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Kokesh – One Year Later

June 21, 2018

As highlighted in this previous post, on June 5, 2017 in Kokesh v. SEC the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the SEC’s position and 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.”

Although Kokesh was not a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action, it most certainly was FCPA relevant because ever 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.

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FCPA Challenge

June 21, 2018

How much do you know about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? Let’s find out.

To commemorate the FCPA’s 40th year, FCPA Professor is presenting the FCPA Challenge.

Each Thursday during 2018, a question will be posed and the answer will be below the fold.

This week’s question is: this company in the oil and gas industry has resolved two FCPA enforcement actions, the first in 2001 involving conduct in Indonesia, India and Brazil, the second in 2007 involving conduct in Nigeria, Angola, Indonesia, Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

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House Holds Hearing On FCPA Relevant Issues

June 20, 2018

Last week, the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment held a hearing titled “Ensuring Effectiveness, Fairness, and Transparency in Securities Law Enforcement.”

Several of the issues discussed at the hearing were Foreign Corrupt Practices Act relevant such as disgorgement, statute of limitations and tolling agreements, the long time periods associated with issuer scrutiny, and “regulation by enforcement.”

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Philip Rohlik Regarding The Dun & Bradstreet Enforcement Action

June 19, 2018

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.

This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with Philip Rohlik (Debevoise & Plimpton) regarding the recent Dun & Bradstreet enforcement action. As highlighted in this previous post, the enforcement action was unremarkable from a settlement amount perspective, yet serves as a microcosm of the many problems with FCPA enforcement and in the podcast Rohlik: 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.

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“Compliance Officer” / Dad

June 18, 2018

Yesterday was Father’s Day.

With twin 10-year old boys, Father is just one of my titles. Referee and Compliance Officer being a few others. As to the later, Co-Compliance Officer along with my wife is the more accurate title (I wonder what the “Compliance 2.0” [or are we on to 3.0 now] folks would say about this structure)?

Father’s Day is a chance to reflect and to be sure being a Dad has informed my view of many things including compliance. When you really think about, compliance and parenting have a lot in common.

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