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US DoS releases implementation plan for for the U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption

This Implementation Plan articulates activities the Department is
undertaking to achieve the five pillars of the Strategy:

1. Modernizing, Coordinating, and Resourcing Efforts to Fight Corruption
2. Curbing Illicit Finance
3. Holding Corrupt Actors Accountable
4. Preserving and Strengthening the Multilateral Anti-Corruption
Architecture
5. Improving Diplomatic Engagement and Leveraging Foreign Assistance
Resources to Advance Policy Goals

US DoJ issues first FCPA Opinion Procedure Release of 2023

Guidance provided on the payment of travel and other expenses for foreign government officials.

SEC awards more than $104 million to seven Whistleblowers

SEC announced payment of more than $104 million to seven whistleblowers who provided the SEC with information and assistance that led to successful enforcement actions by the SEC and another agency. The whistleblowers also provided relevant documents…

US DoJ indicts co-director of think tank for acting as unregistered foreign agent, trafficking in arms and violating U.S. sanctions against Iran

Gal Luft allegedly conspired with others in an effort to act within the United States to advance the interests of the People’s Republic of China (China) as agents of China-based principals, without registering as foreign agents as required under U.S. law.

US Government publishes advisory on African gold

Intended to highlight the opportunities and specific risks raised by the gold trade across sub-Saharan Africa and encourage industry participants to adopt and apply strengthened due diligence practices.

SEC charges Coinbase for operating as an unregistered securities exchange, broker, and clearing agency

Coinbase has made billions of dollars unlawfully facilitating the buying and selling of crypto asset securities. The SEC alleges that Coinbase intertwines the traditional services of an exchange, broker, and clearing agency without having registered any of those functions…

SEC issues largest-ever Whistleblower Award

SEC announced the largest-ever award, nearly $279 million, to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to the successful enforcement of SEC and related actions. The award not only incentivizes whistleblowers to come forward with accurate…

US Treasury hosts Countering Corruption and Illicit Finance as part of Summit for Democracy

US Treasury brings together leaders from government, civil society, and international organizations to discuss the efforts to counter corruption and illicit finance in order to uphold the rule of law, promote good governance, and ensure an equal…

US DoJ on False Claims Act Settlements and Judgments Exceed $2 Billion in Fiscal Year 2022

US DOJ Annual Fraud Report 2022 shows the critical role that whistleblowers play in securing these recoveries for the government: of the $2.2 billion recovered, $1.96 billion – 89% – was recovered in cases initiated by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act. This 89% whistleblower…

SEC grants more than 20 million to whistleblower

SEC announced an award of more than $20 million to a whistleblower who provided information and assistance that significantly contributed to a successful enforcement action. The whistleblower provided new information, met with Enforcement Division staff multiple times…

SEC charges ABB Ltd for the bribery scheme it engaged in South Africa

The SEC’s order found that ABB executives in Switzerland and South Africa colluded with a high-ranking government official at Eskom, an electricity provider owned by the South African government, to funnel bribes to the official through complicit third-party service…

OFAC on developments & adoption of digital assets 

OFAC seeks public comment regarding potential opportunities and risks presented by developments and adoption of digital assets. For consumers, digital assets may present potential benefits, such as faster payments, as well as potential risks…