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Are SEC Tolling Agreements Actually Enforceable?

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A guest post from Russell Ryan (King & Spalding and former Assistant Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement).

Most readers of FCPA Professor are well aware that tolling agreements are commonplace in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.  Investigations in this space are notoriously lengthy and protracted, in part because misconduct can remain hidden for years and a good portion of the relevant evidence and witnesses is typically located overseas.

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Issues To Consider From The Eni Enforcement Action

Issues

This prior post went in-depth into the recent Eni enforcement action and this post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

Timeline

As stated in Eni’s recent disclosure: “In 2012, Eni contacted the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and the U.S. SEC in order to voluntarily inform them about this matter, and has kept them informed about the developments in the Italian Prosecutors’ investigations and proceedings. Following Eni’s notification, both the U.S. SEC and the DoJ started their own investigations regarding this matter.”

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Issues To Consider From The Juniper Networks Enforcement Action

Issues

This prior post highlighted the SEC’s $11.7 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Juniper Networks. This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

Timeline

As highlighted in this prior post, Juniper Networks disclosed its FCPA scrutiny in mid-2013. Thus, from start to finish the company’s FCPA scrutiny lasted an unconscionable six years.

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Issues To Consider From The Deutsche Bank Enforcement Action

Issues

This prior post highlighted the SEC’s $16.2 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Deutsche Bank – the latest FCPA enforcement action focused on alleged improper internship and hiring practices primarily involving the financial services industry.

This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

Timeline

The company’s FCPA scrutiny reportedly began in mid-2013. Thus, from start to finish, Deutsche Bank’s FCPA scrutiny lasted an unconscionable six years.

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Issues To Consider From The TechnipFMC Enforcement Action

Issues

This previous post went in-depth into the net $81.9 million DOJ FCPA enforcement action against TechnipFMC and how the company joined the FCPA repeat offender list. This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

Statute of Limitations

Pardon me for being “that guy” but the bulk of the conduct at issue in the enforcement action (both the Technip USA information and plea involving alleged conduct in Brazil and the TechnipFMC  information and DPA involving alleged conduct in Iraq) took place between 2003 and 2010 (in other words approximately 10 – 15 years prior to the enforcement action).

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