Robert Humphreys Participates in California Lawyer White Collar Defense Roundtable

Robert Humphreys, senior counsel in Akin Gump’s white collar defense and government investigations practice, participated in a roundtable moderated by California Lawyer on a range of topics related to white collar defense.

Among the subjects discussed were:

  • the impact of A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)—the government’s interpretation of the FCPA coproduced by DOJ's Criminal Division and the SEC's Enforcement Division in late 2012 (“The guide provides very useful information to companies, large and small, to help create compliance programs or refine the ones that they have.”)
  • developments in antitrust cartel enforcement, focusing on ongoing auto parts investigations (“What makes the antitrust program work so effectively is that everyone knows what you get when you participate and disclose your wrongdoing. The antitrust division delivers on their promise to give you leniency when you're the first in and that is a huge motive.”)
  • trends concerning vetting of the source of client funds (“In most contexts, there is no dispute that your client earned an honest dollar, and so usually you can rely on your client's statement about the fees. The issues arise if your client's business is wholly fraudulent. And those issues arise for all lawyers, not just white-collar defense lawyers.”).