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Coalition For Integrity Calls For Post-Employment Restrictions On FCPA Enforcement Attorneys And Greater Transparency In FCPA Enforcement

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For nearly a decade, these pages have called for restrictions when DOJ / SEC FCPA enforcement attorneys with supervisory and discretionary authority leave the government for private practice careers devoted to the FCPA. (See here, here, here and here among other posts).

I was thus happy to see that the Coalition for Integrity (“C4I” – a non-profited devoted to combating corruption and promoting integrity in the public and private sectors) recently called for post-employment restrictions on DOJ and SEC FCPA enforcement attorneys who leave for private practices in this policy paper submitted to the OECD in connection with its Phase 4 Evaluation of the U.S. Implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.

It is a bit ironic though as C4I has several individuals on its Board of Directors who left the DOJ / SEC for lucrative positions in FCPA Inc. including an individual who still describes himself as “the architect and key enforcement official of DOJ’s modern Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement program.”

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An FCPA Related Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

When making a decision whether to voluntarily disclose Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues, corporate leaders need to understand the full range of ripple effects that will likely occur upon disclosure. (See here for the article “FCPA Ripples”).

One should not just look at the supposed reduction in an FCPA settlement amount and narrowly conclude that the company benefited from the voluntary disclosure. Such a narrow view fails to take into account the many other ripple effects resulting from the disclosure.

These pages have long highlighted that one ripple effect of FCPA scrutiny and enforcement is FCPA-related shareholder litigation and this post discusses what happened to Landec Corporation after it disclosed an FCPA investigation on January 2, 2020.

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This Is Why FCPA Inc. Needs A Common Language

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For years, these pages have highlighted the need for a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act common language as to the basic question of “what is an FCPA enforcement action?” (See herehereherehere).

This article titled “A Common Language to Remedy Distorted FCPA Enforcement Statistics” exposes in detailed fashion various distorted FCPA enforcement statistics. As highlighted in the article, the absence of a FCPA common language has numerous negative effects including infecting nearly all FCPA enforcement statistics.

The most reliable and accurate way to keep FCPA enforcement statistics is by using the “core” approach which focuses on unique instances of FCPA scrutiny. Using this approach, there were 14 corporate FCPA enforcement actions in 2019 that resulted in approximately $2.65 billion in net FCPA settlement amounts – the largest in FCPA history. (See here).

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Friday Roundup

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Convicted, sentenced, to FCPA Inc. and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday Roundup.

Convicted

As noted in this DOJ release: “[Donville Inniss] a former member of the Barbados Parliament, who also served as the Minister of Industry of Barbados, was found guilty [of two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering] by a federal jury for his role in a scheme to launder bribes paid to him by executives of the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL).”

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