Over the past two decades, robust compliance programs have become increasingly important across a wide range of enforcement matters. In addition to helping avoid violations before they start, having effective compliance programs in place can be critical when regulators and prosecutors are making charging or settlement determinations. Companies that maintain robust internal procedures also have more opportunities to self-report or take other proactive measures in response to illegal conduct by their employees. The advantages of having a comprehensive compliance program are especially acute in the antitrust arena, given the considerable benefits available under the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust leniency program and the permanently reauthorized Antitrust Criminal Penalty
The US Government reforms its criminal antitrust compliance legislation and policies
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