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[This post was originally published on FCPA Professor on November 12, 2014 by an anonymous compliance professional]

When you’re the Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) of a company that ends up in the middle of one of “those” all-encompassing FCPA investigations (as if there’s any other kind), people often want to know . . . what is it like?  How does it feel to be at ground zero of pure FCPA adrenaline?   This is my answer,  based on my repeated experiences.  I wish I could say it just happened once.  This is also based on my discussions with other CCOs.

It’s a rollercoaster with few ups and a lot of downs.

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Friday Roundup

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Sentenced, just saying, scrutiny alerts and updates, fallout, and what’s the difference? It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Sentenced

As highlighted in this prior post, earlier this year Frank James Lyon (the owner of Lyon Associates Inc. – a privately held engineering and consulting company headquartered in Hawaii) pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (based on things of value provided to officials in the Federated States of Micronesia) as well as paying bribes to an agent of an organization receiving federal funds (based on things of value provided to officials with a Hawaii governmental agency – State Agency).

As highlighted in this DOJ release, Lyon was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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Judge “Deeply Troubled” By DOJ’s Outsourcing Of Investigations

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Resolution documents in corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action frequently highlight the company’s cooperation, making witnesses available for interviews, identification and translation of relevant documents, etc. (see here for an example).

Given this typical dynamic in corporate FCPA enforcement actions, this recent decision by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon (pictured – Chief Judge of the S.D.N.Y), while outside the FCPA context, is FCPA relevant in that Judge McMahon stated that she was “deeply troubled” by the DOJ’s outsourcing of investigations.

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China’s Blocking Statute Creates New Challenges for Multinational Companies

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A guest post today from Ropes & Gray attorneys Ryan RohlfsenDavid Zhang and Karen Oddo.

Introduction

The People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) recently enacted the International Criminal Judicial Assistance Law (“ICJAL”).  The ICJAL effectively serves as a blocking statute that requires approval by PRC governmental authorities before any institution, organization or individual within the territory of the PRC can provide evidence, materials or assistance to any foreign countries’ criminal proceedings.

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Daniel Suleiman Regarding Internal Investigations

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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 Daniel Suleiman (Covington & Burling who previously served as a senior official in the DOJ’s Criminal Division including as Deputy Chief of Staff & Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General). During the podcast, Suleiman discusses the life cycle of FCPA internal investigations including: issues warranting an internal investigation; who should conduct the investigation; how to conduct the investigation; what to do with investigative findings; and how to properly scope investigations.

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