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Geoff Martin

Geoff Martin is a Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie's Litigation and Government Enforcement practice group in Washington, DC. Geoff started his career in Baker McKenzie's London office in 2007 and moved to Washington DC in 2012. Geoff represents clients in matters before the federal government arising out of anti-corruption, trade sanctions, fraud, anti-money laundering, national security, and related enforcement actions. He also represents clients in civil and criminal matters in federal court. Geoff has extensive experience conducting internal investigations relating to such matters around the world.

The DOJ and the SEC recently published a Second Edition of their joint Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. While the Second Edition does not promulgate any new law or policy, it is a useful refresher for practitioners on the significant FCPA cases and developments in the past eight years since the first edition was published. The Resource Guide once again provides a current and comprehensive overview of the core US enforcement agencies’ views on the statute for companies and practitioners. This article highlights key changes in the Second Edition of the Resource Guide.

DOWNLOAD ALERT On 3 October 2019, the United Kingdom and the United States signed a first-of-its-kind Bilateral Data Access Agreement (the “Agreement”), which is expected to reduce the time it takes UK and US law enforcement agencies to access electronic evidence held by technology companies located in each other’s territory.…

On 2 May 2019, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments (Framework). This long-awaited document sets out OFAC’s expectations for effective sanctions compliance programs (SCPs). While the broad elements of the Framework should be familiar to seasoned compliance practitioners, the details highlight…

On April 30, 2019, the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Brian Benczkowski, announced the publication of an updated version of the Department’s Guidance Document on Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (the “Revised Evaluation Guidance”). This is an update to the original version of the Department’s…

Balancing corporate resolution of high-profile criminal and civil cases against companies for fraud and other misconduct with the prosecution of individuals has become a top policy priority for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). On September 9, 2015, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memo to all DOJ attorneys to provide guidance to prosecutors handling cases involving both companies and individuals. There are several significant developments directors should be aware of.