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Yet Again, The DOJ Shoots Itself In The Foot

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This is the fifth time this general post has appeared on FCPA Professor (see hereherehere, and here for prior posts).

So here it goes again.

The Department of Justice has long wanted companies to voluntarily disclose conduct that implicates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Why then does the DOJ continually make 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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Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Miner On A Variety Of FCPA Issues (With Commentary)

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Yesterday, Deputy Assistant AG Matt Miner delivered this speech.

It touched upon a number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues including: the DOJ’s Corporate Enforcement Policy, voluntary disclosure, so-called declinations, coordinated resolutions, general compliance issues, and M&A transactions.

This post summarizes the speech and provides certain commentary.

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Friday Roundup

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Interesting, across the pond, non-profit scrutiny, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

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The DOJ’s FCPA’s Corporate Enforcement Policy states:

“When a company has voluntarily self disclosed misconduct in an FCPA matter, fully cooperated, and timely and appropriately remediated … there will be a presumption that the company will receive a declination absent aggravating circumstances involving the seriousness of the offense or the nature of the offender. Aggravating circumstances that may warrant a criminal resolution include, but are not limited to, involvement by executive management of the company in the misconduct; a significant profit to the company from the misconduct; pervasiveness of the misconduct within the company; and criminal recidivism.”

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FCPA Flash – A Conversation With Becky Rohr (Former DOJ Principal Deputy Chief And Current VP At Hewlett Packard Enterprise) Regarding A Variety Of In-House Compliance Issues

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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 Becky Rohr (former Principal Deputy Chief in the DOJ’s Fraud Section and current Vice President at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where she leads a team handling anti-corruption compliance in the Ethics & Compliance Office). During the podcast, Rohr discusses: (i) the dynamics of post-enforcement action compliance and reporting obligations; (ii) the DOJ’s suggestion in the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy regarding appropriate retention of business records; and (iii) her different vantage points surrounding the FCPA given her prior DOJ experience and current corporate experience.

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Deputy Assistant AG Miner On M&A Issues, The DOJ’s Opinion Procedure Program, And Other Issues (With Rebuttal)

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As highlighted in this prior post, while in private practice Matthew Miner criticized the “Yates Memo,” DOJ transparency, the deficiencies of DOJ guidance as a solution in the FCPA space, and the FCPA’s “foreign official” element.

Now that he is Deputy Assistant Attorney General and – in his words – “wear[ing] a different hat,” Miner largely read from the DOJ’s FCPA script in this speech yesterday.

This post excerpts Miner’s speech and provides various rebuttal points.

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