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Knowing When to Fold — Arguing the FCPA’s Definition of “Foreign Official”

With lots of fanfare, Esquenazi and Rodriguez, and the usual suspects filed a cert petition and briefs in support of the appeal from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision affirming the lower court’s interpretation of...more

Court Decisions in the U.S. and China Bolster Law Enforcement’s Ability to Prosecute Global Corporate Corruption

On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)—the U.S. statute that criminalizes the bribing of foreign officials. The...more

Think Tanks Ask Supreme Court to Clarify Definition of “Foreign Official” in FCPA

Two think tanks, the Washington Legal Foundation and the Independence Institute, have filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of petitioners Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez, who were recently convicted of...more

Who’s a “Foreign Official”? Supreme Court Could Clarify Key FCPA Term

On August 14, 2014, Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez filed a Petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking clarification of a key term in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Among other arguments,...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Provides Long-Awaited Guidance Regarding Whether an Entity Should be Considered an ‘Instrumentality’ of a...

In a decision with significant implications regarding the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the framework for determining whether an...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 66-Visit with the FCPA Professor [Video]

In this episode I welcome back the FCPA Professor who gives his views on the Esquenazi decision, his recent book and his upcoming FCPA Institute....more

FinCrimes Update - Volume 1, Issue 3

On May 8, OFAC released enforcement information regarding “apparent violations” of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations by Canadian subsidiaries of a U.S. insurance company. The U.S. company self-reported 3,560 apparent...more

Esquenazi Appeal Confirms the Broad Reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

In last month’s closely watched Esquenazi decision, a U.S. court of appeal weighed in on the definition of “instrumentality” under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for the first time. The case—an appeal to the 11th...more

Eleventh Circuit Defines “Instrumentality” Under the FCPA

In a case of first impression for the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the court interpreted the term “instrumentality” of a foreign government in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The court used the...more

Federal Court of Appeals Addresses Oft-Debated Definition of "Instrumentality" Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On May 16, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals was the first federal appellate court to weigh in on the controversial definition of "instrumentality" under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In United States v....more

Anti-Corruption Digest

Anti-Corruption Digest is an update distributed on a monthly basis by Dorsey & Whitney providing a summary of the latest developments in anti-corruption enforcement activity around the world. In This Issue: -...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 22

In this issue: - Delaware Legislation Banning Fee-Shifting in Bylaws and Charters - CFTC Proposes to Amend De Minimis Threshold for Swaps with Utility Providers - CFTC Grants Recordkeeping Relief for...more

Court Issues Rare Guidance on When State-Owned Enterprises Are “Instrumentalities” of Foreign Governments

In United States v. Esquenazi, No. 11-15331 (11th Cir. May 16, 2014) the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently set forth a test for evaluating when the executives and employees of a company owned or...more

Eleventh Circuit Adopts Broad Definition of Government "Instrumentality" in Recent FCPA Case - Ruling Underscores the Need to...

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) makes it unlawful for a person or company to provide money or anything of value to any foreign official in order to obtain or retain business or to acquire an improper business...more

Eleventh Circuit Defines “Instrumentalities” of Foreign Government for the Purposes of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

In general, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits the payment of money or anything of value to a foreign official in order to influence any act or decision of the foreign official in his or her official...more

Episode 59-the Esquenazi Decision on Instrumentalities Under the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I discuss the Esquenazi Decision on Instrumentalities Under the FCPA...more

Court of Appeals Hands Down Landmark FCPA Ruling Defining the Term “Instrumentality”

Federal appellate court decisions interpreting the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) are rare. Very rare. Indeed, in the statute’s 36-year history there have been barely more than a handful of appellate court decisions...more

11th Circuit First To Define “Instrumentality” Under FCPA

On May 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit became the first circuit court to define “instrumentality” under the FCPA. U.S. v. Esquenazi, No. 11-15331 (11th Cir. May 16, 2014)....more

Esquenazi Opinion Extends Reach of FCPA, Adopting Broad Definition of “Instrumentality of a Foreign Government”

On May 16, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a highly anticipated decision construing the scope of the term “instrumentality” under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). See U.S. v....more

In First Ruling by a Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Adopts Broad Definition of “Foreign Instrumentality” under FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits bribing a “foreign official,” yet courts have rarely had the chance to weigh in on who exactly qualifies as a foreign official. Enforcement agencies have taken the position...more

Who Is a ‘Foreign Official’ under the FCPA? Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

Providing appellate guidance for the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit interpreted a key term defining the types of “foreign officials” subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and...more

Federal Appeals Court Defines “Instrumentality” Under FCPA

Federal appeals court provides a two-step “control” and “function” analysis for determining whether an entity qualifies as an “instrumentality” under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. On May 16, the U.S. Court of...more

"Eleventh Circuit Addresses Scope of FCPA Coverage of Activity Involving State-Controlled Business Enterprises"

On May 16, 2014, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provided the first appellate court interpretation of the reach of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to conduct involving...more

Esquenazi: DOJ Wins Appeal On “Instrumentality”

The 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals handed the Department of Justice a clear victory in the Esquenazi appeal. Esquenazi was sentenced to 15 years in jail for FCPA violations – the longest criminal sentenced imposed in a...more

Common Sense In The Definition Of ‘Instrumentality’ Under The FCPA

In what can only be called a judicial decision based on common sense the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an opinion released on May 16, upheld the convictions of Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez for violations of the...more

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