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Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Brazil is in High Gear

Headlines of Brazil’s push to fight corruption are everywhere. The Petrobras scandal involves contracts worth billions of dollars, and prosecutors have uncovered a U.S. connection. The public is outraged and has called for...more

The High Cost of an FCPA Violation

Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can lead to hefty penalties. Indeed, individuals who violate the FCPA, and their employers, could be on the hook for a variety of penalties described below. Companies...more

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

DOJ and SEC Announce Parallel Action Against Former Investment Banking Analyst and Two Individuals for Alleged Involvement in...

On August 25, the DOJ unsealed an indictment charging three defendants each with (i) one count of conspiracy to commit securities and tender offer fraud; (ii) 13 counts of securities fraud; (iii) 13 counts of tender offer...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2015

Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Business Litigation Report - August 2015

Extradition for U.S. Antitrust Crimes: An Anomaly or the New Normal? - In April 2014, Germany extradited Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, to the United States to face criminal charges related to his alleged...more

5 Takeaways From Former SAP Exec's FCPA Case

On Aug. 12, 2015, Vincente Garcia (former head of Latin American sales for SAP International Inc.) pled guilty in federal court in San Francisco to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition to pleading...more

Farewell to Chocolate Thunder, Baylor Football and Due Diligence

Daryl Dawkins died yesterday. To anyone who followed the National Basketball League (NBA); Dawkins will always be remembered with the brilliant Stevie Wonder-derived moniker – Chocolate Thunder. I will also remember him for...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Israel Beware – Trends in Enforcement

Intuitively, Israeli companies and their directors would likely assume that their businesses are immune to investigation and the assessment of penalties by US regulators that are separated by a vast ocean and located more...more

You Don’t Have to be a Hero Not to Pay a Bribe

Sometimes a hero can make a difference. But you do not have to be a John Wayne type-hero to make such a difference. The reason is the world is made up of real people and John Wayne heroes only exist in the movies. Even in the...more

SEC, DOJ Charge Investment Bank Analyst With Insider Trading

The SEC and the Department of Justice announced insider trading charges against a former investment banker and his long time friend centered on two deals. The SEC’s complaint also named a third person alleged to have been a...more

DOJ’s Warning to High-Tech Companies: SAP Official Pleads Guilty To FCPA Violation

When DOJ acts, they like to make a splash. While the FCPA Paparazzi have been lamenting the “slow down” in FCPA enforcement actions and the increase in case closings, DOJ still makes its mark when it acts, and I expect more...more

Give & Take: The Case for a Better G&E Compliance Program

Part One: Setting The Foundation - Why Does G&E Matter? Tony Robbins once said, “Every problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow.” In the compliance arena, the reverse also applies, as many gifts can...more

SEC Promotes Value of Cooperating Witnesses

Change does not occur overnight. The SEC, as much as any other government agency, has touted its hiring of former prosecutors and use of aggressive investigation tactics. I always took those statements with a grain of salt –...more

Former SAP Exec Pleads Guilty to FCPA Violations

On August 12, 2015, Vincente Garcia (former head of Latin American sales for SAP International, Inc.) pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In addition to...more

Former SAP Executive Pleads Guilty to Paying “Necessary” Bribes

On August 12, the DOJ and SEC announced joint enforcement actions against software giant SAP International’s former head of Latin American sales, Vicente Garcia. Garcia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the FCPA and...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #3

Hackers and Traders Charged by SEC and Department of Justice in International Securities Fraud Scheme - The computer servers of three major newswire companies were allegedly hacked as part of an elaborate illicit...more

Orthofix Deferred Prosecution Agreement Extended for Two Months

In a recently-filed status report, the DOJ and medical device manufacturer Orthofix revealed that the company’s Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) will be extended by two months. The DPA was due to expire on July 17, 2015,...more

July FCPA Compliance Digest | Bonus: Global Anti-Corruption News

July was a quiet month for FCPA compliance news. There were some rumors that the SEC and DOJ were in the process of revising A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, but unfortunately The FCPA Blog shut down...more

SDNY Enjoins SEC Administrative Proceeding

In Duka v. SEC, the District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a preliminary injunction to enjoin an SEC administrative proceeding because the proceeding is “likely unconstitutional.” The court gave the same...more

Cymbeline – Doing Virtue and FCPA Compliance

Commentators still level the hue and cry that it is somehow the fault of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that companies continue to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Supreme Court Called Upon to Review the Newman Case and Address Insider Trading Liability

The Supreme Court is very likely to enter into the fray over the Second Circuit’s controversial Newman decision concerning insider-trading liability. The government has filed a petition for certiorari, and the stakes are...more

Social Media Week Part VI – Social Media and CCO 3.0

I conclude this exploration of the uses of social media in doing compliance by exploring why the compliance function is uniquely suited to using social media tools. Long gone are the days when Chief Compliance Officers (CCO)...more

Vantage Drilling Self-Reports Potential FCPA Violation

On August 4, Vantage Drilling Company, an international offshore drilling contractor, acknowledged that an overseas agent had entered into plea discussions with Brazilian authorities and provided evidence in the ongoing...more

DOJ Hires Compliance Counsel to Assist in Charging Decisions

New Compliance Counsel Will Assess Effectiveness of Corporate Compliance Programs - Last week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed it is hiring a compliance counsel to assist DOJ prosecutors in assessing the...more

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