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New SEC chair defends 2011 FCPA paper

New SEC chair defends 2011 FCPA paper

May 17, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

Jay Clayton has defended a report he helped write for the New York City Bar Association in 2011 criticising the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, saying the paper was “clear that combating government corruption is an important policy objective.”

New sentencing policy won’t affect FCPA pilot programme

New sentencing policy won’t affect FCPA pilot programme

May 12, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on 10 May to toughen their approach to charging and sentencing, in a new policy aimed at drug crimes. The guidance won't have a knock-on effect on the FCPA pilot programme, a spokesman for the department said.

DOJ and White House reach consensus on criminal division chief pick

DOJ and White House reach consensus on criminal division chief pick

May 02, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

The Donald Trump administration will nominate a former George W Bush-era Department of Justice official to lead the agency’s criminal division, according to two people familiar with the White House’s plans.

Jeff Sessions sets out future of FCPA enforcement

Jeff Sessions sets out future of FCPA enforcement

April 24, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told in-house counsel at a conference in Washington, DC that the DOJ will continue to prosecute foreign bribery cases to protect honest businesses and free competition. But he also voiced some reservations about globally coordinated enforcement actions.

DOJ tries to dispel ‘myth’ that white-collar crime is no longer priority

DOJ tries to dispel ‘myth’ that white-collar crime is no longer priority

April 20, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

At a conference dedicated to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act packed with white-collar crime defence lawyers and in-house counsel, the top-ranking political appointee in the DOJ criminal division spent the first part of his keynote speech talking about violent crime.

Fraud section policy official tempers significance of compliance counsel

Fraud section policy official tempers significance of compliance counsel

April 20, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

Pablo Quiñones, a policy official in the DOJ’s criminal division, has emphasised that the department’s prosecutors, not Hui Chen, ultimately decide how to evaluate compliance programmes when bringing an enforcement action.

DOJ could encourage more voluntary disclosure, McFadden says

DOJ could encourage more voluntary disclosure, McFadden says

April 18, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

The Department of Justice is reviewing whether its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot programme can be tweaked to encourage more self-reporting, acting principal deputy assistant attorney general Trevor McFadden said in a speech.

SEC announces FCPA unit chief’s departure

SEC announces FCPA unit chief’s departure

April 04, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

Kara Brockmeyer, the chief of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit, will depart the agency later this month, the regulator announced on 4 April.

Senate banking committee passes SEC nominee Clayton, who pledges to enforce FCPA

Senate banking committee passes SEC nominee Clayton, who pledges to enforce FCPA

April 04, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

The US Senate banking committee has approved SEC chair nominee Jay Clayton, who says he supports international coordinated efforts to combat foreign bribery.

Tone at the top is not enough, say FCPA unit chiefs

Tone at the top is not enough, say FCPA unit chiefs

March 29, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

US government officials have said that when assessing company culture as part of an FCPA investigation, they are looking for much more than just “tone at the top.”