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Elevate Your FCPA Knowledge And Practical Skills At The FCPA Institute – Phoenix (Jan. 11-12)

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Interested in elevating your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills?

For professionals in the FCPA space – or wishing to join the FCPA space – this is what the FCPA Institute is all about and the next FCPA Institute will be in Phoenix on Jan. 11-12, 2018.

The FCPA Institute is different than a typical FCPA conference.

At the FCPA Institute, information is presented in an integrated and cohesive manner by an expert instructor with FCPA practice and teaching experience. Moreover, the FCPA Institute promotes active learning by participants through issue-spotting videos, skills exercises, small-group discussions and the sharing of real-world practices and experiences. To best facilitate the unique learning experience that the FCPA Institute represents, attendance at each FCPA Institute is capped at 25 participants.

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FCPA Flash – A Conversation With Kevin Muhlendorf

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The FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.

This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with Kevin Muhlendorf (Wiley Rein and former Assistant Chief in the Fraud Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division and former Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Enforcement Division). During the podcast, Muhlendorf discusses: the DOJ and SEC’s FCPA enforcement programs; FCPA enforcement and the rule of law; whether business organizations cooperate too much in FCPA enforcement actions including as to statute of limitation issues; and whether the FCPA – as it approaches forty – has been successful.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein On …

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Recently DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered this speech in which he stated: “The Department’s rhetoric gets a lot of attention – the policy memos and speeches.  But performance is what matters most.”

I completely agree and that is why, over the years, FCPA Professor has profiled over 165 FCPA enforcement agency speeches and otherwise analyzed whether reality is consistent with rhetoric.

Thus, when Rosenstein states in his speech (as DOJ officials have for years) that its “resolve [is] to hold individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing,” I say performance is what matters most and the last 20 DOJ corporate FCPA enforcement actions have lacked related criminal charges against company employees (and going back to 2008 approximately 80% of DOJ corporate FCPA enforcement actions have lacked related criminal charges against company employees) (see here).

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On The Intersection Of Antitrust Enforcement And Corruption

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Recently Roger Alford (Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division – who until recently was a law professor at Notre Dame) delivered this speech regarding the intersection of antitrust enforcement and corruption.

Prior to highlighting the speech, this post further explores the intersection by: documenting how Congress – in enacting the FCPA – considered whether the antitrust laws adequately captured the so-called foreign corporate payments at issue; and highlighting FCPA enforcement actions which also included antitrust charges.

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The Purported Trump / Tillerson FCPA Exchange Is Old News … In Any Event, Some Context

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As one who closely follows news related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, I was surprised over the past few days about the amount of coverage given to a purported exchange between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the FCPA.

The originating source for this coverage was a relatively minor blurb in this New Yorker article. What surprised me (and you certainly would not know this from reading the New Yorker article because it doesn’t mention this) is that the purported exchange was widely reported back in March.

This post highlights how this is an “old news” item, provides facts about FCPA enforcement during the first 8 months of the Trump administration, and demonstrates that President Trump is far from the only politician to raise concerns about the FCPA and its enforcement. Indeed, Democrats and Republicans have long done the same thing.

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