Resolution Economics attended the ABA’s White Collar Crime Conference that took place on March 1 – 3, 2023, where significant regulatory guidance was provided impacting how companies evaluate and prioritize decisions on compliance matters such as disclosure, compensation, and accountability. Our key highlights are provided below. For a downloadable version of the highlights, please click here.
Key Takeaways from Recent Regulatory Guidance
2023 ABA White Collar Crime Conference
Convergence of Combating White Collar Crime and National Security
- Substantial investment will be made in DOJ’s National Security Division.
- Regulators are increasing cross-agency coordination to evaluate and enforce non-compliance, including assessing and recalibrating penalties and fines to deter improper activities.
Continued Evaluation of Impacts of the Monaco Memo
- Companies continue to assess how to obtain cooperation credit given unclear guidelines on what constitutes timely disclosure.
- Executive compensation must be evaluated to determine if, and how, it needs to change.
- Consideration will be given to recidivist activity and whether prior resolutions effected the intended change.
- It is no longer just a question of whether to self-disclose, but when and to whom.
- Corporations are less likely to obtain full credit if self-disclosure occurs months after a potential violation.
- Absent aggravating factors, guilty pleas may not be required if companies timely self-disclose, cooperate, and evidence remedial efforts.
Management of New Guidance & Coordination of Differences among Federal, State, and OIG Standards
- Given the slate of recently issued guidance, companies need to evaluate and implement any required changes to satisfy Federal, State, SEC, DOJ, and OIG regulations.
- Companies need to determine what information to disclose to which agency, and how to obtain and coordinate resolution among domestic regulatory agencies.
- Disclosure expectations should be evaluated for feasibility given the nature and progress of internal investigations.
Shift to Individual Accountability
- Fines and penalties will shift to individuals responsible for bad acts to protect shareholders and reward companies that incorporate compliance objectives into financial incentives.
- Resulting fines / penalties may be reduced by any clawback amounts successfully obtained or may be reduced by up to 25% of any clawback amounts not successfully obtained through good faith efforts.
Combat of Cyber & Crypto Crimes
- Agencies are doubling down on evolving strategies to detect and deter cyber and crypto crimes.
- Companies may be caught off guard by crypto enforcement as it is unclear which regulator has jurisdiction.
- Charges may include market manipulation, money laundering, or wire fraud rather than insider trading.
Maintenance & Accessibility of Employee and Third Party Electronic Data / Communications
- Companies need to develop tailored policies.
- Regulators will ask how data is preserved and accessed, specifically related to personal devices; answers will impact any resolution.
- Prosecutors will not accept representations at face value.
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