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DoJ Assistant Attorney General Warns on FCPA Breaches

Melissa Klein Aguilar | November 17, 2010

Concerned about Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance? You should be.

Detailing a "new era" of FCPA enforcement, a top Justice Department official said those worried about more aggressive anti-bribery enforcement "are right to be more concerned."

"Our FCPA enforcement is stronger than it's ever been - and getting stronger," Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said in prepared remarks at a Nov. 16 FCPA conference.

In the past year, DoJ has imposed more than $1 billion in criminal penalties in FCPA- related cases, the most ever in any single 12-month period.

In recent months, DoJ has reconstituted its FCPA Unit, the centerpiece of its enforcement program, with more than a dozen attorneys now dedicated solely to prosecuting FCPA cases. That unit also has help from prosecutors in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, which is focusing on recovering the...

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