The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act contains specific penalty provisions for both violations of the anti-bribery and books and records and internal control provisions. However, in the FCPA’s modern era there has been a dramatic shift by the SEC away from the FCPA’s statutory penalties in most corporate enforcement action towards disgorgement.
The 2004 FCPA enforcement action against ABB is believed to be the first FCPA enforcement in which the SEC sought a disgorgement remedy.
Since then, the SEC has secured approximately $5.1 billion in disgorgement (and associated pre-judgment interest) in approximately 150 corporate enforcement actions. Set forth below is the current top 20 list of SEC disgorgement amounts.