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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Former DOJ Fraud Section Chief Sandra Moser

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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 podcast episode is a conversation with Sandra Moser (Quinn Emanuel).  Moser is the former chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section which has exclusive criminal enforcement authority of the FCPA. During the podcast, Moser discusses: (i) things that corporate counsel or FCPA practitioners fail to realize or understand about the DOJ’s FCPA enforcement program; (ii) the DOJ’s so-called “no piling on” policy and whether the time has come for the DOJ simply to back off of FCPA enforcement actions against foreign companies from OECD Convention countries; (iii) whether the FCPA has been successful in achieving its objectives; and (iv) where the FCPA is headed and predictions for what corporate counsel, FCPA practitioners, and government enforcement officials will be talking about in 10 years.

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Laura Brookover Regarding The CFTC’s Recent Enforcement Advisory

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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 Laura Brookover (Covington & Burling and former lawyer in the Enforcement Division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission – CFTC). The podcast concerns the CFTC’s recent enforcement advisory concerning “violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) involving foreign corrupt practices” (see here for the prior post) and during the podcast Brookover discusses: the background of the CFTC and the CEA; why the CFTC may have issued the advisory; what type of conduct involving foreign corrupt practices could fall under the CEA; and various issues associated with CFTC enforcement actions.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein On A Variety Of FCPA Issues

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It is the end of November.

Thus, as sure as the sun rises in the east and dogs bark, our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement officials allowed themselves to be used as marketing props by a for profit conference firm to drive attendance to its paid event. (See here for how the selling of FCPA enforcement officials needs to stop).

In other words, a DOJ enforcement official spoke at ACI’s FCPA conference yesterday.

In this speech, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talked about the rule of law, the DOJ’s no-piling on policy, the importance of individual prosecutions, and announced a tweek to DOJ policy regarding cooperation credit. Instead of requiring companies to identify every employee involved in criminal conduct, the DOJ’s new policy calls for companies to identify “every individual who was substantially involved in or responsible for the criminal conduct.”

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Jonathan Rusch Regarding DOJ 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 Jonathan Rusch (former official in the DOJ fraud section, former in-house FCPA counsel at Wells Fargo, and current a principal at DTG Risk & Compliance). During the podcast, Rusch discusses his 2016 published open memo to the DOJ for how it can do its job better and discusses recent events such as the DOJ abandoning its prior formal compliance counsel position, the DOJ’s new monitor policy and the DOJ’s “anti-piling” on policy.

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Principal Deputy Assistant AG Cronan Delivers Yet Another FCPA Speech

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On October 18th, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Cronan delivered a speech in Brazil at an event hosted by a for-profit business that generally charges people to attend (see here for the prior post). On October 25th, Cronan delivered another speech in Washington, D.C. at another event hosted by the same for-profit business.

Why DOJ (and SEC) officials allows themselves to be used in such a way by profit-seeking businesses to drive attendance to their events is beyond me. (See prior posts here and here, among many others, for why the selling of FCPA enforcement attorneys needs to stop).

Ethics aside, in his speech Cronan talked about the DOJ’s priorities with respect to corporate enforcement, what the DOJ expects “from companies who choose to voluntarily self-disclose misconduct and seek to cooperate with law enforcement,” and the DOJ’s “commitment to reaching fair and equitable resolutions, including through the principles reflected in the Criminal Division’s policy with respect to monitors.”

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