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Global Investigations Review Reveals GIR Awards Shortlist
Global Investigations Review will announce the winners of the GIR Awards at a glamorous black-tie ceremony in New York on Sept. 24.
Sigelman Sentenced to 3 Years Probation in Foreign Bribery Conspiracy
U.S. District Judge Joseph Irenas, remaining hostile to the government to the end, gave no prison time to the former PetroTiger Ltd. co-CEO.
Quinn Emanuel Snags Sam Williamson from Kirkland & Ellis
The only former federal U.S. prosecutor practicing in Asia who also speaks Mandarin and Japanese, Williamson will be managing partner of Quinn’s Shanghai office.
Criminal Division Will Do More to Explain Charging Decisions, Caldwell Says
While containing many familiar themes, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell’s remarks on Friday also marked one of the most focused attempts since publication of 2012’s A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to address complaints from the business community that charging decisions are too opaque.
Judge Tosses Conservative Provocateur James O’Keefe’s Libel Claim Against Main Justice
Main Justice accurately reported the outcome of the videographer-activist’s 2010 prosecution in Louisiana, meaning O’Keefe had no claim, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled.
Senior Deputy Chief James Koukios Departs DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section
The former Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit trial attorney and Assistant Chief is the 16th prosecutor since 2010 to jump to an FCPA-related private sector job. UPDATE: Morrison & Foerster issued a press release on April 6 confirming Just Anti-Corruption’s previous report that Koukios is joining the firm.
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FCPA Prosecuting Experience, Once a Stop in a Public Service Career, Is Now Springboard to the Private Sector
Criminal Division Fraud Section organizational charts analyzed by Just Anti-Corruption from 2005 to the present show starkly divergent career paths for former FCPA unit prosecutors before and after Mark Mendelsohn jumped to Paul Weiss in 2010. While not a surprise, what’s striking is how completely the numbers have flipped.
On Capitol Hill, SEC Enforcement Chief Parries Criticism of Administrative Law System
Andrew Ceresney on Thursday faced harsh questioning about the agency’s in-house legal system from members of the House Committee on Financial Services.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell’s Prepared Remarks at the ACAMS Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crime Conference
Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Counsel’s Statement Draws Terse Rebuke from DOJ Inspector General
Amanda Marshall is reportedly under investigation for stalking a subordinate. Her attorney may have poured oil on the fire with a disputed assertion to The Oregonian newspaper.
WilmerHale Snags SDNY’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Chief
Anjan Sahni will work as a New York-based partner in the firm’s white-collar and securities enforcement practices.
Kara Brockmeyer and Patrick Stokes Extoll Value of Self-Reporting
Addressing Georgetown Law’s Corporate Counsel Institute in Washington, D.C., the top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcers at the SEC and DOJ emphasized that companies that cooperate with foreign bribery investigations will receive leniency.
Sidley Austin Snags Former Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole
One of the longest-serving DAGs in Justice Department history, Cole will focus on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters in private practice.
House of Cards: The FCPA Guide’s Claim to Fame
For all those who work in the corporate compliance space, Claire Underwood’s chosen reading material is their own little inside joke. UPDATED with COMMENT FROM CHUCK DUROSS
Transparency Groups Ask Treasury to End Secrecy Surrounding Foreign Real Estate Acquisitions in U.S.
The letter was in reaction to a recent New York Times series, called “Towers of Secrecy,” that unmasked the foreign owners behind secretive shell companies that have acquired hundreds of millions of dollars in luxury New York real estate.
Las Vegas Sands Sanctioned Again for ‘Misrepresentations’ About Macau Data Privacy
A district judge rebuked Las Vegas Sands Corp. for ignoring the court’s previous sanctions order and continuing to use Macau data privacy laws to delay discovery in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by the former CEO of the gaming company’s Macau-based operations.
Covington & Burling Launches Los Angeles Office
The firm expects to meld its D.C. legal expertise with the needs of L.A.’s media market.
Patrick Stokes Talks FCPA Enforcment at ABA White Collar Crime Conference in New Orleans
Stokes, a Deputy Chief inside the Justice Department Criminal Division Fraud Section, gave his insights into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement and revealed more details of the FBI’s new anti-corruption squad.
Mayer Brown Webinar Explores Ramifications of Brazil’s Petrobras Corruption Scandal
On Wednesday, Mayer Brown attorneys Salim Jorge Saud Neto in Rio de Janeiro, Kelly B. Kramer in Washington, D.C.; and São Paulo-based Leonardo Morato laid out recent developments in Brazil’s wide-ranging investigations into bribery and kickbacks at the state-owned oil company Petrobras.
Former Fraud Section Chief Jeff Knox Emphasizes Importance of ‘Bigger-Ticket Items’ in FCPA Compliance
Knox told corporate professionals at a conference Wednesday to focus less on gifts, travel and entertainment when designing compliance programs.
Judge SLAPPs Down Casino Mogul Steve Wynn’s FCPA-Inspired Slander Claim
Defendant James Chanos’s motion to strike the case under California’s law protecting free speech on issues of public interest was “particularly apt in this case,” U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick wrote from San Francisco.
Holder Promotes Mizer to Head Civil Division
Holder is promoting Mizer from a position as senior advisor to the Attorney General, where he dealt with issues related to constitutional law, national security, civil rights, civil litigation, antitrust law, as well as the Supreme Court.
Schiff Hardin Nabs Former SDNY Prosecutor
Ryan P. Poscablo is a six-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.
After 6 Years as Attorney General, Eric Holder Gets Star-Studded Sendoff
President Barack Obama, along with soul legend Aretha Franklin, paid tribute to the third-longest serving Attorney General as Holder’s official portrait was unveiled.
Resolve the Stuxnet Leak Investigation
Opinion: As Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to leave office amid a legacy of aggressive national security leak probes, what will he do about a leak that many suspect may have been authorized by the White House itself?
Holder Tears up as DoJ Celebrates 80 Years in Main Justice Building
The outgoing Attorney General has spent much of his professional life in or around the 1930s-era Art Deco building housing the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington.