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Holding Corporate Officers Accountable: Challenges for the Justice Department’s FCPA

When senior government prosecutors discuss their white collar enforcement priorities, the prosecution of individuals frequently tops their list. Last fall, the Deputy Attorney General ordered all federal prosecutors to prioritize prosecutions of individuals accountable for corporate misconduct, and she made corporations’ ability to receive cooperation credit in criminal settlement agreements contingent upon the corporation providing “all relevant facts about the individuals involved in the corporate misconduct.”

Pharmaceutical Industry Under U.S. Anti-Corruption Regulatory Spotlight

At the annual “SEC Speaks” conference on February 19, 2016 in Washington, DC, the head of the SEC’s FCPA Unit, Kara Brockmeyer, warned pharmaceutical companies that their industry will be under renewed scrutiny in 2016.  She said the SEC “is going back to the pharma industry after a break for a period of years.”  Brockmeyer also highlighted increased international cooperation that will make government enforcement easier going forward.

Proposed Amendments to the PRC Anti-Unfair Competition Law Provide Greater Clarity on Commercial Bribery and Impose Tougher Sanctions

Notably, the Draft Amendments introduce new definitions, enhanced enforcement measures and tougher sanctions to regulate commercial bribery, which echoes the ongoing corruption sweep in China. The Draft Amendments signal the Chinese government’s intention to further tighten their stance on tackling commercial bribery.

Casting a Wider Net: Conspiracy Charges In Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Cases

Prosecutors in the U.S. have a longstanding practice of utilizing conspiracy charges to expand the scope and jurisdictional reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), particularly with respect to its anti-bribery provisions. While aspects of this practice have been subject to recent court scrutiny, this article discusses how conspiracy charges continue to assist the government in overcoming the myriad legal obstacles to establishing a substantive FCPA violation.

WADA: IAAF knew of Russian doping scandal, corruption

A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s independent commission uncovered staggering levels of corruption within the International Association of Athletics Federation, track and field’s world governing body.

What Were The Least (And Most) Corrupt Countries In 2015?

What Were The Least (And Most) Corrupt Countries In 2015?

No country is free of public corruption, a scourge that has wide-ranging effects on the lives of billions of people. But in 2015, more countries saw drops in corruption than those that saw gains, according to the new Corruption Perceptions Index.

Transparency International Launches the Latest Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 – China Loses Ground

On 3 December 2014, Transparency International (“TI”) launched its latest Corruption Perceptions Index (“CPI”) 2014. The CPI ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. In this latest CPI, 175 countries are included.