Vitol Inc., the U.S. affiliate of Geneva-based Vitol group, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice Thursday to settle two charges that it conspired to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA by bribing officials in Brazil, Ecuador, and Mexico.… Continue Reading
Last month, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ordered JPMorgan Chase & Company and its subsidiaries to pay a total of $920.2 million for artificially manipulating market prices of precious metals by sending false signals to other market participants.… Continue Reading
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said Wednesday it will work alongside of the DOJ and SEC to investigate foreign bribery and prosecute overseas corruption offenses.
In a March 6 Enforcement Advisory (pdf), the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement said commodities companies that self report violations of the Commodity Exchange Act involving foreign corrupt practices could receive declinations.… Continue Reading
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted rules that simplify requirements for compliance officers and harmonize the agency’s approach to compliance with the SEC.
A federal court in Illinois entered a default judgment Tuesday against John D. Briner, a disbarred Canadian attorney who used a U.S. commodity trading account in a so-called “money pass” to move nearly $400,000 to another person.… Continue Reading
JP Morgan Chase reached a tentative deal with the DOJ this weekend to settle a slew of past transgressions for $13 billion.
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Do whistleblowers have any protection against retaliation under your whistleblowing program?… Continue Reading
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As companies adjust to the new whistleblowing regimes under the Dodd-Frank Act, what changes do you recommend that they make to their existing compliance programs to ensure they are adequately prepared to manage whistleblowers and/or CFTC inquiries in response to whistleblower complaints?… Continue Reading
This is Part II of a four-part interview with Vincente Martinez, Director of the CFTC Whistleblower Office (WBO). Click here for Part I.
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As you are aware, many companies have expressed concerns about the lack of an internal reporting requirement for whistleblowers.… Continue Reading
In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act created whistleblower bounty programs in both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). While readers of this blog are familiar with the SEC’s program because of its impact on FCPA enforcement, they may not be as familiar with the CFTC’s program. … Continue Reading