During a September 10, 2015 conference at New York University, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Quillian Yates announced new Department of Justice (DOJ or the Department) policy that could significantly affect the way that companies cooperate with DOJ in criminal and civil investigations. Yates revealed that she had issued a new policy memo regarding “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing” (the Yates Memo), the provisions of which will eventually be incorporated into two parts of the U.S. Attorney’s Manual (USAM) that govern criminal and civil corporate investigations—the Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations and the USAM’s civil litigation provisions. Please see our client alert for more information, including the three key takeaways from the new Yates Memo.
Steven Kaufmann has more than 25 years of experience guiding his clients through their most difficult, high-stakes litigation. He has extensive commercial litigation, government enforcement, and trial experience, including False Claims Act investigations and litigation. In 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as the chief of staff at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. government development agency created to reduce poverty through long-term investments in impoverished countries. More ›
James Koukios is an experienced trial attorney and former federal prosecutor who has tried over 20 federal jury cases, including serving as the lead prosecutor in two landmark FCPA-related trials, United States v. Esquenazi and United States v. Duperval. Among his other notable cases, Mr. Koukios was a lead prosecutor in United States v. AEY, Inc., et al., a defense procurement fraud case featured on the front page of The New York Times. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal and related matters, including compliance counseling, transactional due diligence, internal corporate investigations, and government enforcement actions. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Koukios served as the Senior Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that role, he supervised investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the Fraud Section’s FCPA, Health Care Fraud and Securities and Financial Fraud Units. More ›