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GIR 100 2018

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Anti-corruption compliance resources appear to have declined

Anti-corruption compliance resources appear to have declined

US government officials have repeatedly emphasised that FCPA enforcement has continued unabated under the Trump administration. Nevertheless, companies are spending less on complying with foreign bribery laws.

SEC chair struggles to defend “neither admit nor deny” settlements

SEC chair struggles to defend “neither admit nor deny” settlements

When grilled by a Republican senator on the SEC’s frequent use of settlements that do not require wrongdoers to admit guilt, the regulator’s chair struggled for answers.

FCPA Docket: Ex-PDVSA official admits to hindering US investigation

FCPA Docket: Ex-PDVSA official admits to hindering US investigation

In today’s news roundup, the Justice Department has taken action against a defendant who concealed facts from prosecutors in a Venezuelan bribery case, and Trace releases a report ranking countries on how risky they are to do business in.

Bilfinger DPA expires after turbulent five-year monitorship

Bilfinger DPA expires after turbulent five-year monitorship

After a troubled monitorship, German engineering company Bilfinger has said that its foreign bribery deferred prosecution agreement is now over.

“McDonnell is quite different” to bribery case against South Korean, says appeals judge

During a hearing for an appeal against the bribery-related conviction of a former South Korean seismologist, the defence and prosecution argued about the relevance of a domestic corruption case.

Benczkowski recuses himself from Mueller investigation

After sustained Democratic pressure, the head of the DOJ’s criminal division has recused himself from the special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

Bilfinger hopes its long, tumultuous corporate monitorship is near end

A German engineering company with a spotty compliance record has aggressively challenged its corporate monitor, a whistleblower and its own anti-corruption investigators. In a new era of light-touch enforcement, will the DOJ release Bilfinger from foreign bribery oversight anyway?

“From hubris to humility in 60 seconds flat”: Key cooperator in Fifa case sentenced

In a Brooklyn federal court, former Fifa official Rafael Salguero was sentenced to time served after his substantial cooperation with the government.

FCPA-related personnel and policy changes

Yates memo change turns attention to meaning of substantial involvement

The DOJ’s changes to a three-year-old policy on prosecuting individuals in corporate cases raises questions, but government officials don’t quite have all the answers yet.

DOJ tones down Yates memo

The Department of Justice has relaxed its policy on requiring companies seeking cooperation credit to turn over all relevant facts on individuals tied to misconduct.

Editor's picks

FCPA in Asia: “We’re not even getting called in for investigations”

FCPA in Asia: “We’re not even getting called in for investigations”

The once fruitful line of US-led foreign bribery work appears to be drying up in East Asia as lawyers report a significant drop off in cases and companies increasingly attempt to sidestep US bribery probes.

Anti-corruption measures in new NAFTA lack teeth, lawyers say

Anti-corruption measures in new NAFTA lack teeth, lawyers say

Lawyers GIR Just Anti-Corruption spoke to explain how anti-corruption provisions in the proposed trade agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada might fall flat.

 

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