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Update on the SEC's MCDC Initiative

Many issuers and other obligors of tax-exempt bonds (Issuers) have asked about the status of the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation initiative (MCDC). Much attention has been directed to the February 2,...more

SEC Settles With 14 Municipal Bond Underwriters

The SEC filed fourteen settled actions against municipal underwriting firms this week. The settlements were part of a program that commenced in 2014 called the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative. The...more

First DPA in the U.K. Signals Britain is Serious About Bribery & Corruption

Late last year, ICBC Standard Bank Plc, a U.K.-based financial institution with operations around the world, agreed to pay a $37 million fine and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with British financial...more

"US Enforcement Authorities Tighten Post-Settlement Scrutiny of Financial Institutions"

Last year, financial institutions continued to settle in record numbers with federal and state criminal and civil authorities in areas including benchmark interest rate manipulation, economic sanctions and anti-money...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement 2016: In Like A Lamb, Out Like A Lion

In 2015, the U.S. Government significantly bolstered its resources dedicated to combat international corporate bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). By announcing the addition of a team of FCPA-dedicated...more

EPA Launches eDislcosure for Self-Reporting Violations

As expected and last reported in our June 2015 blog, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 9, 2015, launched eDisclosure — EPA’s updated, electronic voluntary audit and disclosure reporting system. Under...more

EPA Launches eDisclosure Portal to Modernize Self-Reporting

Under EPA’s long-standing Audit Policy and Small Business Compliance Policy, companies that discover, disclose, and correct environmental violations may be entitled to penalty mitigation and other benefits. On December 9,...more

VW Scandal Bears Out Emphasis on “Culture of Compliance”

Last week, VW blamed its “culture” for allowing “individual misconduct” that lead to the emissions-testing-evasion scandal engulfing the company. It reminded me of a couple of corporate-compliance mantras and of DOJ’s recent...more

Now the Only Path to an SEC DPA or NPA: Self-Reporting

One of the critical questions when evaluating a potential FCPA violation is to decide whether to disclose the matter to the Justice Department and the SEC. The SEC recently announced a requirement that companies to...more

Cooperation: SEC Misses An Opportunity to Define What Is Expected, What is Gained

The SEC regularly touts the benefits of cooperation, encouraging companies and individuals to self-report and cooperate with its investigations. Since cooperation is typically tied to the facts and circumstances of the case,...more

Viewpoints - Issue 24 - A Dialogue with Andrew Ceresney

On October 7, 2015, members of the Lead Director Network (LDN) were joined by chief legal officer and general counsel (GC) guests in Washington, DC, for a discussion with Andrew Ceresney, director of the Division of...more

Takeaways From UK's 1st Deferred Prosecution Agreement

In a judgment published on Nov. 30, Lord Justice Brian Leveson approved the first deferred prosecution agreement in the U.K., which was negotiated between the Serious Fraud Office and ICBC Standard Bank PLC. Lord Justice...more

Global Anti-Corruption Perspective: A Signal of Further Reform: China Amends Its Anti-Bribery Laws – Key Highlights

The Ninth Amendment to China’s Criminal Law, introducing a new bribery offense and revising anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) provisions of the law, is now in effect. The ABAC provisions are much wider in coverage than...more

First UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement Agreed by SFO

At a hearing on November 30, 2015, Southwark Crown Court approved the first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in the UK. DPAs have been available for use by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) since February 2014, following...more

SEC Policy Change: Voluntary Disclosure Now Required for DPA/NPA Resolutions in FCPA Cases

New SEC policy requires companies to self-report FCPA violations in order to be eligible for deferred prosecution agreements and non-prosecution agreements....more

UK Bribery: For Cooperating Companies, Virtue Has At Least Some Rewards

On Monday 30 November, an English court approved a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) between the Serious Fraud Office and Standard Bank, in connection with payments made in Tanzania. This was the first DPA approved by the...more

2015 FERC Enforcement Report Confirms Increase in Enforcement and Audit Activity as FERC Faces Unprecedented Number of Litigated...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC”) Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) issued its 2015 Report on Enforcement (“Report”) on November 19, 2015. The Report summarizes FERC’s enforcement efforts during the...more

Recent FCA Commentary on Internal Investigations by Firms

On November 6, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a speech by Jamie Symington, director in enforcement (wholesale, unauthorized business and intelligence), on FCA-regulated firms’ internal investigations of...more

The SEC and DOJ Discuss Self-Reporting – Cooperation

Self-reporting and cooperation were key topics for the SEC and the DOJ in recent remarks at an FCPA conference. SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney, and Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell both addressed American...more

SEC Says Self-Reporting Required for Deferred Prosecution or Non-Prosecution Agreement

At a recent conference focused on FCPA matters, Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement, focused on the benefits of self-reporting and cooperating with the SEC on FCPA matters. Mr. Ceresney noted that the...more

A New FCPA Policy May Be Coming, but Questions Remain

Just a week after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) introduced its new Compliance Counsel, and just a month after the DOJ issued the “Yates memo,” it is now being reported that the DOJ is considering a new policy that...more

Foreign Bribery: The Inquiry Briefing Paper on the Senate into Australia's Foreign Bribery Scheme

The Commonwealth Senate Standing Committee on Economics is conducting an inquiry into the scope and effectiveness of existing Australian measures to address foreign bribery. It is due to deliver its report in July 2016....more

Latest Developments in Corruption Enforcement in China

The past quarter has been an active one for Chinese government enforcement activities, and the year ahead promises more of the same. Recent developments include: the strengthening of Chinese bribery laws, increased action...more

Another Round of Favorable SEC Settlements, But Only for Underwriters that Self-Reported

The SEC has rolled out its second wave of enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriting firms for alleged securities violations in municipal bond offerings in connection with its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure...more

CFPB Issues RESPA and Marketing Services Agreements Compliance Bulletin

On October 8, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a compliance bulletin concerning marketing services agreements (MSAs) under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). RESPA - RESPA...more

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