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Following U.K. DPA, Company Executives Acquitted Of The Same Alleged Underlying Conduct

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A guest post today from Dan Stowers (Shoosmith LLP in London).

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Michael Sorby was the first managing director to be prosecuted, and then found not guilty, following the conclusion of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA)[1] between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Sarclad (formally publicised as XYZ). (See here and here). Represented by Dan Stowers (Shoosmiths LLP), John Harrison QC (St Pauls Chambers) and Henry Grunwald QC (Charter Chambers) the verdicts from the jury, and directed by the trial judge, further confirms that the SFO has struggled to prosecute individuals on charges stemming from the DPAs, which became available in 2014. The verdicts throw into doubt any prosecution of individuals following a DPA and the suitability of the DPA process as a whole.

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Friday Roundup

Roundup

Seeking whistleblowers, scrutiny alert, and across the pond. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Seeking Whistleblowers

As highlighted in this previous post, a few months ago the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued this enforcement advisory concerning companies and individuals “that timely and voluntarily disclose to the Division violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) involving foreign corrupt practices, where the voluntary disclosure is followed by full cooperation and appropriate remediation.”

Certain sources, including the FCPA Blog, falsely claimed that the CFTC is now investigating and prosecuting FCPA violations; however the CFTC advisory clearly concerns violations of the CEA. (See here for a recent FCPA Flash podcast on the topic).

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Friday Roundup

Roundup

Consistently damaged, across the pond, scrutiny alerts and updates, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

“Consistently Damaged”

In this 12 minute video, Neil Bruce (CEO and President of SNC-Lavalin) describes his frustration for how the company is not being offered a remediation agreement (Canada’s term for a deferred prosecution agreement) in connection with its long-standing scrutiny. (See here and here for prior posts).

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Lisa Osofsky (Director Of U.K. Serious Fraud Office) Speaks On A Variety Of Topics

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U.S. enforcement officials are not the only ones who speak at FCPA conferences hosted by for-profit conference firms. (See here). “Foreign officials” do as well.

So let’s see, the conference firms are “domestic concerns” under the FCPA, a speaking slot is a thing of value, the foreign law enforcement official is a “foreign official,” and the thing of value to the foreign official helps drive attendance to the conference firm’s paid event. But, I digress.

Recently, Lisa Osofsky (Director of the U.K. Serious Fraud Office) delivered this speech at an FCPA conference and touched upon the following topics: SFO priorities, international cooperation, corporate cooperation and integrity, and the SFO’s use of technology.

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Friday Roundup

Roundup

Interesting, across the pond, non-profit scrutiny, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Interesting

The DOJ’s FCPA’s Corporate Enforcement Policy states:

“When a company has voluntarily self disclosed misconduct in an FCPA matter, fully cooperated, and timely and appropriately remediated … there will be a presumption that the company will receive a declination absent aggravating circumstances involving the seriousness of the offense or the nature of the offender. Aggravating circumstances that may warrant a criminal resolution include, but are not limited to, involvement by executive management of the company in the misconduct; a significant profit to the company from the misconduct; pervasiveness of the misconduct within the company; and criminal recidivism.”

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