Voluntary Disclosure

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DOJ Establishes Voluntary Self-Disclosure Program for Criminal Violations of U.S. Economic Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 2, 2016, the National Security Division (NSD) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) established a formal, voluntary self-disclosure program for criminal violations of U.S. economic sanctions and export controls...more

US Department of Justice Guidance Seeks to Encourage Voluntary Self-Disclosure of Export Controls and Sanctions Violations

The Guidance parallels the DOJ approach under the FCPA, but does not specify the value of mitigation and may create contradictory incentives. The National Security Division (NSD) of the US Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

AAG Caldwell Touts Success of FCPA Enforcement and Pilot Program

In a speech last week, Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell touted the success of the FCPA Pilot Program. AAG Caldwell outlined the success of the FCPA enforcement program, listing many of the...more

DOJ Publishes Guidance Encouraging Voluntary Self-Disclosures, Full Cooperation and Timely and Appropriate Remediation

On Oct. 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), National Security Division (NSD) published Guidance setting forth its policy of encouraging business organizations to voluntarily self-disclose criminal violations of...more

Ad hoc Local Leniency Application Makes the Difference: The Italian Council of State Upholds the Administrative Court of Lazio...

On 20 October 2016, the Italian Council of State (the “Council of State”) upheld the judgment of the Administrative Court of Lazio (“TAR”) on the cartel in the sector of international road freight forwarding to and from Italy...more

DOJ Publishes Guidance Concerning Voluntary Disclosure of Willful Export Controls and Sanctions Violations

The National Security Division (NSD) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued guidance documenting its policy regarding the voluntary self-disclosure (VSD) of potentially criminal violations of the export...more

Lessons Learned from the FCPA Pilot Program's First Six Months

The guidance issued by the DOJ in connection with the Pilot Program and recent declinations state that disclosure, remediation and cooperation are essential to any favorable resolution with the government. Six months...more

DOJ Applies “Declinations with Disgorgement” in the FCPA Context

Breaking new ground, the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued two “declinations with disgorgement” to two companies accused of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. These declinations, released under the...more

Double Play, Double Declinations: DOJ Pushes FCPA Pilot Program Benefits

DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program was panned when it was announced in April 2016. Critics contended that the incentive for voluntary disclosure of FCPA violations to DOJ was inadequate....more

Declinations and Profits Disgorgement – It Was There All Along

Last week there were two declinations issued by Department of Justice (DOJ) for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters. The matters involved two Texas based, privately held companies. The first was HMT LLC (HMT) which...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s One-Year “Pilot Program” Nears The Halfway Mark

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits both United States and foreign corporations and nationals from offering or paying, or authorizing the offer or payment, of anything of value to a foreign government...more

The Top 10 Things you Need to Know About Voluntary Disclosures and Government Refunds

In February 2016, CMS issued the highly anticipated Final Rule on reporting and returning Medicare Part A and B overpayments. The Final Rule was meant to clear up some of the confusion among providers regarding such...more

Municipal Bond Actions May Be about to Get Ugly

Back in the 1970s, SEC Enforcement Director Stanley Sporkin had a problem. He had stumbled onto what looked like a vast number of illicit payments from public companies to people who shouldn’t have been receiving them,...more

Yates, Whistleblowers and FCPA Pilot Project: Re-Examining Your Internal investigation Protocols

Companies face an ever-changing constellation of risks, enforcement priorities and demands for internal controls and compliance program elements. As more resources are poured into government enforcement programs, companies...more

Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Introduced

As the food and beverage industry trends toward products and practices that promote consumer choice and transparency, the Beer Institute has recently announced a new Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (the “Initiative”), which...more

CRA Provides OTIP Update

The CRA’s Offshore Tax Informant Program (OTIP) was launched in January 2014. From the CRA’s webpage describing the program: Launched as part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) efforts to fight international tax...more

Headlines from Mid-Year FCPA Enforcement Review

Just to add my voice to the cottage industry surrounding FCPA enforcement and compliance, I wanted to take a deep breath and offer some observations on FCPA enforcement in 2016. There are a few significant headlines...more

MSRB: No Attempts to Mandate Bank Loan Disclosure…For Now

Following its July 27-28, 2016 quarterly board meeting, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) has announced that it will not pursue new regulations to mandate disclosure of bank loan information by municipal...more

The Power of a Justice Department Declination

Tom Fox and I recorded a podcast recently on the Johnson Controls enforcement action. In our podcast we discuss a number of issues relating to the Justice Department’s decision to reward Johnson Controls with a declination....more

Enforcement Week V: Three-Month Pilot Program Wrap Up

Today, I end my exploration of recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions (and one UK Bribery Act enforcement issue), which have occurred since the enactment of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Pilot...more

ITAR For Government Contractors: Revised For Recent Amendments

One of the most important areas of regulation for defense contractors is the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). ITAR are the State Department controls that regulate the defense industry. Companies regulated...more

DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program Keeps Heat on Individuals

In April, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a one-year pilot program offering certain violators of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) the possibility of reduced sanctions on top of any credit provided for by the...more

The Yates Memo, Ten Months Later: What We Know and What To Do

Although the Yates Memo is now ten months old, senior executives and in-house counsel still do not have clarity about how the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) will apply the Memo’s principles to corporate investigations. On...more

Disclosing bribery conduct not an easy decision for US companies

While the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC's ) recent announcement of two non-prosecution agreements (NPAs) with Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Akamai) and Nortek, Inc. (Nortek) in matters involving books and records...more

The First Ninety Days of the FCPA Unit’s Pilot Program

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) introduced a yearlong “Pilot Program” to guide the conduct of investigations and prosecutions pursuant to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Announced by Assistant...more

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