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The FCPA At 40: Q&A’s

December 13, 2017

Many thanks to Sue Reisinger and Corporate Counsel for the opportunity to engage in a Q&A regarding various aspects of the FCPA. (See here for “Happy Birthday, FCPA! We Party With An Expert”).

Many thanks also well to Robert Wilhem and Bloomberg Law White Collar Crime Report for the opportunity to engage in an extensive Q&A regarding various aspects of the FCPA. Among the topics discussed in the below Q&A (originally published on November 24, 2017 in the White Collar Crime Report and republished with permission) are the following: whether the FCPA has been successful; whether the FCPA puts U.S. companies at a disadvantage; typical time periods associated with FCPA inquiries; FCPA enforcement thus far in the Trump administration; and FCPA reform.

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Selfish Foreign Policy Reasons, Not Altruism, Is Why Congress Enacted The FCPA In 1977

December 12, 2017

As the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act nears its 40th anniversary, it is perhaps neither here nor there 40 years later whether Congress in enacting the law was motivated by altruistic, do-good intentions or selfish, foreign policy goals.

But then again, it is important not to reinvent history or look at historical conduct through rose-colored glasses. Indeed, there are numerous accounts of history that ignore what really happened in favor of accounts that sound better.

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Once Again, The DOJ Shoots Itself In The Foot

December 11, 2017

The Department of Justice has long wanted companies to voluntarily disclose conduct that implicates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The latest attempt to achieve this policy goal of course was the DOJ’s November 29th announcement of a new “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy.” (This post rounds up all previous posts on this topic).

Why then, literally a few hours after announcing its latest attempt to motivate companies to voluntarily disclose, did the DOJ in announcing the SBM Offshore enforcement action (see here and here for prior posts) once again (see here and here for prior similar posts) shot itself in the foot by making decisions that should result in any board member, audit committee member, or general counsel informed of current events not making the decision to voluntarily disclose?

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Roundup Of DOJ “FCPA Corporate Compliance Policy” Posts

December 9, 2017

FCPA Professor has been the place to be for the most comprehensive, candid and real-time information concerning the DOJ’s announcement on November 29th of a new “FCPA Corporate Compliance Policy” aimed, in the words of the DOJ, “at providing additional benefits to companies based on their corporate behavior once they learn of misconduct.”

If you missed the eleven separate posts, no worries as this post collects in one place all posts related to the “FCPA Corporate Compliance Policy.”

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What Others Are Saying About The DOJ’s “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy”

December 8, 2017

In running this website, I often have to “roll up my sleeves” and “get to work” to provide you comprehensive information about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Whether it’s reading hundreds of pages relevant to an FCPA enforcement action (vs. summarizing a DOJ/SEC press as other FCPA websites do) or in this case analyzing over 40 law firm publications about the DOJ’s new “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy,” it’s what I do and I hope you gain value from it.

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