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10 key talking points from the FCPA conference

10 key talking points from the FCPA conference

Just Anti-Corruption looks at what senior DOJ and SEC officials chose to highlight at the American Conference Institute’s 33rd International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

FCPA chiefs attempt to address “strange little privilege problem”

FCPA chiefs attempt to address “strange little privilege problem”

The head of the US Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act said on 1 December that outside counsel may be able to avoid a privilege dilemma by bringing someone who is not a lawyer, such as a private investigator, along to internal interviews.

FCPA Docket: Unaoil challenges SFO’s Monaco raids

FCPA Docket: Unaoil challenges SFO’s Monaco raids

2 December 2016: In today’s news, Unaoil says the UK’s Serious Fraud Office went on a fishing expedition in a raid on the oil consultancy’s Monaco office; Walmart’s FCPA costs rise above US$800 million; and Manhattan prosecutors reject claims in the UN bribery case that a recent Supreme Court ruling undermines the corruption charges.

Weissmann: Companies failing to get the message on remediation

Weissmann: Companies failing to get the message on remediation

The DOJ’s fraud section chief is anticipating an uptick in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitors this year, in part because companies are not doing enough to prevent future mishaps.

JPMorgan FCPA case puts ‘princeling’ debate to rest, says Andrew Ceresney

Andrew Ceresney, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division chief, said there should no longer be any doubt about whether hiring relatives of government officials counts as a "thing of value" under the FCPA, following the recent settlement with JPMorgan Chase.

FCPA Docket: Ex-McDermott lawyer fires back at DOJ privilege claims

1 December 2016: In today’s news, a former McDermott Will & Emery lawyer, Michael Kendall, says prosecutors in Brooklyn drew incorrect inferences from his testimony on a privilege agreement tied to the Fifa corruption case, and Trace International finds that bribery risks have increased in 60% of countries.

Yates Memo policy likely to continue under Trump, DAG says

The US Department of Justice’s renewed focus on holding individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing will probably persist under the new presidential administration, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said on 30 November.

Expect more coordinated FCPA resolutions with foreign enforcers, say US authorities

US authorities are working to resolve more FCPA cases in coordinated settlements with foreign enforcers, government officials have said.

DOJ investigating “improper payments” linked to Technip in Brazil

Energy company Technip disclosed in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing on 29 November that the Justice Department is looking into potentially “improper payments” concerning the company’s former offshore platform projects in Brazil.

FCPA Docket: Former Ericsson executive hands SEC documents in corruption probe

29 November 2016: In the latest news, Swedish media report an update in the Ericsson bribery investigation, Chinese businessman Ng Lap Seng pleads not guilty to FCPA violations, and Rio Tinto reportedly faces another probe by the SEC.

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DOJ attacks privilege pact between lawyers in Fifa bribery case

DOJ attacks privilege pact between lawyers in Fifa bribery case

The former president of Conmebol, Juan Angel Napout, used a privilege pact between his lawyers and those of the South American soccer association to thwart a US investigation into corruption allegations tied to the Fifa scandal, prosecutors in Brooklyn have argued.

DOJ boosts FCPA unit with two more prosecutors

DOJ boosts FCPA unit with two more prosecutors

The Justice Department has hired two new prosecutors in the criminal division fraud section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit – both of whom have experience in Big Law.

 

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