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Facade Of Enforcement Across The Pond

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A facade of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement is when a business organization – often for reasons of risk aversion and efficiency – agrees to resolve an enforcement action in the absence of any judicial scrutiny even though no employee or agent of the company (business organizations obviously can only act through real human beings) was charged. (See here for the article “The Facade of FCPA Enforcement” and here for the article “Measuring the Impact of NPAs and DPAs on FCPA Enforcement.”)

Even more troubling is when employees are charged, put the government to its burden of proof, are acquitted yet the business organization still resolves an enforcement action based on the same underlying conduct.

This 2014 post, published after the United Kingdom formally adopted deferred prosecution agreements, was titled “The U.K. Enters the Facade Era.” As discussed below, recently there was a major facade moment in the U.K.

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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

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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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