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The ‘20 percent’ lesson learned from Panasonic Avionics

Tom Fox | May 3, 2018

Every compliance practitioner can learn from the Panasonic Avionics FCPA enforcement action earlier this week. There are lessons about the limits of due diligence, the lack of internal controls, management override of existing internal controls, how C-Suite involvement in illegal conduct corrupts an entire organization, and a foreign parent looking the other way when a profitable subsidiary makes a ton of money. However, from this perspective, the most significant learning can be found in the 20 percent discount afforded Panasonic Avionics off its criminal fine.

This criminal fine (which totaled $137.4 million) is based on calculations under the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy, which was announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last November. Recall that the company did not self-disclose and there was C-Suite level involvement, meaning...

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