DOJ Seeks to Reassure on FCPA Enforcement

A flurry of FCPA settlements preceded the inauguration of President Donald Trump, with the last – Las Vegas Sands – made public at 7 p.m. the day before he was sworn into office. Since then, all has been quiet on the FCPA front. The new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has made it clear that the DOJ’s enforcement priority will be violent crimes, which has left many practitioners wondering what kind of FCPA enforcement to expect from the new administration. In three recent speeches, DOJ officials have said that white-collar crime, including the FCPA, will remain a focus for the DOJ. And, according to Nathaniel Edmonds, a partner at Paul Hastings, the DOJ has recently made offers to several companies under investigation and a new spate of settlements may be coming down the pike. See “DOJ’s Guidance Shows That Compliance Programs Still Matter” (Mar. 15, 2017).

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