Jurisdiction The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

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DOJ Loses Argument for FCPA Jurisdiction Based Merely on Accessory Liability

A U.S. District Court has rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to assign FCPA liability to a foreign citizen based on the “accomplice liability” theory sketched out in DOJ’s public guidance. On August 13, 2015, the...more

Federal Judge Rejects DOJ’s Theory of FCPA Accomplice Liability

On August 13, 2015, a US district judge dismissed a charge seeking to hold a defendant criminally liable for conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) if he is not a principal or agent of a US domestic...more

Federal Judge Rejects Government's Accomplice Theory of FCPA Liability

The ruling stands as a blow to the government’s long-held view that non-resident foreign nationals are subject to the FCPA if they conspire with or aid and abet a person or entity otherwise subject to the...more

Federal Court Rejects Invalid Theory of FCPA “Accomplice” Liability

The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut recently held that a non-resident foreign national cannot be subject to criminal liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when the defendant is...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 167-Mara Senn on the Top 10 Practices in a Cross-Border Investigation [Video]

In this episode I visit with noted white collar practitioner Mara Senn who discusses her top 10 best practices when conducting cross-border investigations. ...more

FCPA: Anti-Bribery Provisions

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) addresses the problem of international corruption in two ways: (1) the anti-bribery provisions prohibit individuals and businesses from bribing foreign government officials in order to...more

DOJ Guidance Underscores Importance of Anti-corruption Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions

FCPA Opinion Release provides insight into the jurisdictional reach of the FCPA and the level of due diligence the DOJ expects. On November 7, 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its second and final...more

DOJ Is Moving Away From The Halliburton Opinion

The U.S. Department of Justice just issued its most recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act opinion release, only the second in 2014. The requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to...more

DOJ’s Second Opinion Release of 2014: Is DOJ Evolving Away from the Halliburton Opinion Standard?

The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) just issued its most recent FCPA Opinion Release, only the second in 2014. The Requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to whether...more

Recent FCPA Enforcement Actions: The Layne Christensen Case and SBM Offshore

The Fourth Quarter of 2014 has been a busy one for DOJ and SEC in the FCPA arena. We are all praying that DOJ and SEC resolve the Avon case soon so that we do not have to include the case on our lists for predictions for...more

How Can Global Corporations Afford (or Afford Not) To Employ Professional Language Solution Providers

It seems like a daily occurrence that news organizations and blogs (this one included) report that global corporation XYZ, Inc. has run afoul of FCPA statutes somewhere in the world. The next few paragraphs will recount the...more

Risks of International Anti-Corruption Enforcement

White collar criminal investigations take time. Corruption investigations are no different. Everyone expected UK Bribery enforcement to quickly increase and cause complex headaches for companies operating in the global...more

Business Litigation Report -- April 2014

In This Issue: -- Main Article: DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction -- Noted With Interest: Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Aim to Lessen Burden of Discovery --...more

DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction

Enacted in 1977 in response to the revelation of widespread bribery of foreign officials by U.S. companies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA” or “the Act”) was “intended to halt those corrupt practices, create a level...more

FCPA Jurisdiction: The Courts Weigh In

Introduction - The jurisdictional reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (‘‘FCPA’’) is famously long. U.S. regulators have claimed that the statute applies to U.S. and foreign corporations; U.S. nationals anywhere...more

Total Switches To Settle Rather Than Fight

For anyone who grew up in the 1960s, I am sure that you remember the touchstone slogan for Tareyton cigarettes, “I’d rather fight than switch”. ...more

Corruption in The Energy Sector: Criminal Fines, Civil Judgments, And Lost Arbitrations

Synopsis - This article examines the anti-bribery legislation of three countries, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The legislation of the three countries is compared and virtually all the criminal...more

Second Highest Penalty in FCPA History Comes with a Caution from the Bench about the Limits of the Act’s Jurisdiction

In Brief - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act covers a nearly boundless range of business conduct by issuers and their agents in an ever more global world. Yet the contrast in sentences handed down in two recent FCPA...more

Limiting The FCPA’s Reach — Squaring Two Recent Decisions

You can always count on the FCPA paparazzi. When things are quiet in the FCPA world, they will take a mountain and turn it into a molehill. They have nothing better to write about; they have nothing better to focus on then...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 22, 2013


"Anti-Corruption Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions: Implementing a Risk-Based Approach"

Anti-corruption issues continue to present significant risks in acquisition and investment transactions because regulators continue robust enforcement in this area and emerging markets often present the greatest economic...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Global Litigation

New legal ground is expected to be broken this year in areas of importance to companies and their directors, officers and executives. We see those developments coming from around the globe and defining the litigation...more

The Allianz FCPA Enforcement Action – What the Compliance Practitioner Needs to Know

Who is your favorite character from the Iliad? Is it Agamemnon the king who brings the Greek Armada to Troy for his brother’s honor; perhaps Ajax the mountain of a man who is the most loyal Greek warrior; how about Achilles...more

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