The Department of Justice Pledges Proactive FCPA Enforcement in 2021


The U.S. Department of Justice has signaled it is pursuing FCPA violations more aggressively in 2021. On June 2 at the American Conference Institute’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Conference, Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas McQuaid reaffirmed the DOJ’s dedication to investigations under the FCPA. He emphasized that the Fraud Section was actively developing new cases on its own, not just initiating investigations based on a company’s self-disclosure. The Fraud Section is increasingly relying on techniques such as data mining, relationships with law enforcement, and collaboration with foreign government agencies to proactively gather leads and develop new investigations. As a result, the DOJ believes that FCPA enforcement in 2021 will match or exceed that of previous years.