This week, the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) will offer the world a first glimpse into its priorities for the year ahead, following its change of guard. The agency’s annual “SEC Speaks” event takes place on 21 and 22 February, in Washington, DC. The agency’s chair, Mary Jo White, will deliver the keynote speech at the hotly anticipated conference – her first since she was sworn in April 2013.
International anti-bribery organisation TRACE International has launched an award to celebrate the most exemplary anti-bribery compliance programme. Nominations must be in by Friday. The organisation welcomes self-nominations and nominations from others for the Innovation in Anti-Bribery Compliance award. Submission details can be found here, and the winner will be announced at the 10th Annual TRACE Forum in Washington, DC, on 26 March.
David Green, the director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, and Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders have issued guidelines for prosecutors on the use of deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), which will become available on 24 February. The joint code of practice was published on 14 February. GIR will report on the introduction of DPAs in more depth next week.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed setting up a new internet network in Europe to prevent automatic data transfers to the US. The internet’s infrastructure is predominantly in the US, and huge amounts of data routinely pass through or end up in the country. Her comments came after recent revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been intercepting communications worldwide – including some sent from Merkel’s mobile phone.
SAC Capital chief compliance officer Steve Kessler is leaving the firm, Bloomberg reports.
Kessler spent nine years at SAC Capital, which in November last year agreed to pay US$1.8 billion to settle insider trading charges.
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