPA enforcement actions to look for clues, for new policies and government strategies. It is a worthwhile process – the government sends important messages in...more

The Compliance Crystal Ball—Top 10 Compliance Trends For 2014

It is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014. 1. Executive Order 13627 Changes Government Contracting - Want a government contract...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—A Look Back at 2012 and 2013

Over the last two years, enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) has remained a priority of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). That emphasis is likely to...more

Here We Come . . . Walking Down [Wall Street] – More “Aggressive” AML Enforcement On The Horizon

I always say that the government does not enforce the laws in secret – they tell business what they plan to do and then they carry it out. The announcement of an enforcement initiative is always followed by a series of press...more

SEC Reports Significant Drop in FCPA Enforcement for 2013

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) dropped to five actions in fiscal year 2013 from 15 in fiscal 2012 and 20 in fiscal 2011. The SEC's fiscal year ends September...more

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