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Coordination or Duplication? DOJ Adopts New Policy to Prevent ‘Piling On’ of Corporate Penalties

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…

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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.

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