Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Professor Michael Koehler, author of the FCPA Professor Blog, recently had the opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with Richard Alderman, Director of the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office (SFO), on issues relating to bribery and corruption. A summary of their exchange is posted on the FCPA Professor Blog, along with a link to the full Q&A session. Professor Koehler posed approximately 30 questions to Mr. Alderman. In his answers, Mr. Alderman: (i) compares and contrasts the SFO's role with the U.S. Department of Justice's role in enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including the more active and independent role U.K. courts have in reviewing SFO charging decisions; (ii) talks about voluntary disclosure, and the role of non-prosecution and deferred prosecution agreements; (iii) discusses reputational harm, debarment, and reparations; and (iv) talks specifically about the Bribery Act. Of particular note to academics, on pages 16-17 of the exchange, Mr. Alderman seeks input from the academic community on a variety of issues and makes an offer to assist academics in their work.