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Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) Mitigation Specifically for Unclassified Contracts

In May 2024, the US Department of Defense (DoD) published the long-awaited DoD Instruction [1] (FOCI Instruction) expanding the FOCI review process from solely US government contractors that access classified information to all US government contractors performing on certain unclassified contracts with a value exceeding US$5 million. For the uninitiated, the US government mitigates FOCI … Continue Reading

WEBINAR- The 2024 Revolution in Administrative Law: Chevron and Beyond

Join #TeamSPB’s Ben Glassman, Keith Bradley and Patricia Doersch for a timely webinar on the major decisions recently issued by SCOTUS.  The panel will cover each of the recent decisions (Loper Bright v. Raimondo, SEC v. Jarkesy, Ohio v. EPA, and Corner Post v. the Fed) and discuss the consequences, as well as the opportunities … Continue Reading

End of the Chevron Era: The Future of Agency Enforcement Shifts to Courts

With its second of two landmark decisions impacting the future of federal agency enforcement, SCOTUS struck down the Chevron decision last week.  In a 6-3 decision in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, the Court shifted enforcement power away from agencies and to the federal courts. The implications of the Chevron decision are both significant and … Continue Reading

SCOTUS Ruling in Jarkesy Foreshadows Big Changes in Federal Enforcement

SPB’s Keith Bradley authored an article for Bloomberg Law covering a recent SCOTUS decision with significant ramifications: SEC v. Jarkesy. We believe that Jarkesy will decidedly shift the landscape of agency adjudication and regulatory enforcement. For the background and possible implications of this decision, read the full article at Supreme Court’s Jarkesy Ruling Upends SEC … Continue Reading

The Chevron Reversal and Sanctions Litigation

With the recent SCOTUS decision overturning Chevron, lawyers involved in administrative litigation are considering how the decision will affect their matters.  Sanctions litigation is one area which will be impacted.  Now, when sanctions designations are challenged in court, the government will no longer be able to simply invoke Chevron deference and Specially Designated Nationals (“SDNs”) … Continue Reading

Who Determines Materiality of Cybersecurity Incidents in Light of Recent SEC Rule Requiring Disclosure of Cybersecurity Incidents?

In December 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) new rule requiring disclosure of material cybersecurity incidents became effective. SPB previously analyzed how the new rule applies to incidents affecting third-party vendors and what companies can do to manage reporting risks created by third-party cybersecurity incidents. In the first half of 2024, more than … Continue Reading

New 10-Year Statute of Limitations for U.S. Sanctions Violations

On April 24, 2024, President Biden signed into law H.R. 815[1], an emergency supplemental appropriations law, that provides $95.3 billion in military aid to U.S. allies and requires the divestiture of certain social media applications. While much of the discussion surrounding the new law focuses on the emergency foreign aid funding for Ukraine, Israel, and … Continue Reading

The Price Cap on Russian Oil – Part 2: Updated OFAC Guidance

In our previous article on this topic (which you can read here), we analyzed recent enforcement activity by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) related to the maritime transport of Russian-origin crude oil and Russian-origin petroleum products above price caps agreed by the “Price Cap Coalition,” comprising Australia, Canada, … Continue Reading

Webinar: The REPO Act – Political and Legal Impacts for International Businesses

Congress recently passed the Rebuilding Prosperity and Opportunity for Ukrainians (“REPO”) Act, bipartisan legislation authorizing the Administration to seize billions of dollars in Russian sovereign assets to fund Ukraine reconstruction and aid. The legislation raises issues that could have political and legal consequences – for companies and individuals. Join members of the firm’s Policy and … Continue Reading

The Price Cap on Russian Oil – Part 1: Increased OFAC Enforcement

In June 2022, the Group of Seven (“G7”) countries—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States—decided to pursue a policy to cap the price of Russian oil. In December 2022, the G7 countries, joined by Australia and the supranational European Union (together, the “Price Cap Coalition”) officially implemented measures to ban … Continue Reading

Navigating AI Risks: A Guide to Enhancing Corporate Compliance Programs

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, the integration of artificial intelligence (“AI”) into business operations presents unparalleled opportunities for efficiency and innovation. Alongside these advancements, however, come new challenges and risks that must be addressed to ensure regulatory compliance and ethical responsibility. Recently, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has underscored the importance of proactively managing … Continue Reading

DOJ Promises Whistleblower Rewards Pilot Program and Adds AI Risk to Its Evaluation of Corporation Compliance Programs

On March 7, 2024, US Deputy Attorney General, Lisa O. Monaco announced the development of a new “DOJ-run whistleblower rewards program” during her speech at the American Bar Association’s 39th National Institute on White Collar Crime.[1]  The announcement signals “a 90-day sprint to develop and implement a pilot program, with a formal start date later this … Continue Reading

The SDNY Whistleblower Pilot Program Within the Framework of Corporate Criminal Enforcement

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York recently announced a policy—called the “SDNY Whistleblower Pilot Program”—that seeks to encourage individuals to voluntarily disclose financial crimes in which they themselves participated. First unveiled in January 2024 and then revised this month, the policy sets forth the circumstances under which SDNY says … Continue Reading

Navigating Shifting Legal Landscapes: Implications of Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco’s Address to Oxford University on Artificial Intelligence

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco’s (“Monaco”) recent remarks at Oxford University shed light on the evolving intersection of artificial intelligence (“AI”) and the criminal enforcement landscape and its profound implications for the United States Department of Justice and beyond. As the Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Justice, Monaco’s insights underscore the critical importance … Continue Reading

Managing and Reporting Third-Party Cybersecurity Incidents Under the New SEC Cyber Risk Regulations

The rules on reporting cybersecurity risks and incidents pose many challenges for companies. Those challenges can be even more difficult when the cybersecurity incident affects third-party systems. With no exceptions for third-party cybersecurity incidents under the new cybersecurity reporting regulations, companies should take proactive steps to assess and respond appropriately to third-party cybersecurity incidents. The … Continue Reading

Webinar: The New Foreign Extortion Prevention Act – What It Means for US Companies

Please join us on Tuesday, January 30 for a discussion about “the most consequential anti-foreign-bribery law passed in almost 50 years”: the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act (FEPA). FEPA allows the DOJ to prosecute foreign officials who demand or accept a bribe from a U.S. citizen or company. Our seasoned team of three former Department of … Continue Reading

FEPA: the New Tool in the DOJ’s Fight Against Corruption

On December 22, 2023, President Biden signed into law the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act (hereinafter “FEPA” or the “Act”) which was passed by the US Congress as part of the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act.  The Act aligns with the current administration’s national security agenda in that it broadens the scope and reach … Continue Reading

U.S. Sanctions Review: A Recap of OFAC’s Recent Enforcement Actions (Second Half 2023)

The second half of 2023 saw eight enforcement actions from the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”).  These actions reflect a range of penalties, industries, sanctions programs, conduct, and lessons learned.  Below are some highlights from OFAC’s enforcement releases and settlement agreements. Penalties OFAC imposed a total of $984,851,289.90 in penalties … Continue Reading

Noteworthy Trends in French White Collar Crime

France’s Sapin II Law was created in 2016 to address corporate corruption and implement antibribery measures. The legislation took effect in 2017, marking a significant shift in the country’s regulatory compliance landscape. The law, which tracks closely with similar laws in the US, UK, and other EU countries, requires large companies [1] to implement a … Continue Reading

Federal Courts Continue to Grapple with Causation in Anti-Kickback-Based False Claims Act Cases

Courts around the country continue to disagree on the causation standard to be applied in False Claims Act cases based on alleged Anti-Kickback Statute violations.  Two recent federal district court decisions out of the District of Massachusetts add to differing conclusions on what the causation standard should be, i.e., “but-for,” “exposure,” or some other, less … Continue Reading

Recent Discover Lawsuits Provide Compliance Lessons

In September, a class action lawsuit (Mannacio v. Discover Financial Services, et al., No. 23-cv-06788 (N.D. Ill.)) was filed against Discover Financial Services (“Discover”) alleging Discover and certain current and/or former executives violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Specifically, the class action complaint alleged that the defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed … Continue Reading

Yet Another False Claims Act Salvo (now #4) in DOJ’s “Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative”

We have been tracking and reporting on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative (“CCF Initiative”), which U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco announced in October 2021. The CCF Initiative employs the powerful False Claims Act (“FCA”) in an effort to “hold accountable entities or individuals that put U.S. information or systems at … Continue Reading

DOJ Extends Self-Reporting and Cooperation Incentives To M&A Transactions

Under a new safe harbor policy announced by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on October 4, 2023, an acquiring company that discloses potential wrongdoing at a company being acquired within six months of the deal closing date—and fully cooperates and fixes the underlying problems within a year of closing—can presume it will not be criminally … Continue Reading

Less than Three Months Until FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Reporting Rule Takes Effect: Recent Corporate Transparency Act Developments

FinCEN’s beneficial ownership reporting rule takes effect on January 1, 2024.  This rule requires certain entities to file with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) reports that identify two categories of individuals: the beneficial owners of the entity, and individuals who have filed an application with specified governmental authorities to … Continue Reading
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