It has been another strong year in anti-corruption enforcement, with 2019 meeting or beating the highwater mark for enforcement across a number of measurements.
In 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ" or the "Department") recovered approximately $1.6 billion through eight resolved corporate FCPA cases seven through criminal resolutions, and one through declination with disgorgement. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") collected over $1 billion more in FCPA actions against 13 corporate entities. Together, the approximately $2.6 billion in 2019 FCPA recoveries is the highest on record for corporate FCPA enforcement.
DOJ's FCPA Unit also had a banner year in announcing FCPA and foreign corruption-related charges against and guilty pleas by individuals more than any single year in history and it obtained a number of convictions, including in three of the four FCPA trials that DOJ pursued this year, matching DOJ's previous high-water mark for guilty verdicts in a year. For its part, the SEC also reached resolutions with several individuals in enforcement actions in 2019.