Tagged: DOJ

Sanctions Compliance: Understanding the Red Lines of Enforcement (Part I of II)

In this new era of aggressive sanctions enforcement, companies have to understand the red lines that define where criminal and civil enforcement risk increase.  In contrast to the history of FCPA enforcement, DOJ and OFAC have provided helpful guidance to alert companies where risks are likely to increase. Sanctions enforcement involves an off mix of civil and criminal line drawing.  On the civil side, OFAC...

Episode 324 — Third-Party Risks and Sanctions Compliance

With the beginning of the era of the “New FCPA,” as coined by DOJ’s Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, we now need to focus on third-party risk and sanctions enforcement.  The law, the practice and the risks are important and not just the same as FCPA legal requirements.  As we embark on a new criminal enforcement era surrounding sanctions violations, companies have to address this...

DOJ Antitrust Division Launches New Task Force on Health Care Monopolies and Collusion

DOJ Antitrust Division Launches New Task Force on Health Care Monopolies and Collusion

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has intensified its scrutiny of healthcare platforms that integrate doctors with insurers, data, and other assets. Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter described this trend as an “alarming” concentration of resources. In a significant move, the DOJ announced the establishment of the Task Force on Health Care Monopolies and Collusion. Kanter emphasized during a Washington Post Live event that...

Distribution Chains and Sanctions Compliance (Part II of IV)

Distribution Chains and Sanctions Compliance (Part II of IV)

Companies rely on robust distribution chains as an efficient mechanism to enter new markets without requiring a significant investment.  Additionally, companies may maintain parallel sales activities in markets between their own sales staff and third-party distributors, agents, resellers and dealers.  It is interesting how certain industries have evolved and relied on different models for use of third parties with the intent of reaching customers in...

DOJ and OFAC Sanctions and Export Control Detection Strategies

DOJ and OFAC Sanctions and Export Control Detection Strategies

In this new aggressive era of sanctions and export controls enforcement, companies need to understand the potential risks that DOJ and/or OFAC may identify a company for sanctions investigation. In a global economy, investigators from various countries have built coordination procedures by which they share intelligence and possible leads among each other.  This phenomena has created a complex web of investigators who can identify relevant...

DOJ Heralds New Voluntary Self-Disclosure Program for Individuals

By: Daniela Melendez, Associate at The Volkov Law Group, and Alex Cotoia, Regulatory Compliance Manager. Daniela can be reached at [email protected] and Alex can be reached out at [email protected]. On April 15, 2024 Nicole Argentieri, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and the Head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ’s”) Criminal Division, announced a new voluntary self-disclosure program for individuals complicit in certain types of organized...

Episode 313 — The Coming Sanctions Criminal Corporate Enforcement Storm

Episode 313 — The Coming Sanctions Criminal Corporate Enforcement Storm

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.  Will Cather DOJ has promised an aggressive criminal corporate enforcement program against sanctions violators. The storm is coming and will arrive soon with a bang. There is no question that DOJ’s enforcement initiative is coming — it is just a question as to when. In this Episode, Michael Volkov reviews the elements...

Episode 312 — Eddie Green, CEO of SnippetSentry, on Communications Preservation Risks

Episode 312 — Eddie Green, CEO of SnippetSentry, on Communications Preservation Risks

Companies have a vested interest in preserving internal communications for a variety of reasons — to hold actors accountable and to protect the organization from potential private and government claims or investigations that may have serious direct or collateral consequences. Companies that want to use ephemeral messaging systems can do so, but they have to understand the risks involved and tailor appropriate controls and procedures...

Episode 306 — 2023 FCPA Year in Review

Episode 306 — 2023 FCPA Year in Review

FCPA trends often are relatively easy to describe and often overblown as a marketing technique by the usual cast of paparazzi suspects.  (Self-proclaimed prognosticators that often push incorrect themes to promote business, or those that restate profound grasps of the obvious).  2023 has been a strange year in a number of respects — socially, politically and even in the small universe of DOJ enforcement and...

2023 Sanctions Year in Review and Predictions

2023 Sanctions Year in Review and Predictions

As always, I tend to repeat myself.  However, one important point needs to be repeated — DOJ is in the midst of launching an aggressive sanctions and export control program against corporations and individuals.  DOJ has warned everyone, repeated this message in various speeches and, most importantly, assigned the resources — 25 new federal prosecutors to enforce sanctions and export controls — to back up...