Paul Weiss Discusses FCPA Enforcement and Anti-Corruption Developments

2016 was, by any measure, an extraordinary year for the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission assessed a record-shattering total of nearly $2.5 billion in penalties.  But despite those record numbers, open questions remain as to the impact of the Yates Memo, which instructs prosecutors to focus on prosecutions of individuals, and of the FCPA Pilot Program, which encourages corporate self-reporting of wrongdoing.  Looking at anti-corruption developments more broadly, we see notable increases in the extent and sophistication of international cooperation and coordination and in the activities of the … Read more

Paul Weiss Discusses New Signs of Vigorous FCPA Enforcement

As the end of their fiscal years approached on September 30, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a number of resolutions, underscoring their pronouncements that “vigorous enforcement”[1] of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act remains a “high priority”[2] for both agencies.  These resolutions, which we summarize in this memorandum, provide more significant detail about the underlying FCPA violations than did previous resolutions, in keeping with the DOJ’s stated “effort to promote both transparency and accountability”[3] through their publication and the SEC’s desire to build a “robust disclosure regime.”[4]  Along similar … Read more