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The Many Issues To Consider From The Dun & Bradstreet Enforcement Action

Issues

Some people simply read FCPA enforcement actions, accept the enforcement theories advanced, record the enforcement statistics, and go about their day.

Not here at FCPA Professor. Just because the FCPA is a fundamentally sound statute, does not mean that FCPA enforcement is necessarily fundamentally sound.

Prior posts here and here went in-depth into the SEC’s $9.2 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Dun & Bradstreet based on the conduct of two indirect Chinese subsidiaries from 6 – 12 years ago.

This post continues the analysis by highlighting the many troubling or notable issues to consider from the enforcement action.

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Issues To Consider From The Kinross Gold Enforcement Action

Issues

This previous post went in-depth into the recent SEC Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Kinross Gold Corp.

Set forth below are additional issues to consider.

Just the Second

The 2016 enforcement action against Nordion was believed to be the first ever FCPA enforcement action against a Canadian company (see here and here for prior posts). The Kinross enforcement action is believed to be just the second.

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The Gray Cloud Of FCPA Scrutiny Lasted Too Long In 2017

Gray Cloud

This recent post highlighted the origins of corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions in 2017.

Continuing with the FCPA statistical feast, this post follows the chronology of FCPA scrutiny to FCPA enforcement and highlights one of the most troubling policy issues when it comes to FCPA enforcement.

That is – FCPA scrutiny simply lasts too long. Specifically, as highlighted below, 4.5 years was the median length of time companies that resolved FCPA enforcement actions in 2017 were under scrutiny. (See here for the prior post highlighting that 4.25 years was the media length of time companies that resolved FCPA enforcement actions in 2016 were under scrutiny).

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Issues To Consider From The Alere Enforcement Action

Issues

This prior post went in-depth into the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (and related) enforcement action against Alere and this post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

“Then Some” Enforcement Action

The majority of SEC FCPA enforcement actions are “just” FCPA enforcement actions. However, the Alere enforcement action was a “then some” enforcement action as the majority of the enforcement action (and indeed the bulk of the overall $13 million settlement) concerned findings of other securities laws violations regarding revenue recognition and related practices.

While not common, “then some” FCPA enforcement actions are not unheard of either.

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Issues To Consider From The Telia Enforcement Action

Issues

This previous post went in-depth into the Telia Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action which contemplates a net $483 million settlement (after accounting for various credits and deductions for contemplated Swedish and Dutch enforcement actions) – the 5th largest net FCPA settlement of all-time.

Set forth below are several additional issues to consider from the enforcement action.

No Books and Records Findings

Off the top of my head, I can recall only one prior instance (BNY Mellon) of an SEC FCPA enforcement action not involving books and records violations or findings. The Telia action is the second instance which is odd given that the SEC found that the “bribe payments were funneled through payments for sham lobbying and consulting services to a front company controlled by the official.”

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