Recent FCPA Enforcement Actions Show Increased Scrutiny on Financial Services Sector

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the indictment of a managing partner of U.S. broker-dealer Direct Access Partners (DAP) for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Travel Act, and money laundering statutes. This indictment follows on the heels of last month’s indictment of two other DAP employees for the same alleged conduct, as well as the foreign official who received the bribes at issue.

The investigation into DAP was prompted by information discovered during a routine, periodic examination by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) New York office broker-dealer examination staff. The discovery of the alleged conduct without the involvement of any whistleblower, self-reporting, or regulator tasked directly with FCPA enforcement should serve as a wake-up call for the need for anticorruption compliance by regulated companies.

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