Corporate Criminal Investigations

Corporate Criminal Investigations

Professor Eugene Soltes, Mr. Daniel Kahn, Mr. Leo Tsao
Fall 2019 seminar
M 5:30pm - 7:30pm in WCC Room 3007
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

The criminal investigation and prosecution of large-scale corporate misconduct are among the most high profile areas of focus for federal prosecutors and the white-collar defense bar. Recent major prosecutions of individuals and corporations for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) demonstrate that this remains an active area of enforcement for U.S. law enforcement. The interpretation of these laws by courts continues to develop and evolve, implicating a number of significant legal issues. Moreover, such investigations are becoming increasingly global in nature, as foreign law enforcement and regulatory agencies become more active in focusing on these crimes. These multi-jurisdictional investigations pose new obstacles to government enforcers and defense practitioners, and new legal questions for courts to address.

This seminar will explore various aspects of corporate criminal investigations and prosecutions. Topics to be covered include principles of corporate liability; conducting internal and government investigations of corporate misconduct; strategic considerations for prosecutors and defense counsel in corporate criminal investigations; Department of Justice policies on charging, including those designed to incentivize voluntary disclosures, cooperation and remediation; legal and practical issues implicated by multi-jurisdictional cases; corporate compliance programs; and proposals for reform of corporate criminal laws and policies.

Subject Areas: Criminal Law & Procedure, International, Comparative & Foreign Law