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Business Organizations Should Not Take The DOJ’s Latest Voluntary Disclosure Bait

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The DOJ’s efforts to entice business organizations to voluntarily disclose (in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act context and otherwise) stretches back approximately 15 years (see this prior post collecting various DOJ speeches going back to 2004).

Fast forward to 2012, then it was the FCPA Guidance which sought to entice business organizations to voluntarily disclose by, among other things, highlighting six “anonymized examples of matters DOJ and SEC have declined to pursue” where a common thread was voluntary disclosure.

In April 2016, it was the DOJ’s pilot program, an effort – in the words of the DOJ –  to “encourage voluntary corporate self-disclosure.”

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Issues To Consider From The Panasonic Enforcement Action

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This prior post went in-depth into the $280 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Japan-based Panasonic Corp.  and a U.S. subsidiary Panasonic Avionics Corp. (PAC).

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

Timeline

As highlighted in this prior post, Panasonic’s FCPA scrutiny appears to have begun in early 2013. Thus from start to finish, the company’s FCPA scrutiny lasted approximately 5.5 years.

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The Many Issues To Consider From The Dun & Bradstreet Enforcement Action

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Some people simply read FCPA enforcement actions, accept the enforcement theories advanced, record the enforcement statistics, and go about their day.

Not here at FCPA Professor. Just because the FCPA is a fundamentally sound statute, does not mean that FCPA enforcement is necessarily fundamentally sound.

Prior posts here and here went in-depth into the SEC’s $9.2 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Dun & Bradstreet based on the conduct of two indirect Chinese subsidiaries from 6 – 12 years ago.

This post continues the analysis by highlighting the many troubling or notable issues to consider from the enforcement action.

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Friday Roundup

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Elevate, further to the clustering phenomenon, transparency, dismissed, and incomplete. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Elevate

Learning a new topic or elevating your knowledge and practical skills in a topic is not just for formal students in formal educational settings. Professionals in the workplace can also benefit from back to “school” experiences.

For professionals in the FCPA space – or wishing to join the FCPA space – the FCPA Institute serves this objective and has “graduated” approximately 200 hundred diverse professionals since its launch in 2014.

The next FCPA Institute will take place in Nashville on May 3-4th. See here to learn more and to register.

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Flip-Flop On The Merits Of Voluntary Disclosure

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Based on conversations I’ve had with several Foreign Corrupt Practices Act practitioners (those in law firms and those in companies), one common frustration with FCPA enforcement is the extent to which government enforcement attorneys say one thing while with the government and then say another thing  (often contradictory) when they leave the government.

The below flip-flop example concerning the merits of voluntary disclosure is not the only example (see here for a similar prior post), yet represents the latest example.

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