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Deputy Attorney General Announces Comprehensive Review of DOJ Corporate Enforcement Policies

By Leslie R. Caldwell, Douglas K. Yatter, and E. Wistar Wilson

On October 6, 2017, Deputy Attorney General of the United States Rod J. Rosenstein announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is actively reviewing a wide range of existing corporate enforcement policies. In a speech delivered at New York University School of Law’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, Rosenstein unveiled a plan to review and reconsider existing DOJ policies, and to consolidate policies in official sources like the US Attorneys’ Manual, which provides formal guidance to all DOJ prosecutors.[1] This represents a departure from DOJ’s approach in recent years, and may result in significant changes to DOJ policy in a number of areas. This article summarizes Rosenstein’s remarks, notes related DOJ developments, and discusses possible implications for corporate enforcement. Continue reading

CFTC Releases New Enforcement Cooperation Guidelines

by Richard D. Owens and Douglas K. Yatter

On January 19, 2017, the Division of Enforcement (Division) of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) issued two Enforcement Advisories outlining its approach for evaluating cooperation by corporations and individuals in the agency’s investigations and enforcement actions. The Division investigates and prosecutes alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission regulations involving registered firms and other market participants across the financial, energy, and agricultural sectors as well as other commodities markets. The new Enforcement Advisories are the first update to the CFTC’s corporate cooperation guidelines since 2007 and the Division’s first statement of its policy for cooperating individuals. This article highlights how the CFTC’s new cooperation guidelines address certain important issues in the continually evolving landscape for engaging with civil and criminal enforcement authorities. Continue reading

Evolution of the CFTC’s Whistleblower Program

by Douglas K. Yatter, Yvette D. Valdez, and J. Ashley Weeks

Financial services firms and market participants face an ever-evolving landscape of regulatory programs designed to encourage and enable whistleblowers to report potential misconduct. On August 30, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published proposed amendments to its whistleblower program.[1] Drawing from the agency’s experience in administering its program over the past five years, as well as strides the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made in administering its analogous program, the CFTC’s proposal aims to enhance the whistleblower review process and adopt new enforcement authority for whistleblower retaliation. Continue reading