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Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2016

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Year-End Update

Both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have continued their focus on anticorruption enforcement in 2015. Although there was a decline in enforcement...more

Government & Internal Investigations Advisory: DOJ’s New FCPA Pilot Program Provides Roadmap for “Cooperation”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 5 announced a new, one-year pilot program for companies to self-report Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. The announcement comes amid other increased FCPA enforcement...more

Good News: The Feds Can’t Freeze Your Assets to Stop You from Hiring a Lawyer

There are limits to what the government can take from you. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Constitution forbids the government from freezing a defendant’s “untainted” assets in advance of prosecution. The ruling is...more

New FCPA Self-Reporting Pilot Program Formalizes Rewards but Relies on Discretionary Implementation

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice unveiled a one-year pilot program designed to encourage companies to self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the FCPA). Built upon the Department’s September 9,...more

New DOJ Guidance and FCPA Pilot Program – Part III: Ongoing Remediation

I continue my exploration of the implications from the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement last week of a new program around Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FPCA) enforcement, the “Pilot Program”. Contemporaneously, the...more

New DOJ Guidance and FCPA Pilot Program, Part I-Introduction

Last week the Department of Justice (DOJ) held a Press Conference, open to all, led by Andrew Weissmann and Leslie Caldwell. At this Press Conference, they announced the culmination of several ongoing initiatives into a new...more

Is Confession Good for the Corporate Soul?: DOJ announces new mitigation credit for self-disclosure of FCPA violations

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Fraud Section Chief, Andrew Weissmann, issued a memo (the “Weissmann Memorandum”) announcing a one-year Pilot Program that offers a carrot and stick approach to...more

DOJ Announces Pilot Program to Standardize Cooperation Credit in FCPA Cases

The Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division has announced a new initiative to motivate companies to self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cooperate with the...more

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Encourage Corporate Voluntary Disclosure and Cooperation

On April 5, 2016, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Criminal Division issued an enforcement plan and guidance (the Guidance) laying out three steps it is taking to intensify Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

DOJ Fraud Section Offers Super Credit in FCPA Pilot Program

This week, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a pilot program that extends additional “mitigation credit” to qualifying companies that “fully cooperate” in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt...more

Supreme Court Clarifies That Untainted Assets Cannot Be Frozen Pre-Trial By The Government

Last week the Supreme Court further clarified the procedures and limits regarding the government’s ability to freeze assets in connection with criminal prosecutions. Following the 2014 decision in Kaley v. United States,...more

DOJ’s “Half Off” Deals for Self-Reporting FCPA Misconduct: Certain Exclusions Apply, See Below for Details

For the next year, the Justice Department may be offering up to a 50% discount on fines imposed in FCPA cases. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division announced the launch of a one-year pilot...more

Supreme Court Holds Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel Limits Pre-Trial Asset Freezing

Last week the Supreme Court in Luis v. United States, No. 14-419, 578 U.S. __ (2016) limited the government’s reach to freeze a criminal defendant’s assets before trial or other judicial proceedings. Justice Breyer, writing...more

Criminal Division Launches New FCPA Pilot Program

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice upped the ante in its efforts to encourage companies to self-report potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) violations when it unveiled a one-year pilot program that...more

DOJ Criminal Division Announces FCPA Pilot Program

The pilot program appears to put a tangible number on the potential amount of reduction in sanctions for cooperation, but in reality is not all that “new.” On April 5, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a...more

Supreme Court: Government Cannot Restrain Untainted Assets

Since the Supreme Court handed down its decisions in U.S. v. Monsanto, 491 U.S. 600 (1989) and Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered v U.S., 491 U.S. 617 (1989) is has been well established that a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #6

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision on March 30, 2016: - Luis v. United States, No. 14-419: Petitioner Sila Luis was charged with various health care related crimes. Pursuant to a federal...more

Supreme Court Rules Against Freezing "Untainted" Assets

In a ruling that could have far-reaching implications for criminal defendants’ right to counsel of their choice, the Supreme Court decided on March 30, 2016 that the government cannot freeze “untainted” assets that are not...more

The Myth of the Rogue Employee

Humans by nature seek to avoid uncomfortable feelings, events and situations. When a company suffers misconduct, the same principle holds true. Corporate actors, defense lawyers and board members will always minimize the bad...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 2016

Within Burr & Forman's footprint, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee have passed statutes exempting Health Savings Account ("HSA") contributions from a debtor's bankruptcy estate. To date, the state of Georgia has not passed...more

Changing Culture: the Exxon Valdez in Safety and 1MDB in Compliance

Before there was the BP oil well blow out in the gulf, the greatest US environmental disaster was the Exxon Valdez, which ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska, some 27 years ago on this date....more

Corporate Directors in the Enforcement Cross-Hairs

We have all been reading (over and over) about the Yates Memorandum and the renewed focus on individual culpability. As I have said (over and over), the proof will be in the results – if we see an increased number of criminal...more

The Importance of Understanding “Corrupt” Intent

All generalizations are false, including this one — Mark Twain Proving intent is a difficult task. White collar crimes turn on the issue of intent – what was in the offender’s mind. With most things in life, people have mixed...more

Prog Rock Week – Part V: Pink Floyd and VW’s Trip the Dark Side of the Moon

There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.” If you went to college in the 70s or 80s (or maybe even the 90s) you know what the next album is, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. For in the...more

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