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The Many Issues To Consider From The Cognizant Technology Enforcement Action

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Previous posts here and here highlighted the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Cognizant Technology Solutions and two of its former executives.

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

Timeline

As highlighted in this prior post, Cognizant disclosed its FCPA scrutiny in a September 2016 SEC filing. Thus from start to finish, Cognizant’s FCPA scrutiny lasted approximately 2.5 years. While 2.5 years is shorter than recent medians of over 4 years (see here), 2.5 years is still too long for FCPA scrutiny to last.

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Kevin Abikoff Regarding FCPA Compliance Challenges And Other Developments

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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 Kevin Abikoff (Co-chair of Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations Practice Group). In the podcast, Abikoff discusses: FCPA compliance challenges; his top two legal or policy developments in 2018 in the FCPA space; and whether the FCPA has truly been successful in achieving its objectives.

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DOJ’s Cronan On The “Importance Of Law Enforcement And Private Industry Working Together” (With Rebuttal Points)

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Yesterday, DOJ Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Cronan delivered this speech “about the importance of law enforcement and private industry working together in pursuit of common, shared objectives.”

Cronan’s speech touched upon a number of topics including the DOJ’s FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy, so-called declinations, transparency in law enforcement, and merger and acquisition issues. This post excerpts the speech and provides various rebuttal points.

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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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