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Issues To Consider From The Legg Mason Enforcement Action

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This previous post went in-depth into the DOJ’s recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Legg Mason. This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

SEC Enforcement Action Is Forthcoming

Given Legg Mason’s recent disclosure (see here for the prior post), it was a bit of a surprise that this week’s enforcement action included only a DOJ component. FCPA enforcement actions against issuers that involve a DOJ and SEC component are almost always announced on the same day.

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Deal With It – Not Following The Law Has Consequences

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Imagine a company engaged in conduct that was very profitable to it. However, a unanimous Supreme Court declared the conduct illegal. Thereafter, a business executive of the relevant company testifies before Congress and complains that the Supreme Court decision is hurting its business.

I highly doubt anyone would have sympathy for the business executive or the company. After all the rule of law is the rule of law and a unanimous Supreme Court decision probably does sting.

The above analogy came to mind when reviewing a transcript of the recent “Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement” hearing by the House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment. (See here).

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SEC Co-Director Of Enforcement Peikin Reflects On The Past, Present, And Future Of The SEC’s Enforcement Of The FCPA

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Earlier today, Steven Peikin (Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division) delivered this speech at a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act / OECD Convention Anniversary Conference held at NYU School of Law. This post excerpts portions of Peikn’s remarks.

But first a few comments.

In talking about the past, I wonder if Peikin is even aware of the following historical fact. As highlighted in the article “The Story of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” the SEC never wanted any role in enforcing the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions. However, congressional leaders at the time of the FCPA’s enactment had a high level of distrust with the Justice Department and insisted, against the SEC’s objections both when the FCPA was enacted in 1977 and when it was first amended in 1988, that it play a role in enforcing the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions.

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Issues To Consider From The Alere Enforcement Action

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This prior post went in-depth into the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (and related) enforcement action against Alere and this post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

“Then Some” Enforcement Action

The majority of SEC FCPA enforcement actions are “just” FCPA enforcement actions. However, the Alere enforcement action was a “then some” enforcement action as the majority of the enforcement action (and indeed the bulk of the overall $13 million settlement) concerned findings of other securities laws violations regarding revenue recognition and related practices.

While not common, “then some” FCPA enforcement actions are not unheard of either.

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The Top Ten List Of FCPA Disgorgement Amounts

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Everybody, it seems, likes “Top Ten” lists.

This post highlights the top ten corporate FCPA disgorgement (and prejudgment interest) amounts in FCPA history.

The list highlights net FCPA disgorgement (and prejudgment interest) amounts after consistently accounting for (unlike other lists out there) certain credits or deductions in enforcement actions for foreign law enforcement actions or forfeiture amounts paid to the DOJ in a parallel proceeding.

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