In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary resources. This month we ask: Who was tapped as the permanent head of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) FCPA Unit? Which companies received declinations and which ones didn’t? Which country was the target of harsh words by the OECD for lack of enforcement? The answers to these questions and more are here in our June 2016 Top Ten list:
1. Permanent Head of DOJ’s FCPA Unit Announced. In March 2016, Daniel Kahn was made acting chief of the FCPA Unit in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division at DOJ. In June 2016, Kahn was made the permanent head of the FCPA Unit. Kahn leads a growing group of prosecutors as the Fraud Section continues to hire additional FCPA prosecutors, and he is supported by a strong group of Assistant Chiefs: Tarek Helou, Laura Perkins, Jennifer Saulino, Albert “B.J.” Stieglitz, and Leo Tsao. One of the newly hired line prosecutors is Bruce Searby, who recently joined the FCPA Unit after a number of years in private practice. Searby was previously an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, and while there, he tried the Green case, which involved bribes paid in Thailand to secure the rights to the Bangkok Film Festival. With Searby and other new hires, the FCPA Unit is now the largest it has ever been in history. For its part, the FCPA Unit at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has remained largely stable in terms of Unit leadership and size. Kara Brockmeyer continues to head SEC’s FCPA Unit, alongside longtime deputy chief Charles Cain. They are supported by assistant directors across the country, including Ansu Banerjee (Los Angeles), Paul Block (Boston), Thierry Desmet (Miami), Tracy Price (D.C.), and Jonathan Scott (Dallas/Fort Worth).
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