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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Koehler on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Guidance

Mike Koehler (Southern Illinois University School of Law) has posted Grading the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Guidance (White Collar Crime Report, 7, 961, December 2012) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This article is a critical analysis of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Guidance released by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. Issues discussed in the article include the following: (i) the enforcement agencies' motivations in issuing the Guidance and the fact that it should have been issued years ago; (ii) the utility of the Guidance from an access-of-information perspective and how the Guidance can be used as a measuring stick for future enforcement agency activity; (iii) how the Guidance is an advocacy piece and not a well-balanced portrayal of the FCPA as it is replete with selective information, half-truths, and, worse information that is demonstratively false; (iv) how, despite the Guidance, much about FCPA enforcement remains opaque; and (v) how, despite the Guidance, FCPA reform remains a viable issue.

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