White Collar Crimes

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DOJ Focuses on Individuals in Corporate Wrongdoing

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has a new view in cases involving corporate wrongdoing (includingfraud and abuse, qui tam, and similar matters). And its gaze is focused squarely on rooting out and punishing the...more

Writing Effective and Clear Compliance Policies

In the press of compliance priorities, chief compliance officers have to prioritize what is important and what is not. In some respects, the task of a CCO is a continuous loop of prioritizing tasks. CCOs know that the job is...more

Blood on the Tracks Hits No. 1 and the Lessons Learned from SciClone

On this week in 1975, Bob Dylan’s 15th studio album, Blood on the Tracks, reached the Number 1 album slot on the Billboard charts. This was in spite of no song rising above the 31st slot on the single charts. It came out in...more

Germany-Based Software Company Settles Bribery Case with SEC for $3.7 Million

On February 1, the SEC agreed to a $3.7 million settlement with a Germany-based software company regarding allegations that it violated the FCPA regarding the payment and offer of bribes to senior Panamanian government...more

California-Based Pharmaceutical Company Settles with SEC Regarding FCPA Offenses in China

On February 4, the SEC settled FCPA allegations with a California-based pharmaceutical company with a cease and desist order finding that the company violated the FCPA’s anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls...more

SciClone Pharmaceuticals: A Textbook Case of FCPA Violations for Gifts, Meals, Entertainment and Travel

The Securities and Exchange Commission continues its steady march as the prominent FCPA enforcement agency against corporations.  The Justice Department has not brought any enforcement actions this year and continues to...more

Reflections on the SEC- FCPA Enforcement Action Against SAP

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement journey, which began last summer with the guilty plea of Vicente Garcia for the payment of bribes to obtain contracts in Panama for his employer, SAP International, ended...more

Digging Into Your Internal Controls

Corruption risks follow the money. If a company has effective controls over money, then the company has a good chance of mitigating corruption risks. A key indicator of a company’s internal controls is to ask if the...more

All The Way with LBJ – How Midnight Voting Informs a Malaysian Corruption Scandal

The political season is finally upon us, with the Iowa Caucuses starting the race to the White House. In honor of this election cycle commencement, we pay tribute the long and time-honored Southern tradition of midnight...more

Keep This Between Us—and the Government: Confidentiality of Witness Interviews in Corporate Internal Investigations

Internal investigations into suspected employee wrongdoing are particularly tricky for in-house counsel, who must protect corporate confidentiality, be mindful of regulatory reporting requirements, and respect labor...more

Prosecuting Individuals – The Coming Wave

When the Justice Department adopts new strategies and policies, it takes time for results. Rest assured, however, that the Justice Department’s focus on individual accountability is going to have real and significant...more

[Webinar] White Collar Crimes in Indo-U.S. context: Do’s and Don’ts - Meritas Capability Webinar - Feb. 3rd, 10:00am EST

While emerging markets represent untapped growth potential and investment opportunities, there is often a sharp contrast between global best practices and compliance requirements and accepted business practices prevalent in...more

Prosecuting CCOs v. Holding CCOs Accountable

There has been a lot written about CCOs fearing prosecution for compliance failures. Not to say there is no risk, but the truth lies really in the middle.  From my perspective, there is too much fear-mongering around this...more

Executives in Crosshairs for Corporate Violations

A new U.S. Department of Justice policy expands expectations for corporate cooperation in white collar investigations in ways that have profound implications for SEC-regulated entities such as broker dealers, investment...more

What to Do When You Are Served With a Search Warrant

Most business executives and officers lack the training and preparation to deal effectively with a search warrant. State and federal law enforcement agencies continue to increase their investigation and prosecution of...more

Second Circuit Broadens Scope Of Expert Testimony Admissible In White-Collar Fraud Trials

In United States v. Litvak, 14-2902, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of a securities trader after concluding that the district court erroneously excluded his proffered expert witnesses....more

Second Circuit Reverses Conviction in Bond Market Misrepresentation Case, but Endorses Government Theory of Materiality

On December 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the conviction of Jesse C. Litvak, a securities broker and trader at Jefferies & Company. Litvak had been convicted of various counts of...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

The Global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP takes great pride in announcing the Fall 2015 edition of The World in US Courts: Orrick’s Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law To Global Business and...more

White Collar Enforcement Omnibus Edition—Cyber Crimes, Sanctions and Spoofing, Oh My!

Why it matters: Since our last newsletter, a lot has been going on in white collar enforcement… so much so that we decided to devote an entire newsletter to it. It was a month of superlatives. The DOJ and the SEC announced...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.1.15

The move’s been in the works for some time, but it was still a big deal yesterday when then IMF officially added China’s renminbi to its designation as an approved world reserve currency. The renminbi—also known as the...more

White Collar Crime in Europe Themes and Trends: November 2015

There continues to be an increasing appetite amongst authorities around the world to investigate corporates and banks for a range of criminal offices. Governments are also introducing new criminal offences aimed at...more

High Court Reaffirms the Broad Scope of Legal Advice Privilege

In a High Court ruling on 5 November 2015, Mr. Justice Snowden helpfully reaffirmed the established precedent that legal advice privilege is not confined to telling the client the law: it may also attach to factual updates...more

Cooperation, Leniency, Internal Investigations, Self-Incrimination, Privilege and All That Jazz

I recently attended a Fraud Conference in Miami where I heard a French lawyer insisting that since he was a defence advocate, his job was to defend his clients against fraud allegations, not to prosecute them. Instead of...more

Yet Another Revision of the Justice Department’s Requirements for Corporations to Obtain Cooperation Credit in Criminal...

On September 9, 2015, Justice Department Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates issued a memorandum titled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing.” The “Yates Memo,” as it has become known, outlined six specific...more

DOJ Hires Compliance Expert: Now Is The Time To Assess Your Compliance Program – Does It Have Teeth Or Is It Merely A Paper Tiger?

On November 2, 2015, Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ"), announced the hiring of a new corporate compliance counsel, Hui Chen, who will act as an...more

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