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A Focus On SEC Individual Actions

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This previous post highlighted various facts and figures from 2018 SEC FCPA enforcement actions against issuers.

As highlighted in the prior post, of the 14 corporate SEC FCPA enforcement actions in 2018, 1 (7%) has involved, at present, related SEC FCPA charges or findings against company employees.

In 2018, the SEC charged or found that three individuals violated the FCPA: Joo Hyun Bahn (associated with Colliers International Group); Patricio Contesse Gonazlez (associated with SQM which resolved an FCPA enforcement action in 2017); and Paul Margis (associated with Panasonic Avionics). (Note: the SEC’s enforcement action against Takeshi Uonaga (Panasonic Avionics former CFO) is not included in FCPA enforcement statistics for the simple reason that this was a revenue recognition matter and thus a non-FCPA FCPA enforcement action).

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Friday Roundup

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Interesting, from the DOJ’s perspective, pay them more, sanctioned, scrutiny update, exit, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

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As highlighted here, in December 2016 Odebrecht S.A. (a Brazilian holding company) and Braskem S.A. (a Brazil-based petrochemical company in which Odebrecht owns a majority of voting shares) resolved a large FCPA and related enforcement action largely concerning conduct in Brazil including the companies relationships with Petrobras as well as allegations of improper payments in Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

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SEC FCPA Enforcement – 2018 Year In Review

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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, it’s not just about the DOJ.

Granted, as a civil enforcement agency the SEC’s sticks are less sharp than the DOJ’s, but the SEC also claims a significant piece of the FCPA enforcement pie (query whether it should – but that is a subject for another day – for instance as discussed in “The Story of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” the SEC wanted no part in enforcing the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions).

This previous post highlighted various corporate enforcement statistics from 2018, this post focused more specifically on DOJ enforcement in 2018, and this post goes in-depth into various facts and figures relevant to SEC FCPA enforcement in 2018.

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Further To The SEC’s Inconsistent Approach To Enforcing The FCPA’s Books And Records And Internal Controls Provisions

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As highlighted in previous posts on this subject (herehere and here), a basic rule of law principle is consistency.

In other words, the same legal violation ought to be sanctioned in the same way. When the same legal violation is sanctioned in materially different ways, trust and confidence in law enforcement is diminished.

However, there sure does seem to be a lack of consistency between how the SEC resolves Foreign Corrupt Practices Act books and records and internal controls violations.

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SEC Co-Director Of Enforcement Peikin On International Cooperation

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Recently Steven Peikin (Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division) delivered this speech in which he talked about international cooperation and how it is “critical to the SEC’s civil law enforcement success” including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act space.

In addition, Peikin stated that “vigorous enforcement of the FCPA remains a high priority for the SEC.”

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