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Issues To Consider From The Linde Enforcement Action

Issues

This previous post highlighted the DOJ’s recent $11.2 million declination with disgorgement and forfeiture against Linde for nearly decade-old conduct of an acquired entity.

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

Voluntary Disclosure

Nearly all decisions to voluntary disclose should be questioned (see this article for the reasons why), but Linde’s decision to voluntarily disclose should seriously be questioned.

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What Others Are Saying About Kokesh

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Previous posts here, here and here concerned the Supreme Court’s recent benchslap of the SEC in Kokesh v. SEC. As previously noted, the Court unanimously held that disgorgement “in the securities-enforcement context is a ‘penalty’ within the meaning of [28 U.S.C.] 2462 and so disgorgement actions must be commenced within five years of the date the claim accrues.”

The case should impact SEC FCPA enforcement against issuers, but that first requires issuers not to roll over and play dead when faced with SEC scrutiny by agreeing to waive or toll statute of limitations.

This post highlights what others are saying about Kokesh.

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Issues To Consider From The Rolls-Royce Enforcement Action

Issues

This previous post went in-depth into the $170 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against U.K. based Rolls-Royce announced on January 17th. This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

Unusual Aspect of the DPA

The Rolls-Royce DPA contains an unusual feature. Of the approximate $170 criminal penalty “$30 million will be paid to the Consumer Financial Fraud Fund.”

This has never happened before in an FCPA enforcement and set forth below is my e-mail exchange with the DOJ press office on this issue.

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Marc Bohn Regarding Disgorgement And Statute Of Limitations

FCPA Flash

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.

Since the SEC first sought a disgorgement remedy in an FCPA enforcement action in 2004, disgorgement has become the dominant remedy sought by the SEC in corporate FCPA enforcement actions. This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with Marc Bohn (Miller & Chevalier) in which he previews Kokesh v. SEC, a case recently accepted by the Supreme Court which presents the issue of whether the five-year statute of limitations in 28 U.S.C. § 2462 [the same limitations period at issue in FCPA civil matters] applies to claims for disgorgement. Although not an FCPA matter, Bohn discusses the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on FCPA compliance, internal investigation, and enforcement issues. More broadly, the podcast also discusses statute of limitation issues given that many corporate FCPA enforcement actions involve “old” conduct.

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Across The Pond, Rolls-Royce Also Resolves A $625 Million U.K. Enforcement Action

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This recent post went in-depth into the $170 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Rolls-Royce. As mentioned in the post, the FCPA enforcement action against Rolls-Royce was part of a broader $800 million global resolution that also included a U.K. Serious Fraud Office component as well as Brazil law enforcement action.

The approximate $625 million U.K. enforcement action comprised the bulk of $800 million global resolution (that would seem to make sense, Rolls-Royce is after all a U.K. company) and is summarized below including the several failure to prevent bribery counts under the Bribery Act.

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