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DOJ Deputy Assistant Attorney General Miner On “The Two Primary Goals Of White Collar Criminal Enforcement” (With Commentary)

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It’s mid-September which means a few things: the days are getting shorter, the trees are beginning to show color, and DOJ and SEC enforcement officials are on the speaking circuit.

Earlier this week it was SEC Chairman Jay Clayton (see here for the prior post) and yesterday it was DOJ Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Miner who spoke on the two primary goals of white collar criminal enforcement: “(1) to deter legally non-compliant behavior and punish it where it does occur; and (2) to encourage greater compliant behavior, including creating a more level playing field for those who play by the rules.”

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Friday Roundup

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Quotable, sentenced, scrutiny updates, dismissed and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

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In a recent Corporate Crime Reporter interview, former DOJ FCPA prosecutor Ephraim Wernick was asked if FCPA enforcement has changed under the Trump administration and stated:

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Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Miner On ….

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Recently Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Miner delivered this speech at an American Bar Association event in Prague.

During the speech, Miner touched upon international cooperation; the DOJ’s so-called “no piling on” policy; the DOJ’s “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” guidance document; gathering evidence in foreign countries; voluntary disclosure, cooperation and so-called declinations; and enforcement actions against foreign companies.

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A Look At The Raytheon – United Technologies Merger Through An FCPA Lens

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A few days ago Raytheon Company and United Technologies Corporation announced entry “into an agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals.” The merger was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is expected to close in the first half of 2020.

The aerospace and defense industries have significant points of contact with “foreign officials” in the global marketplace and thus a relatively high degree of FCPA risk. Indeed, United Technologies resolved an approximate $14 million FCPA enforcement action in 2018 regarding conduct in Russia, Azerbaijan, China, Kuwait, South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, and Indonesia.

This post examines the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related provisions of the merger agreement as well as a prior example of how FCPA issues scuttled a defense industry merger.

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Next Up – MTS Resolves $850 Million FCPA Enforcement Action

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First it was Netherlands-based VimpelCom which resolved a net $398 million FCPA enforcement action in February 2016 for bribing an alleged Uzbekistan telecom official (see here and here for prior posts).

Then it was Sweden-based Telia which resolved a net $483 million FCPA enforcement action in September 2017 based on the same alleged core conduct. (see here and here for prior posts).

Recently, the SEC and DOJ announced (see here and here) that Russia-based Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (MTS) agreed to resolve an $850 million DOJ/SEC FCPA enforcement action based on the same alleged core conduct. This is the largest settlement amount in an FCPA enforcement action in history. (See here for a list of the top ten corporate enforcement actions).

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