This past year marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Since its enactment in 1977, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) has brought approximately 300 FCPA enforcement actions, while the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has brought approximately 200 cases. This anniversary year, the first year of the Trump administration, demonstrated that the FCPA continues to be a powerful tool in combating corruption abroad and encouraging compliance at global companies.
On December 20, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (EO) targeting corruption and human rights abuses around the world.
The EO implements last year’s Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (the Global Magnitsky Act), which authorized the president to impose sanctions against human rights abusers and those who facilitate government corruption. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which will administer the EO, also added 15 individuals and 37 entities to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List). Continue reading →
The decision by British voters to exit the European Union (EU) has ushered in what is likely to be a prolonged period of uncertainty as the United Kingdom (UK) seeks to define its future relationship with the EU. Brexit’s effect on enforcement policy and the investigation and prosecution of white collar crime is one area that should be of great interest to international companies with operations in the UK, their general counsel, and cross-border practitioners. At first blush, it might appear that Brexit’s impact on enforcement will be minimal, because many of the relevant UK laws are independent of EU law. The uncertainty that Brexit portends for the UK generally, however, is equally applicable in the white collar arena. Continue reading →