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In The Words Of Hester Peirce

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This site is a big fan of SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce and this post highlights two recent statements she issued.

Neither of the statements are Foreign Corrupt Practices Act specific, but both are FCPA relevant.

Earlier this week, the SEC announced “settled charges against The Brink’s Company (“Brinks”) for requiring employees to sign restrictive confidentiality agreements prohibiting the disclosure of any financial or business information to third parties, without an exemption for potential SEC whistleblowers, from at least 2015 through 2019.”

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Richard Shine’s 1982 Lecture – “Enforcement Of The FCPA By The Department Of Justice”

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The year was 1982 and Richard Shine was Chief, Multinational Fraud Branch, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice (the name given to the DOJ’s then de facto FCPA Unit).  Shine gave a lecture titled “Enforcement of the FCPA by the Department of Justice” at Syracuse University that was published by the Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce – see 9 Syr. J. Int’l L. & Com. 283 (1982).

Three things stand out from Shine’s lecture.

First, the lecture is populated with references to the FCPA’s legislative history.  On one level, this is not surprising given that in 1982 the DOJ was likely still finding its way as to the FCPA and its enforcement and it is logical that the legislative history – which evidences Congressional intent – would be a guide.

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In The Words of Stanley Sporkin

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Stanley Sporkin passed away in March 2020 and this prior post highlighted his contributions relevant to the enactment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (he was the head of SEC enforcement during the mid-1970’s) as well as his advocacy for FCPA reform later in his career.

Recently the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit released this oral history of Sporkin.

As relevant to the FCPA, Sporkin stated:

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The FCPA Turns 42

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Today our favorite statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, turns 42.

In signing the FCPA into law, President Jimmy Carter stated:

“I am pleased to sign into law S. 305, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and the Domestic and Foreign Investment Improved Disclosure Act of 1977. During my campaign for the Presidency, I repeatedly stressed the need for tough legislation to prohibit corporate bribery. S. 305 provides that necessary sanction. I share Congress’s belief that bribery is ethically repugnant and competitively unnecessary. Corrupt practices between corporations and public officials overseas undermine the integrity and stability of governments and harm our relations with other countries. Recent revelations of widespread overseas bribery have eroded public confidence in our basic institutions.

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