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What could be worse than a several-hundred-million dollar Foreign Corrupt Practices Act fine hitting your company? How about not being allowed to even compete for many of your most important contracts for a period of several years.
What could be worse than a several-hundred-million dollar Foreign Corrupt Practices Act fine hitting your company? How about not being allowed to even compete for many of your most important contracts for a period of several years. While most international companies are by now keenly aware of anti-corruption laws such as the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, there is generally less awareness of the enforcement regimes the World Bank Group and other multilateral development banks (MDBs) have developed to combat the improper use of the funds they lend. With more than 1,000 entities and individuals currently debarred by the bank alone, the MDBs have increasingly become investigative and enforcement heavyweights, capable of imposing crippling sanctions such as multiyear debarments. Every company participating in MDB-financed projects must be cognizant of their compliance guidelines and the impact of their investigative and disciplinary functions.
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By Fotis Konstantinidis, Michael Pace and Jason Wright
This article explains the DOJ’s recent emphasis on robust data analytics in anti-corruption compliance programs, outlines how data analytics can and should be used in these programs, and suggests an approach to help legal counsel and companies determine if corporate programs will pass muster with the DOJ.
By Brad Kutner
They say every defendant deserves an attorney, and that surely includes a former president, but how does a lawyer defend someone facing multiple indictments in multiple districts all while they’re running a campaign to return to the White House? Several white-collar defense attorneys who spoke with Business Crimes Bulletin’s ALM sibling The National Law Journal have some ideas.
By Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert
The Supreme Court’s Dubin decision is another worthy entrant in the long running series of SCOTUS decisions applying judicial restraints where prosecutors seem unable to restrain themselves.
By Maydeen Merino
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have proposed merger guidelines that reflect the Biden administration’s aggressive enforcement approach to corporate acquisitions that considers not only their effect on competition but on the labor market, antitrust attorneys said.