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When The Government Chases the Tail of the Dog

Two recent white-collar cases are examples of a phenomenon that one tends to find when the defense is able to emerge victorious: a case with some core facts that simply do not fit the pattern of wrongdoing expected in the...more

SEC Can’t Pass On Pot Stock Puffery

Corporations facing federal securities suits can sometimes avoid liability by claiming that their forward-looking statements were so vague or indefinite that they could not have affected the company’s stock price and are...more

DOJ Enforcement to Trend Even More Towards White Collar?

On April 29, 2009, just weeks after being sworn in as the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer testified before Congress that “[t]he Administration believes Congress’s...more

Foreign Pink Sheets Companies and the FCPA

Penny stock companies have been much in the news recently. They can be tough entities for law enforcement to look into given that their officers and directors are often not inclined to cooperate with government...more

Firms Charged with Both Bribery and Financial Crime Hit Hardest by FCPA Enforcement

Although passed in 1977, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was not significantly enforced until 2005. Since then, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have made up for the...more

Risks of International Anti-Corruption Enforcement

White collar criminal investigations take time. Corruption investigations are no different. Everyone expected UK Bribery enforcement to quickly increase and cause complex headaches for companies operating in the global...more

Heads of SEC and FBI Address White-Collar Crime Enforcement Trends

Mary Jo White, chairwoman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), recently discussed enforcement trends and offered advice on how companies...more

DOJ Shifts Stance on False Statements Prosecutions - A Change That Could Have a Major Impact on Future White Collar...

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently adopted a more defense-friendly position on criminal prosecutions under a commonly used federal charging statute, Section 1001. This statute makes it a crime to "knowingly and...more

Building a Next-Generation Anti-Bribery & Corruption Compliance Program

Global companies face unprecedented third party risk in today’s landscape — third parties are involved in 90% of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases, and more companies are under investigation than ever before in the...more

FCPA Enforcement Continues To Focus on Internal Controls

Several recent multi-million dollar settlements with companies to resolve bribery violations illustrate how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is keeping its focus on internal controls and the accounting provisions...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending May 2, 2014)

Chair Mary Jo White testified before Congress this week. Her testimony focused on the budget, reviewing the recent work of the agency. The Commission brought a series of civil injunctive and administrative proceedings this...more

Regrouping And Refocusing: 2013 FCPA Year-In-Review And Enforcement Trends For 2014

Following a relatively flat enforcement landscape and some bumps in the 2013 prosecutorial road, the Department of Justice (‘‘DOJ’’) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) appear poised to spring back into...more

SEC Announces National Exam Program Priorities

The SEC National Examination Program announced its 2012 examination priorities. Those priorities are selected by senior staff from the National Exam Program’s offices along with senior SEC staff from the various Divisions and...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 1 • January 2014 (Global)

Invariably, the end of a calendar year brings “year-in-review” retrospectives on topics both major and mundane. Similarly, the start of a new calendar year is always accompanied by predictions and forecasts for the ensuing 12...more

The SEC: The Future Path of Enforcement (Conclusion)

Parts I and II of this series looked back at select cases brought by the Commission during 2013. Part III considered the projected path of SEC Enforcement based on remarks by members of the Commission and new initiatives....more

The SEC: The Future Path of Enforcement

SEC Enforcement is in transition. The agency has a new Chair, new Commissioners and a new Director of the Division of Enforcement. Aggressive new approaches have been outlined, building on the notion that the enforcement...more

Deputy AG Outlines Financial Crimes Enforcement Approach, Compliance Expectations

On November 18, at an American Bar Association/American Bankers Association conference on the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML), Deputy Attorney General (Deputy AG) James Cole challenged financial institutions’...more

UK Announces Policy Shift in Pursuing Corruption and Bribery

On October 7, the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the UK released a policy paper entitled, Serious and Organized Crime Strategy, in which the Secretary discussed the government’s strategy towards combating...more

The Global Anti-Corruption Perspective - October 2013

CHINA’S NEW WAVE OF REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT: WHAT MULTINATIONALS NEED TO KNOW - Since Xi Jiping became China’s leader this year, the PRC has seen the launch of an unprecedented, sweeping government campaign to tackle...more

SEC “Refocuses” On Accounting Fraud

It is almost a government rite of passage – when a new leader takes the reins, the chessboard has to be reorganized to reflect the new leader’s “new priorities.” When it comes to the SEC, and the new Chairwoman Mary Jo...more

Brazil And Its Commitment To Anti-Corruption Enforcement

It is too easy to ignore the impact that Brazil’s new anti-corruption law will have with a cynical brush of the hand in the air. It is too easy to dismiss Brazil’s commitment to the anti-corruption movement by suggesting...more

The FCPA on Steroids: Brazil Ups the Ante in Fighting Corporate Corruption

Recently, in the wake of massive protests throughout Brazil concerning corruption and other issues, Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff dramatically increased anti-corruption prohibitions in Brazil by signing into law the...more

Canada and the United States Join Hands to Hunt Down Securities Fraud: Double Exposure for Companies and Their Executives?

Companies facing the recent surge of regulatory change in the United States, particularly under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, now may have Canadian regulators to worry about as well. On June...more

Lessons Learned from the GlaxoSmithKline Bribery Investigation

The recent enforcement of Chinese anti-bribery laws against British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) highlights the compliance challenges faced by foreign companies operating in China....more

The Real Implications Of The Glaxo Enforcement Action In China

The headlines get worse and worse. More companies under investigation....more

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