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DOJ Defines “Declination” in Its FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

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For years, these pages have highlighted (see prior posts herehere, and here among others) how the term “declination” is a big, muddy mess largely because of the creative and expansive use of that term by certain commentators including most notably over at the FCPA Blog and Miller & Chevalier.

To use the term “declination” anytime a company is under FCPA scrutiny (perhaps because of something as simple as a media report or a business competitor’s complaint), but there is no enforcement action is like saying the police “declined” to charge a sober driver with drunk driving when passing through a field sobriety checkpoint.

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FCPA Flash – A Conversation With Leslie Caldwell (Former Ass’t AG, DOJ Criminal Division) About The DOJ’s New “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy”

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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 Leslie Caldwell. Caldwell is currently partner in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of Latham & Watkins and previously served as the Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Criminal Division. In this role, Caldwell was involved in implementing and promoting the DOJ’s April 2016 FCPA Pilot Program.

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Issues To Consider From The SBM Offshore Enforcement Action

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This previous post went in-depth into the $238 million DOJ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Netherlands-based SBM Offshore for alleged bribery schemes in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq.

This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

DOJ Explains Its Original “Declination”

As highlighted in the original post, in 2014 SBM Offshore resolved a $240 million Dutch law enforcement action alleging bribery schemes in Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Brazil between 2007 through 2011. In connection with that action, SBM Offshore disclosed: “the United States Department of Justice has informed SBM Offshore that it is not prosecuting the Company and has closed its inquiry into the matter.”

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Friday Roundup

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Former SEC FCPA Unit Chief Kara Brockmeyer on declinations and voluntary disclosure, Wal-Mart’s global chief ethics and compliance officer on increased standardization in global anti-corruption efforts, scrutiny updates, French first, and for the reading stack.

It’s all here in the Friday Roundup.

Former SEC FCPA Unit Chief Kara Brockmeyer On Declinations and Voluntary Disclosure

Brockmeyer is profiled in this recent Corporate Crime Report Q&A. (See here for a recent FCPA Flash podcast with Brockmeyer).

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Statement On The DOJ’s New “Revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy.”

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As highlighted in this previous post, earlier today Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the DOJ issued a new “revised FCPA corproate enforcement policy.” (See here for the actual policy in the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual).

The following statement may be attributed to Professor Koehler.

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