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Presumption of Declination with Voluntary Disclosure, Cooperation, and Remediation of FCPA Violations

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein recently announced a revision to the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) policy on corporate enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). The revision codifies a pilot...more

The Root Cause Analysis

by Thomas Fox on

One new and different item laid out in the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Program (Evaluation), supplementing the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program from the 2012 FCPA Guidance, was the performance of a root...more

Happy Birthday FCPA: Implications of DOJ’s New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy on the Act’s 40th Anniversary

Today being the fortieth anniversary of the December 19, 1977 enactment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), we offer this Client Alert in celebration of the occasion. Fittingly, the U.S. Department of Justice...more

CFPB whistleblower alleges falsification of examination documents by CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A former CFPB examiner has written U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions claiming that CFPB officials falsified examination reports in connection with a CFPB examination of ACE Cash Express that led to the CFPB extracting $10...more

FCPA in the Trump DOJ: Continuing Down the Same Path, with a Little More Heft

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – it became effective December 19, 1977. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein marked the occasion this month by providing an update on the FCPA Pilot...more

The DOJ’s Revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy: A New Blueprint for Corporate Cooperation and Credit

by Williams Mullen on

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the issuance of a revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy (the “Policy”). Rosenstein announced that the “new policy enables the Department [of Justice]...more

DOJ Incorporates FCPA Pilot Program into U.S. Attorneys' Manual Providing Permanent Incentives for Strong FCPA Compliance

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently included the principles of its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Pilot Program into the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual (“USAM”), and reinforced its message to...more

The U.S. Justice Department’s Latest Compliance Program Warning

U.S Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently announced the Department of Justice’s revised corporate enforcement policy for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The revised policy is based on an FCPA pilot program (in...more

SEC Issues $4.1 Million Award to Overseas Whistleblower

On December 5, 2017, the SEC announced a whistleblower award of more than $4.1 million to an overseas former company insider. The SEC declined to disclose the identity of the whistleblower or the company at issue...more

SEC Awards Over $16 Million to Two Whistleblowers

On November 30, 2017, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower issued a bounty award of more than $16 million to two tipsters; each received an award of more than $8 million. The SEC denied awards to five other claimants....more

Justice Department Revises FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is alive and well under the Trump administration and remains a top priority for the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2016, the DOJ’s Fraud Section has resolved 17 criminal corporate...more

DOJ Announces Revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by BakerHostetler on

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expanded upon the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) long-running efforts to encourage companies to self-disclose Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) violations by...more

US Department of Justice Refines Incentives for Corporate Disclosure of Potential FCPA Violations

by Dechert LLP on

Speaking at a conference in Maryland on November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a revised Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Corporate Enforcement Policy (“CEP”). This policy builds on the...more

Let's Have A Really Uncomfortable Conversation

Having recently returned from three weeks of corporate engagements and conferences across nine time zones, I should be exhausted, but instead I’m exhilarated. Originally published on the FCPA Blog, www.fcpablog.com. ...more

DOJ Issues New FCPA Policy Offering Incentives to Encourage Disclosure of Foreign Bribery and Corruption Misconduct

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was issuing a new enforcement policy covering its enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The...more

DOJ Announces Revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

In a speech yesterday at the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) revised Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Third Party Risk Management: Require ISO 37001 Certification from Your Third Parties

by Michael Volkov on

A lot of the focus on ISO 37001 so far has been on its value for companies considering certification as evidence of the quality of their own compliance program. With the SEC and DOJ both providing ample guidance to companies...more

Australian Government Releases Draft of Private Sector Whistleblower Protection Law

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Currently, limited protections exist in Australia for private sector whistleblowers against victimization and detrimental treatment. The Development: The Australian government has released draft law that...more

Is Cooperation an All or Nothing Proposition? DOJ Official Says Yes

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On October 18, 2017, Kathleen McGovern, Senior Deputy Chief for the U.S. Department of Justice [“Department”] Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, spoke at the Association of Corporate Counsel annual meeting in Washington, DC....more

Q&A with Jake Krattiger

by GableGotwals on

Q: Does joining a corporate board impose any personal liability on board members? A: Joining a board doesn’t impose any personal liability on an individual per se, but improper actions taken while serving on a board can...more

Farewell to The Hawk – Fair and Consistent Application of Discipline

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In the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation), Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System – Consistent Application – Have the disciplinary actions...more

UPDATE: California Federal Court Permits Former Bank Internal Auditor’s Whistleblower Claims to Proceed

A California federal court—in Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14755, Case No. 15-cv-02287 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2017)—recently denied BofI Federal Bank’s (“BofI’s”) motion to dismiss the Sarbanes-Oxley...more

Ethics and Compliance Controls – Different Means to the Same Objective

by Michael Volkov on

People are getting confused. A company’s ethical culture is not a touchy-feely concept that makes everyone warm and cozy all over. At the same time, compliance controls are not hard and fast rules that are mechanically...more

Second Circuit Upholds Prosecutorial Discretion in Deferred Prosecution Agreements

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in United States v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. that a federal district court does not have the authority to supervise the implementation of a deferred...more

DOJ Signals Changes to Corporate-Crime Prosecution

by Morgan Lewis on

Deputy Attorney General said he anticipates policy changes “in the near future” and suggested emphasis on individual accountability. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) may soon announce changes to its policies for...more

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