Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York and Washington DC offices edit the digest and select the most important material so that you can use this digest as a single source of information.
In this edition, among the many topics discussed, we report on news that a United States District Court restricted the reach of the FCPA by holding that the FCPA does not extend accomplice liability to non-resident foreign nationals who are not subject to direct liability under the FCPA; a speech made by the Deputy Attorney of the DOJ, along with an associated memorandum, which note that holding individuals accountable is one of the most effective means of combatting corporate misconduct; and an update regarding the ongoing FIFA corruption matter.
Updates from the UK include a report on a speech made by the Director of the SFO regarding its operations in which he discusses the introduction of deferred prosecution agreements and gives an insight into why investigations by the SFO take a long time to conclude; and news that a new anti-corruption unit has been established to investigate cases of international corruption and, in particular, the bribery of foreign public officials.
Global updates include reports from Brazil that two senior figures associated with Brazil's ruling Workers' Party will face trial over their alleged roles in the Petrobras corruption matter; news of Ghana’s Judicial Council investigating 34 judges following accusations of bribery made by a local investigative journalist; the resignation of Egypt’s government amid allegations of corruption; reports that the former President of Guatemala is to stand trial on corruption charges following allegations that he devised a system where businesses paid bribes to officials to clear imports through customs at a low rate of tax; Transparency International’s 11th Annual Progress Report which discusses the enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention; plus anti-corruption developments in Canada, China, India, Romania and more from around the globe.
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