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This Week In Securities Litigation

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The DOJ announced the formalization of a new FCPA cooperation policy built on the success of its Pilot Program. That program resulted in a significant increase in firm’s self-reporting and cooperating, the goal of the new...more

Takeaways from the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

At the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act held last week in Washington, D.C., industry executives, members of the defense bar, and regulators examined developments in the enforcement of the...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - December 2017

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the addition of a new Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) policy, titled the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. The new policy, which was...more

DOJ Announces New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by WilmerHale on

On November 29, 2017, “[d]ue to the unique issues presented in FCPA matters,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a new FCPA corporate enforcement policy published in a revision to the United States Attorneys'...more

'The Chickenshit Club' - Book Review and Author Interview

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'The Chickenshit Club' is the most important book that every Chief Compliance Office, General Counsel, and compliance practitioner needs to read. Here's a review and interview with its author....more

SEC Claims Individual, Firm Engaged In Unregistered Dealer Business

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s recently released report on the Enforcement Division identified retail investors and cyber as key areas of emphasis for Enforcement under Chairman Clayton. Examples of the retail focus are actions involving...more

SEC Enforcement: Another Look At Last Fiscal Year

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The SEC published its statistics for the last fiscal year in a glossy report centered on a discussion of the new retail/cyber focus of the Enforcement Division. Statistics are not the sole measure of success the agency...more

MiFID II, Research and Extraterritoriality: The SEC, European Commission and FCA Solution

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, European Commission and the UK Financial Conduct Authority released, in a coordinated manner, a series of significant orders and guidance to address some of the...more

The 10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program: Still the Foundation

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The joint Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 2012 FCPA Guidance came out five years ago this month. As a commentator focusing on the doing of compliance, we should pause to once again...more

SEC Charges Wells Fargo With Failing to File SARs

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The Commission has an on-going program monitoring whether broker-dealers timely file suspicious activity reports or SARS with the Financial Crimes Network or FinCEN. Its most recent case in this area focused on the failure of...more

Rolls Royce in America – Four Guilty Pleas and an Indictment

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For those who might have wondered if the Sessions Justice Department (DOJ) was going to enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), that question seems to have been answered in the affirmative. In September, the DOJ and...more

With Zenefits Settlement Award SEC Demonstrates Continued Commitment to “Unicorn” Scrutiny Despite Administration Change: Same Old...

Last week the SEC announced it had reached an agreement with privately-held company Zenefits, and its co-founder and former CEO Parker Conrad, to settle allegations that Zenefits materially misled Series B and C investors....more

Anti-Corruption Risks: Global Enforcement Means Global Detection

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Over the last year, we have seen the Justice Department and SEC’s international coordination efforts bear fruit. DOJ has expended time and efforts to train prosecutors and law enforcement on anti-corruption investigations and...more

Alternatives to prosecution in an age of global enforcement - Global alternatives to prosecution when a corporate is facing a...

by White & Case LLP on

Businesses are increasingly becoming global, and so are enforcement actions in response to alleged corporate wrongdoing around the world. The harsh reality is that wherever there is potential corporate criminal wrongdoing,...more

Lessons From the Market Place: The Importance of Compliance

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An effective program is a key corporate function of increasing importance. It can be a competitive advantage, creating a tone of excellence which permeates the firm’s culture, products, services and customer relations....more

Who Knows What Corrupt Lives in the Hearts of Men: the Telia FCPA Resolution

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While the resolution of the Telia FCPA matter has long been awaited, the results announced in September by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission were stunning nonetheless....more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert on Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues Found During Examinations

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The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on September 14, 2017 (Risk Alert). The Risk Alert highlights...more

The Halliburton FCPA Enforcement Action - Lessons for Chief Compliance Officers on Internal Controls Failures

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One takeaway of the Halliburton-Sonangol FCPA enforcement action? Trust but verify....more

Farewell to The Hawk – Fair and Consistent Application of Discipline

by Thomas Fox on

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

Whatever Happened to the FCPA’s Foreign Conduct Requirement - How the FCPA is Being Used to Police Domestic Conduct and Internal...

As its name implies, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) was designed to prevent U.S. companies from engaging in foreign bribery. The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”),...more

Where O’ Where Did Our Monitors Go? — The Telia Bribery Case

by Michael Volkov on

Just when everyone was anticipating the beginning of an uptick in FCPA enforcement in 2017, the Justice Department and the SEC delivered a resounding message to remind everyone that FCPA enforcement is here to stay. However,...more

Telia FCPA Enforcement Action: Part IV – Getting Some Monies Back

by Thomas Fox on

I have spent the past few blog posts reviewing the many lessons that can be garnered by the compliance practitioner from the Telia Company AB (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) resolution. However, there is one...more

The Telia FCPA Resolution: Part III – The Individuals

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I continue my exploration of the Telia Company AB (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action and the parallel actions. Today I will consider the individuals who have been criminally indicted in Sweden and...more

DOJ And SEC Bring Major FCPA Enforcement Actions Against Swedish Telecom Firm, Imposing One Of Largest FCPA Penalties In History

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced significant enforcement actions against Telia Company AB, a Swedish telecommunications firm, for alleged...more

In the Third-Largest FCPA Enforcement Action Ever, Telia Agrees to Pay Almost $1 Billion to Resolve Bribery Inquiry in Uzbekistan;...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In the first blockbuster FCPA action of the Trump administration, on September 21, 2017, Swedish telecommunications company Telia agreed to pay $965 million in total penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and...more

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