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In this episode, Philip Rohlik (Debevoise & Plimpton) discusses the Dun & Bradstreet enforcement action and questions just what criminal charges the DOJ actually declined and discusses other issues relevant to the so-called declination; discusses the concerning internal controls standard the SEC invoked in the enforcement action; and takes issue with certain commentary regarding the enforcement action.
In this episode, James Koukios (Morrison & Foerster and former Senior Deputy Chief of the DOJ's Fraud Section) elaborates on various points he made in this recent article including: (i) how FCPA enforcement has made "significant and positive contributions to the development of compliance programs and standards; (ii) how regulators and prosecutors may take "unfair and impractical [FCPA] positions;" and (iii) how "FCPA enforcement should not be so puritanical as to stifle legitimate business opportunities or cause companies to overspend on ineffective compliance measures."
In this episode, Jason Prince (Holland & Hart - Boise and Washington D.C.) discusses: (i) FCPA issues for companies in the Rocky Mountain West; (ii) the similarities and differences between FCPA compliance and compliance with other export or international trade regulations; and (iii) how former Idaho Senator Frank Church (who was instrumental in crafting the FCPA) might think about the modern era of FCPA enforcement.
Adriaen Morse is among a small number of individuals who has experienced the FCPA from three different vantage points (SEC enforcement attorney, in-house counsel, and private practitioner). In this episode, Morse discusses his different FCPA vantage points including: (i) which job category of the three is the most difficult and why; and (ii) which job category of the three can best advance the objectives of the FCPA?
In this episode, Camilla de Silva (Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption at the U.K. Serious Fraud Office) discusses: whether the Bribery Act (including "hard" and "soft" enforcement) has been successful in achieving its objectives; the SFO's position on ISO 37001 (it doesn't have a position); whether the Rolls-Royce enforcement action (see here for a prior post) conflicted with Article 5 of the OECD Convention; and the U.K.'s approach to multi-jurisdictional issues.
In this episode, Gregory Paw (Pepper Hamilton) and Sandra Orihuela (Orihuela Abogados - Lima, Peru and Miami) discuss the broader ramifications in South America and Latin America of the 2016 FCPA enforcement action against Brazilian companies Odebrecht/Braskem and compliance trends in these regions in the aftermath of the notable enforcement action.
In this episode, Hannibal Kemerer (Squire Patton Boggs and a former lead lawyer for Senator Arlen Specter) discusses: why Senator Specter held an FCPA oversight hearing in November 2010; what Senator Specter hoped to accomplish in the hearing, and whether the goals of the hearing were actually accomplished. Now in private practice, Kemerer also discusses the difference between approaching FCPA issues from a a private practitioner standpoint compared to a public policy standpoint.
In this episode, Michael Goldberg (Baker Botts who represented Cobalt International Energy in connection with several instances of FCPA scrutiny) discusses his client's FCPA scrutiny, the reasons for his client's refusal to settle, the negative effects Cobalt experienced despite prevailing, and how the world of investigations is broken and who shares the blame.
In this episode, Michael Levy (Paul Hastings) discusses his article "The SEC's Unlawful and Dangerous Expansion of the Exchange Act" regarding off-the-rails SEC FCPA enforcement and provides suggestions for how enforcement can get back on track given that no issuer has ever put the SEC to its burden of proof in the FCPA's 40-year history.
In this episode, Bruce Yannett (Debevoise & Plimpton) identifies and elaborates on his list of the most notable issues from 2017: (i) the DOJ's "FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy" and implications for self-reporting; (ii) international enforcement and the continuing rise of coordinated settlements; and (iii) the fallout from Kokesh v. SEC and how to balance SEC, DOJ and international enforcement and statutes of limitation.
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