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In May 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new policy to address a growing problem in white-collar criminal and civil enforcement. With increased frequency, law enforcement investigations of financial institutions and multinational corporations involve cooperation and information-sharing among governments, as well as among U.S. federal, state and local agencies. As Steven R. Peikin, co-director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement, observed in a speech in November 2017: “The level of cooperation and coordination among regulators and law enforcement worldwide is on a sharply upward trajectory.” As a result, companies have faced multiple — and often duplicative — penalties in numerous jurisdictions, particularly in the area of anticorruption enforcement.
By Joseph F. Savage, Jr. and Marielle Sanchez
Elections have consequences, and the election of President Trump has resulted in a significant shift in law enforcement priorities. Corporate enforcement activity is at lows not seen in decades, despite an overall increase in federal criminal cases. This is a product of a change in priorities, both in terms of types of offenses and types of offender. So, for the time being, there will be almost unprecedented opportunity to achieve favorable resolutions for corporate clients.
By Harry Sandick and Danielle Quinn
A defendant who pleads guilty is usually required to waive a host of constitutional and statutory rights, such as the right to a jury trial, the right to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses, the right to testify and present evidence. However, many defendants are also required to waive their right to appeal in order to receive a favorable plea agreement with the government.
By Robert J. Anello and Kostya Lantsman
Business has gone global. So too has business-related crime. In the interconnected business environment, white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions frequently present cross-border issues and affect U.S. foreign relations. Indeed, in some recent high-profile cases, the Trump administration has implied that it sees law enforcement — or the lack of it — as one of the tools in its foreign policy arsenal.
By Surya Kundu
Seventh Circuit Distinguishes Between Truth and Truthiness