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A guest post from Robert Wyld (an attorney at Johnson Winter & Slattery in Sydney). Wyld is the Australia Expert for FCPA Professor.

This update covers a range of important developments in Australia and overseas in the area of foreign bribery policy, commercial crime, investigations and regulation to 19 December 2018. The year has been mixed with statutory reforms progressing at a snail’s pace while the Australian Government has been brought kicking to the table for a national Integrity Commission, which surprisingly, protects parliamentarians from public hearing or dare it be said, public scrutiny. The year ended with the publication of the court cases in the long-running Securency banknote printing foreign bribery scandal. While some convictions by way of guilty pleas were achieved, the remaining prosecutions spectacularly collapsed with the High Court of Australia sternly criticising investigative agencies for egregious illegal conduct which irreparably prejudiced the rights of certain accused to a fair trial.

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Checking In Down Under

Australia

Today’s post is from Robert Wyld (an attorney at Johnson Winter & Slattery in Sydney and the Australia Expert for FCPA Professor) and covers recent developments from Australia in the general area of foreign bribery.

The key issues that are covered include: Australian Securities & Investments Commission and Australian Wheat Board UN Oil-For-Food Cases; Foreign Bribery Law Reforms; Private Sector Whistleblower Protection Reform; and Senate Economics Reference Committee Review of Australian Foreign Bribery Laws.

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Checking In Down Under

Australia

Today’s post is from Robert Wyld (an attorney at Johnson Winter & Slattery in Sydney).

Wyld is the Australia Expert for FCPA Professor.

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This year-end review covers a range of important developments in Australia and overseas in the area of foreign bribery policy, investigations and regulation to 20 December 2017. It has been a busy year for politicians (creating new laws), regulators (pushing for easier ways to investigate and prosecute) and enforcers (Australia’s first foreign bribery convictions). And of course, and very much deserved, much enhanced private sector whistleblower protections are inching ever closer to reality.

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Australia Should Say No To DPAs For Foreign Bribery Offenses

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The Australian Attorney General’s Department (AGD) recently released this public consultation paper in which the Australian Government seeks “a more effective and efficient response to corporate crime by encouraging greater self-reporting by companies” and a “key focus of this consideration is a possible deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) scheme.”

Set forth below is the text of my letter to the AGD urging it to reject DPAs.

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Checking In Down Under

Australia

Today’s post is from Robert Wyld (Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery in Sydney). Wyld is the Australia Expert for FCPA Professor.

There have been a number of important developments in Australia over the last few months. The key issues include: (i) false accounting prosecutions arising out of AFP Leighton Holdings investigation; (ii) ASIC’s penalty prosecutions against former senior AWB Ltd executives continue; (iii) proposed model for a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme; (iv) proposed amendments to the Commonwealth foreign bribery offence and introduction of new corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery; and (v) AFP and CDPP foreign bribery initiatives

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