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The last 12 months saw a flourish of activity in the foreign bribery space. The Securency prosecution secured its first plea of guilty and conviction of a former company CFO, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) published their much awaited FCPA Resources Guide and Australia's foreign bribery was under the OECD spotlight.
2013 is likely to see an increasing focus on cross-border corruption investigations, closer cooperation between regulatory agencies and a gradual move to ban facilitation payments.
For Australian companies that trade offshore, provide goods and services in US or UK currency, who undertake email communications using US-based or UK-based email servers or who otherwise engage in conduct which might impact upon US-based investors or any regulatory laws, even if done outside the foreign country, you are at risk of being subject to the strict and severe anti-bribery laws in those countries. It is critical that such companies understand how those laws may apply to you and if they may do so, to have a robust and meaningful ethical culture so that your business "lives the ethical life".
Even if companies trade wholly within Australia, our domestic laws promote organisations that act ethically and sanction those that do not. All companies must be alert to their ethical values and the risks that are associated with questionable behaviour, often made more attractive in challenging economic times.
The Myer continuous disclosure class action decision1 is a landmark: the first judgment in a securities class action in Australia, and the first case explicitly accepting “market-based causation...
The Supreme Court of Victoria’s recent decision in Pacific Dairies Limited v Orican Pty Ltd illustrates judicial unwillingness to interfere in shareholder disputes, even in cases involving...
In a decision of the Federal Court handed down on 18 October 2019 in Masters v Lombe (Liquidator); In the Matter of Babcock & Brown Limited (In Liquidation)  FCA 1720, Foster J held that...