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In a striking rebuke, the U.K. Supreme Court found that the U.K. Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) overstepped its authority when it tried to access corporate documents from the United States.

February 19, 2021
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Update: On January 1, 2021, the Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (“NDAA”).

Government Investigations Update

January 4, 2021
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A recent enforcement action announced by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice included a notable plot twist – the investigation did not turn up an antitrust crime, but instead revealed a criminal conspiracy to violate the Procurement Integrity Act (“PIA,” 41 U.S.C. §§ 2101-2107).

December 10, 2020
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During a roundtable at the Fifth International Debarment Colloquium last month, Joseph Mauro, a spokesperson for the Compliance Unit of the World Bank Group’s (“World Bank”) Integrity Vice Presidency (“INT”), announced recent changes to the manner in which the World Bank will evaluate borrowers’ compliance programs in future corruption investigations.

November 5, 2020
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Mere months after Airbus entered into a record-breaking, nearly $4 billion resolution with the U.S., U.K., and France to settle foreign bribery allegations, the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) moved on July 30, 2020, to bring additional corruption charges against Airbus.

August 12, 2020
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On July 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published the Second Edition of “FCPA: A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” (the “Guide”).

V&E Government Investigations Update

July 9, 2020
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The SEC’s authority to seek disgorgement has been a spotlight issue for the last several years, and on June 22, 2020, the Supreme Court delivered a highly anticipated ruling that will have a mixed impact.

V&E Government Investigations Update

June 25, 2020
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On June 25, 2020, V&E partner Fry Wernick spoke on a Wall Street Journal / Dow Jones Risk & Compliance panel entitled, “Lessons from Recent Compliance Failures.”
June 25, 2020
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In a novel and aggressive move likely aimed at garnering goodwill with federal regulators, Venezuelan state-owned entity CITGO Petroleum Company (“CITGO”) has sued its former agent for harm CITGO alleges was caused by the agent’s payment of bribes to foreign officials.

June 3, 2020
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On January 17, 2020, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) published new guidance regarding how the office assesses the compliance programs of organizations that are under investigation…

January 29, 2020
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Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) initiated its third try to pass a rule on “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers,” 1 which would govern the…

January 22, 2020
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The recent bribery conviction of British citizen Lawrence Hoskins created a stir among white collar practitioners because it showed that the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) could be successful using…

December 16, 2019