SPOTLIGHT ON SCHERTLER & ONORATO’S FCPA PRACTICE

Over the past decade, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have aggressively pursued and expanded their investigations of companies and individuals in connection with allegations of foreign bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  Prosecutions and plea agreements in FCPA cases are a regular occurrence in federal courts throughout the country.  Schertler & Onorato has been at the forefront of these cases, representing numerous companies and individuals who have come under FCPA scrutiny.  Today, many U.S. investigations under the FCPA involve foreign companies and foreign nationals with very little connection to the United States.  Our firm is actively involved in representing both foreign and domestic entities and individuals in FCPA investigations by U.S. agencies, and we have assisted our clients in parallel investigations conducted by agencies of foreign nations.  We have been very successful in navigating clients through the investigative process in both the DOJ and the SEC.  Of particular note, Schertler & Onorato represented one of several individuals charged with FCPA violations in the highly publicized “shot show sting” case prosecuted by the DOJ.  All charges against our client and the other individuals ultimately were dismissed when counsel for the defendants exposed serious weaknesses in the government’s investigation and evidence.