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Head scratcher, expense reports, and third-party compliance. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Head Scratcher

In the bribery and corruption space, the DOJ and SEC frequently talk about their relationships with foreign law enforcement agencies including information sharing. For instance, FCPA enforcement agencies have stated:

“It is safe to say that we are cooperating with foreign enforcement on foreign bribery cases more closely today that at any time in history.”

“An international approach is being taken to combat an international criminal problem. We are sharing leads with our international law enforcement counterparts, and they are sharing them with us.”

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Friday Roundup

Roundup

Scratch that trial, scrutiny alert, affirmed, follow-up, Braskem-related, and across the pond. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Scratch That Trial

One of the FCPA trials scheduled this Fall (see here for the prior post) involved Frank Chatburn. As highlighted here, in April 2018 Frank Roberto Chatburn Ripalda (a dual United States and Ecuadorian citizen) was criminally charged for conspiring with others for making corrupt payments to PetroEcuador officials in order to obtain and retain contracts for Galileo (described as an Ecuadorian company that provided services in the oil and gas industry) from PetroEcuador.

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Former DOJ FCPA Prosecutor Samer Korkor On International Cooperation

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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 Samer Korkor who left the DOJ’s FCPA Unit in May 2019. Korkor is currently a law professor at the David Clarke School of Law at the University of District Columbia and his other professional experiences include: Counsel to the DOJ’s Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, Counsel to the DOJ’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General on International Affairs, Special Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Washington D.C., and as an attorney in DOJ’s Office of International Affairs. During the podcast, Korkor discusses the framework for transnational cooperation and multi-jurisdictional resolutions – areas of significant importance to FCPA and other white collar investigations and prosecutions.  Korkor’s comments happen to be particularly relevant to recently initiated Congressional impeachment inquiries as Korkor explains how the DOJ typically reaches out to foreign governments for investigative assistance.

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SEC Chair Clayton Says That “In Many Areas Of The World, Our [FCPA] Work May Not Be Having The Desired Effect”

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These pages have long posed the question of whether the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has been successful in achieving its objectives. (See here for a recent law review article titled “Has the FCPA Been Successful in Achieving Its Objectives” – see also here for FCPA Flash podcast episodes on the topic).

These pages have also long posed the question of whether country exits in the aftermath of FCPA scrutiny or enforcement are a good thing (as the government often seems to suggest) or rather a bad thing. (See here for numerous posts).

Yesterday, in this speech, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton discussed the same topics and offered candid observations that seemingly conflict with much of the government’s FCPA enforcement rhetoric over the last several years.

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“Frankly, If You Bring In A Couple Billion Dollars A Year, You Just Keep On Going,” And Other Musings From Former FCPA Prosecutors

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This Trace International Bribe, Swindle or Steal podcast is a recording of a recent panel discussion between former FCPA prosecutors Charles Duross (DOJ), Nat Edmonds (DOJ) and Richard Grime (SEC).

It is an informative listen on several levels including voluntary disclosure and international cooperation and set forth below are some of the more candid comments from the former FCPA prosecutors.

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