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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Jane Shvets Regarding 2020 FCPA Developments

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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 podcast episode is a conversation with Jane Shvets (Debevoise & Plimpton). Recently, the firm released it always informative FCPA Update and during the podcast Shvets talks about: (i) FCPA relevant portions of the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021; (ii) whether the DOJ’s “anti-piling” policy is indeed true in practice; (iii) the unusual Beam enforcement action and what it says about FCPA enforcement; and (iv) what the future may hold for FCPA enforcement.

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Issues To Consider From The Vitol Enforcement Action

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This prior post highlighted the net $90 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Vitol for conduct in Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico. This prior post took a closer look at the net $28.8 million enforcement action brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission based on the same core conduct.

This post continues the analysis by additional issues to consider from the FCPA enforcement action.

Gaining Access to Confidential Information

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Observations From The OECD’s Phase 4 U.S. Review Report

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Recently, the OECD released its Phase 4 review of the United State’s implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention … in effect a review of the FCPA, its enforcement, and related issues.

The first question one needs to ask themselves is whether they care what “experts from Argentina and the United Kingdom” (as stated by the OECD “the report and its recommendations reflect the findings of experts from Argentina and the United Kingdom”) think about the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. law enforcement (DOJ and SEC) policies and practices, and U.S. jurisprudence.

In any event, the Phase 4 Report “explores issues such as detection, enforcement, corporate liability, and international cooperation, as well as covering unresolved issues from prior reports.” (See here for a 2010 post summarizing the OECD’s Phase 3 review).

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Are SEC Tolling Agreements Actually Enforceable?

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A guest post from Russell Ryan (King & Spalding and former Assistant Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement).

Most readers of FCPA Professor are well aware that tolling agreements are commonplace in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.  Investigations in this space are notoriously lengthy and protracted, in part because misconduct can remain hidden for years and a good portion of the relevant evidence and witnesses is typically located overseas.

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Issues To Consider From The Eni Enforcement Action

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This prior post went in-depth into the recent Eni enforcement action and this post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

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As stated in Eni’s recent disclosure: “In 2012, Eni contacted the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and the U.S. SEC in order to voluntarily inform them about this matter, and has kept them informed about the developments in the Italian Prosecutors’ investigations and proceedings. Following Eni’s notification, both the U.S. SEC and the DoJ started their own investigations regarding this matter.”

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