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Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco Speaks at the Atlantic Council Inter-American Dialogue Event on Lessons from Brazil: Crisis, Corruption and Global Cooperation

On July 19, 2017, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco spoke at the Atlantic Council Inter-American Dialogue Event.  Blanco addressed a number of topics, including transnational criminal investigations and prosecutions, U.S. and Brazilian cooperation, and the DOJ’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.  Blanco expressed that the DOJ is committed to working with partners, like Brazil.

With respect to transnational criminal investigations and prosecutions, Blanco highlighted the global nature of the criminal schemes the DOJ investigates ... Continue Reading

Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Civil Division Testifies Before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial & Antitrust Law at a Hearing on Oversight of the Civil Division

On June 8, 2017, Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler testified before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial & Antitrust Law.  During his prepared remarks, Readler discussed a number of topics, including national security, health and safety, various forms of financial fraud, and immigration actions.  According to Readler, the Civil Division and U.S. Attorneys recovered $4.7 billion under the False Claims Act in 2016, bringing the total amount recovered under the ... Continue Reading

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden Speaks at American Conference Institute’s 7th Brazil Summit on Anti-Corruption

On May 24, 2017, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden spoke at the American Conference Institute (“ACI”) Brazil Summit on Anti-Corruption.  McFadden’s remarks highlighted recent developments in the Department of Justice’s international cooperation efforts, and provided an update on the Department’s FCPA Pilot Program.  Speaking in São Paulo, McFadden called Brazil one of the United States’ closest allies in fighting corruption, pointing to four global resolutions negotiated by American and Brazilian authorities.  ... Continue Reading

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at the Emerging Frauds in the Digital Age Conference

On May 23, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein addressed attendees at the Emerging Frauds in the Digital Age Conference, focusing in particular on some specific ways technological advancements have offered both “new investment vehicles to stimulate the economy and bring economic growth” as well as “new avenues for criminals to engage in larger, more devastating fraud schemes and to avoid detection.”  Rosenstein first discussed new opportunities and problems presented by unregulated online “crowdfunding,” which ... Continue Reading

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Criminal Division Speaks at the American Bar Association 27th Annual Institute on Health Care Fraud

On May 18, 2017, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Criminal Division addressed attendees at the American Bar Association 27th Annual Institute on Health Care Fraud, focusing on the problem of health care fraud Blanco began by announcing that “health care fraud is a priority for the Department of Justice” and stated that “[t]he investigation and prosecution of health care fraud will continue” and “the department will be vigorous in its ... Continue Reading

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks at the Ethics and Compliance Initiative Annual Conference

On April 24, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at the Ethics and Compliance Initiative Annual Conference.  In his remarks, Sessions stated that he wanted to “make clear” that, under his leadership, “the Department of Justice remains committed to enforcing all the laws”  including “laws regarding corporate misconduct, fraud, foreign corruption and other types of white-collar crime.”  Sessions noted that he spent his “first weeks as Attorney General” making sure that the Department “strengthens its ... Continue Reading

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Speaks at ACI’s 19th Annual Conference on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On April 20, 2017, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden spoke at the American Conference Institute (“ACI”) about the Department of Justice’s continued focus on white collar crime.  Affirming the Department’s commitment, McFadden said, “While we are boosting our focus on violent crime prosecutions, the Criminal Division is fully engaged in combating crime in all its forms, and no matter what color collar its perpetrators wear.  McFadden highlighted the work of the ... Continue Reading

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden Speaks at Anti-Corruption, Export Controls & Sanctions 10th Compliance Summit

On April 18, 2017, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden addressed attendees at the Anti-Corruption, Export Controls & Sanctions Compliance Summit in Washington, D.C. about Corporate Social Responsibility.  Referencing his time working in private practice, McFadden expressed his view that “the vast majority of international business and business leaders want to get compliance right.”  He also said that the improvements in corporate compliance were “quite impressive” as compared to before the enactment ... Continue Reading

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco Speaks at the American Bar Association National Institute on White Collar Crime

On March 10, 2017, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco addressed the 31st annual American Bar Association White Collar Crime conference about the Criminal Division, and in particular its efforts with respect to white collar crime and corruption in the international arena.  Blanco noted the Department’s success in its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing efforts, as well as its continued efforts in preventing the abuse of shell companies.  Blanco then described the customer due ... Continue Reading

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden Delivers Remarks at Global Investigations Review Conference in Washington, DC

On February 16, 2017, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden delivered remarks on FCPA enforcement at the Global Investigations Review Conference in Washington, DC.  McFadden’s remarks, delivered 40 years after the passage of the FCPA, described the history of FCPA enforcement and signaled continuity in DOJ’s approach under the new Administration.  McFadden described the past 15 years of FCPA enforcement as a continuous effort under the Bush and Obama Administrations, and signaled continuity with DOJ’s ... Continue Reading

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates Delivers Remarks at International Conference on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On November 30, 2016, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates delivered remarks at the International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Yates stated that “we cannot forget that behind every bribe and illegal payment is one or more individuals who knew what they were doing was wrong and nonetheless broke the law,” and noted the need to “ensure that whoever is responsible is held accountable.”  Yates added that “the best way to deter individual conduct ... Continue Reading

Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse of the Antitrust Division Delivers Remarks at Golden State Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Law Institute

On November 3, 2016, Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse spoke at the Golden State Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Law Institute about the Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement program.  Hesse began by describing the Antitrust Division’s record of successful prosecutions throughout the Obama Administration.  Hesse discussed the Antitrust Division’s emphasis on holding individuals accountable, stating that “looking back across the past eight years, the ratio of individual to corporate convictions is more than two to one—353 ... Continue Reading

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell Delivers Remarks at The George Washington University Law School Regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement

On November 3, 2016, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell spoke at The George Washington University Law School on the DOJ’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement efforts.  Caldwell began by stating that, when she began her term as Assistant Attorney General, three areas of particular importance were “to sharpen the focus of our ongoing fight against international corruption,” “to increase transparency in charging decisions with respect to corporate prosecutions,” and “to encourage and foster meaningful ... Continue Reading

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo Delivers Remarks at American Bar Association Philadelphia Tax Conference

On November 2, 2016, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo delivered remarks at the American Bar Association Philadelphia Tax Conference.  After providing statistics on the DOJ Tax Division’s civil and criminal cases over the last two years, Ciraolo turned to the Tax Division’s current areas of focus.  Ciraolo noted that civil and criminal employment tax enforcement is among the Tax Division’s top priorities.  Ciraolo stated that the Tax Division has filed injunction complaints ... Continue Reading

Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Bill Baer Delivers Remarks at Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Conference

On September 27, 2016, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Bill Baer delivered remarks at the annual Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Conference in Chicago, Illinois.  Baer began by commenting on the importance of compliance departments in “ensuring that companies develop and maintain a culture that values lawful and responsible corporate conduct . . . and identifying possible misconduct at the earliest possible stage and correcting course to minimize damage to the public, to the ... Continue Reading

Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse of the Antitrust Division Delivers Remarks at Fordham Competition Law Institute’s 43rd Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy

On September 23, 2016, Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse spoke at the Fordham Competition Law Institute’s Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy in New York.  Hesse addressed the transition from “one-off exchanges of information to ongoing, mutually enriching relationships” in the context of cooperation between the United States and other international antitrust authorities, and discussed the benefits that have resulted from greater cooperation.  Hesse said that cooperation benefits not only enforcement agencies by ... Continue Reading

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell Delivers Remarks at New York University Center for Cybersecurity

On September 20, 2016, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell spoke at the New York University Center for Cybersecurity on how technology has enabled cyber criminals and the current limitations on the Justice Department’s response to cybercrime.  Caldwell began discussing the similarities and differences between cybercrime criminal enterprises and the more traditional organized crime groups such as La Cosa Nostra in New York City.  Caldwell noted that two recent successful enforcement efforts against cyber criminals—Carder.su ... Continue Reading

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Bitkower Delivers Remarks at American Bar Association Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute

On September 8, 2016, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Bitkower addressed the American Bar Association Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute to speak about the role of the DOJ Criminal Division, and specifically highlight the Criminal Division’s new approaches with respect to health care fraud, sophisticated financial fraud and FCPA matters.  Starting with health care fraud, Bitkower discussed the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which operates in nine regions identified as “hot spots” for health care ... Continue Reading

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo Delivers Remarks Regarding DOJ’s Efforts to Combat Tax Evasion and Individual Accountability

On September 5, 2016, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo delivered remarks at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime regarding DOJ’s efforts to combat tax evasion.  After providing statistics on the DOJ Tax Division’s efforts to prosecute those who evade taxes, Ciraolo turned to the Tax Division’s focus on individual accountability.  Noting that over one year had passed since Deputy Attorney General Yates spoke of the importance of individual accountability in corporate ... Continue Reading

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo Delivers Remarks Regarding Offshore Tax Enforcement Efforts

On August 17, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo delivered remarks at the Panama Bankers Association Anti-Money Laundering Conference on the Tax Division’s offshore tax enforcement efforts.  Ciraolo stated that offshore tax enforcement is one of the Tax Division’s highest priorities.  She explained that the one role of the Tax Division is to petition the federal courts to enforce IRS requests for records related to taxpayers’ offshore assets and activities, sometimes through “John ... Continue Reading

Acting Associate Attorney General Bill Baer Delivers Remarks on Individual Accountability at American Bar Association’s 11th National Institute on Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement

In his remarks on June 9, Acting Associate Attorney General Bill Baer highlighted the significance of the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act and reaffirmed DOJ’s commitment to investigating and charging individuals alongside companies for corporate misdeeds, noting that “companies act through their executives.”  Baer went on to explain DOJ’s expectations regarding corporate cooperation: “companies that are facing FCA allegations and want a settlement to credit their cooperation are expected to disclose all ... Continue Reading

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell Delivers Remarks at the Securities Enforcement Forum West Conference

On May 12, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell addressed the Securities Enforcement Forum about the increasingly globalized nature of white collar crime and the steps the government was taking to address it.  Caldwell explained that, “[w]hen someone defrauds or manipulates a market, we all get rained on, regardless where the wrongdoing happened,” thus necessitating the formation of strong coalitions with foreign enforcement and regulatory agencies.  Caldwell highlighted the recent investigation of two British employees ... Continue Reading

Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates Delivers Remarks at the New York City Bar Association White Collar Crime Conference

On May 10, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates delivered remarks at the New York City Bar Association White Collar Crime Conference.  Yates explained that “holding individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing has always been a priority for the Department of Justice” because these efforts deter corporate misdeeds and benefit the public.  Defending the six steps laid out in the Yates Memo, she noted that the requirement that corporations “provide all the facts about individual conduct ... Continue Reading

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Keynote Address at the 64th Annual American Bar Association Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

On April 6, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch delivered remarks at the ABA Antitrust Law Spring meeting.  Lynch said that DOJ’s Antitrust Division is being challenged by “an unprecedented swell of mergers coursing through the U.S. economy”—unprecedented not just in number, but in size and complexity.  She said that in 2015, there had been 67 proposed mergers valued at more than $10 billion—more than double the number from 2014.  She added that some of ... Continue Reading

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