An in-depth look at antitrust activity and litigation over the past several years, with keen insight into what’s to come. Effective compliance programs are vital, without a doubt. But if your organization is faced with an antitrust violation, don’t expect leniency from the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice on those grounds.
If the past is any indicator (and it normally is), the DOJ will continue to step up enforcement against individuals. This applies to ongoing investigations, forthcoming cases and even past corporate settlements, which the agency has been sifting through in order to bring individual criminal charges where none were brought originally.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” is one of the signature lines from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. I thought about that when I read recent articles, “Questions Are Asked of Rot in Banking Culture” and “Lawmakers Tell Justice Dept. to Seek Swiss Banker Extraditions.”
As demonstrated below, the sentences handed down in 2013 were a mixed bag, and (except for Frederic Bourke) all individuals cooperated with the government to some extent.
March 10th was the 101st anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman. She was one of the greatest conductors on the Underground Railroad, which took slaves out of the old south and up to freedom in the north and into Canada. I read about her as a child and her story always moved me.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity in 2013 was robust, with the DOJ and SEC bringing 31 new FCPA enforcement actions, exceeding 2012’s total of 25.
Sometimes people operate with blinders. I don’t mean to suggest that people deliberately put blinders on to ignore issues; they sort of just grow into a person’s personality.
Investment banks are increasingly concerned about corruption liability arising from issuers for which they structure and execute capital market transactions.
At the end of 2013, the DOJ issued its only Opinion Procedure Release of the year. A law firm partner used the opinion process to ask whether he or she would violate the FCPA by paying the medical expenses of the daughter ...
Many companies have an investigation protocol in place when a potential Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) or other legal issue arises. However, many Boards do not have the same rigor when it comes to an investigation, which should be conducted or led by the Board itself.