At a recent conference focused on FCPA matters, Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement, focused on the benefits of self-reporting and cooperating with the SEC on FCPA matters. Mr. Ceresney noted that the Enforcement Division has determined that going forward, a company must self-report misconduct in order to be eligible for the Division to recommend a deferred prosecution agreement or non-prosecution agreement to the Commission in an FCPA case. He also stated he was hopeful that this condition on the decision to recommend a DPA or NPA will further incentivize firms to promptly report FCPA misconduct to the SEC and further emphasize the benefits that come with self-reporting and cooperation.
While it is now known where the SEC stands, in reality the Enforcement Division’s position just implements historical practice. In each FCPA case where the SEC has previously entered into a DPA or NPA, the company involved self-reported the violations, and then provided significant cooperation throughout the investigation.