Corporate Criminal Enforcement

On February 22, 2023 the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a new policy governing self-disclosure of corporate criminal wrongdoing to United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs). The policy entitled “United States Attorney’s Office Voluntary Self-Disclosure Policy” (the “VSD Policy”) is the latest guidance from the department designed to encourage businesses to report and remediate

Earlier this month, DOJ updated its Corporate Enforcement Policy (CEP). Aimed at encouraging companies to voluntarily disclose unlawful conduct, the updated CEP gives greater opportunities to companies to avoid charges altogether or to get more cooperation credit.

First Significant Changes in Over Five Years

On January 17, 2023, DOJ announced what Assistant Attorney General Kenneth

On November 15, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the results of its Division of Enforcement activity for the 2022 fiscal year.  Actions speak louder than words and—while the Commission issued several significant “proposed rules” during the past year, including enhanced disclosures about Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investment practices and new disclosure rules

On September 15, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced revisions to the Department of Justice’s corporate criminal enforcement policies. In her speech at New York University and subsequent memorandum (the “Monaco Memo”), Monaco outlined this updated guidance, which focused on individual accountability, prior misconduct, voluntary self-disclosures, monitorships, and compensation structures that promote compliance.

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