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There is No Escape from Whistleblowers Overseas

Posted in Dodd-Frank, FCPA, International Securities Regulation, Sarbanes-Oxley

Alas, the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections cover informants overseas.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, recently, held that the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections cover informants that report to the SEC information about FCPA violations.  The court, citing that the plain language of the act, indicated that such individuals were covered.  This is an intriguing development given the recent issues relating to extraterritorial jurisdiction that the United States Supreme Court has even considered.

As such, companies must be aware of these issues going forward and consider the proper precautions.