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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

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

Clean Hands, Smart Deals: A primer on complying with foreign anti-bribery laws

With the approaching financial year-end and the consequences of external audits, along with the new and increased risk of individual liability executives face in light of the recent Department of Justice “Yates Memorandum”,...more

The Petrobras Scandal Reaches Into Texas

As Houston is still the epicenter of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement world, it is probably not too surprising that the Petrobras scandal has reached the Lone Star state. This week there were two reports...more

A Philosopher’s Guide to Compliance

One of my favorite weekly reads is the Texas Lawyer Candid Mentor column by Michael P. Maslanka. He recently did an article, entitled “Applying Ancient Wisdom to Modern Problems”, where he channeled some very ancient wisdom...more

New sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter, food safety & hygiene offences

On 3 November 2015 the Sentencing Council published the long awaited Definitive Guideline for the Sentencing of Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene offences. For the first time, courts in...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2015

We are pleased to share with you the first issue of Manatt's Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup. The newsletter will be published on a monthly basis and will survey topics of critical importance to the retail,...more

DOJ Sharpens Focus on Corporate Compliance in Deciding Whether to Prosecute Companies

One of the factors that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) considers in deciding whether to bring charges against a corporation is the existence and effectiveness of the corporation’s pre-existing compliance program. On...more

Justice Department Charges Pharma President with Kickback Conspiracy

In the public relations battle following the issuance of the Yates Memo, the Justice Department can now cite one example for the new policy – the recent arrest and charging of Carl Reichel, former President of Warner...more

Homeland, Brazilian Clean Companies Act Guidance and the Need for Accurate Translations in FCPA Compliance

He used to work in the movie business so you might think the production crew of the Showtime series Homeland would just give him a call. After all he is fast becoming known as ‘the translations guy’ in the Foreign Corrupt...more

Layla and Other Love Songs and Risk Assessments

On this date in October 1971, Duane Allman died. He was the co-founder, along with his brother Greg, of the Allman Brothers Band. For my money he was one of the greatest guitarists of all time. At the time of his death, the...more

Yates Memo Discussed at Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress

As readers of Health Law and Policy Matters know, we have covered recent developments in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) commitment to prosecuting individuals involved in corporate misconduct. A flurry of activity on...more

Focus on China - October 2015

Welcome to the third issue of Focus on China Compliance for 2015. According to the FCPA Blog’s October 2015 Corporate Investigations List, China leads the countries reported to be involved in FCPA investigations with 29...more

Defrauded Defendant Defenseless Against Investors: Ninth Circuit Imputes Scienter of Embezzling CEO to Corporation for 10b-5...

Malfeasance by a corporate insider against his company has the potential to leave a gaping wound. Facing a securities lawsuit due to that malfeasance is like salt in that wound. Corporations targeted with such lawsuits have...more

Building a Due Diligence Infrastructure (Part IV of IV)

A due diligence infrastructure is designed to demonstrate a company’s good faith commitment to compliance with anti-corruption laws by: identifying corruption risks; and mitigating such risks to ensure that the company does...more

The Top Ten Things Every Commercial Litigator Must Know About the Fifth Amendment

Invoking the Fifth Amendment privilege is not just for scenes from Law & Order or Better Call Saul. These days commercial cases, especially those involving individual defendants, are commonly filled with claims that have...more

Good-Bye to Maureen O’Hara and How to Drive Compliance into the DNA of Your Company

Maureen O’Hara died this week. To anyone who has ever watched The Quiet Man on St. Patrick’s Day, she will always be known as Mary Kate Danaher, who was pursued and eventually wed by John Wayne. Testament to the fiery...more

Whom Should You Suspend During an Internal Investigation?

Whom to suspend during any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation is always a delicate question to answer. Unfortunately there is never an easy answer. As the Volkswagen (VW) emission-testing scandal continues to...more

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mizer Sheds Additional Light on Individual Accountability and the Yates Memo

On October 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, who oversees DOJ’s Civil Division, spoke at the 16th Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress and Best Practices...more

Booking a Meeting? In Venezuela It May Cost You a Rolex

First it was Petrobras but it certainly did not take long for the second shoe to drop for the other corrupt national energy company in Latin America, the Venezuelan national oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, also known as...more

Getting Started on Due Diligence of Third Parties (Part I of IV)

This week I am posting a series on due diligence. There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. – Mark Twain...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

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