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Once Again The DOJ Shoots Itself In The Foot

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This is the fourth time this general post has appeared on these pages (see here, here 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 event not making the decision to voluntarily disclose?

The recent Societe Generale enforcement action (see here and here for prior posts) is just the latest example.

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Bruce Yannett Regarding The Top Issues From 2017

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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 Bruce Yannett (Debevoise & Plimpton). Yannett has a wealth of experience in FCPA matters and among his many engagements was representing Siemens and Rolls Royce in connection with FCPA and related scrutiny.

During the podcast, Yannett identifies and elaborates on his list of the most notable issues from 2017: (i) the DOJ’s “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy” and implications for self-reporting;  (ii) international enforcement and the continuing rise of coordinated settlements; and (iii) the fallout from Kokesh v. SEC and how to balance SEC, DOJ and international enforcement and statutes of limitation.

 

New Article – Grading The DOJ’s “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy”

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Bloomberg BNA’s White Collar Crime Report recently published my article “Grading the DOJ’s FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy.”

The article can be downloaded here for free and address the following issues: (i) the obvious logical gap in the Corporate Enforcement Policy (CEP); (ii) how the CEP, both in terms of rhetoric and substance, is really nothing new; (iii) ten specific reasons why the corporate community should take the CEP with a grain of salt; and (iv) how the CEP falls short of accomplishing the laudable goals articulated by the DOJ compared to other alternatives previously advanced.

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Once Again, The DOJ Shoots Itself In The Foot

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The Department of Justice has long wanted companies to voluntarily disclose conduct that implicates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The latest attempt to achieve this policy goal of course was the DOJ’s November 29th announcement of a new “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy.” (This post rounds up all previous posts on this topic).

Why then, literally a few hours after announcing its latest attempt to motivate companies to voluntarily disclose, did the DOJ in announcing the SBM Offshore enforcement action (see here and here for prior posts) once again (see here and here for prior similar posts) shot itself in the foot by making 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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Roundup Of DOJ “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy” Posts

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FCPA Professor has been the place to be for the most comprehensive, candid and real-time information concerning the DOJ’s announcement on November 29th of a new “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy” aimed, in the words of the DOJ, “at providing additional benefits to companies based on their corporate behavior once they learn of misconduct.”

If you missed the eleven separate posts, no worries as this post collects in one place all posts related to the “FCPA Corporate Compliance Policy.”

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