Matthew Sanderson Analyzes Increased Enforcement of FARA on ABA International Law Virtual Annual Meeting

06.15.2020

Facing increased prosecutions and other related enforcement actions, a panel of experienced FARA practitioners will help you to understand the basics of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and how you and your clients can protect against FARA-related risk, including administrative enforcement inquiries, reputational harm, and even criminal liability.

Due to recent high-profile criminal prosecutions and other enforcement actions, the Foreign Agents Registration Act ("FARA") is more prominent today than at any point during its 81-year history. The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that it is shifting "from treating FARA as an administrative... and regulatory obligation to one that is increasingly an enforcement priority." Law firms as well as lobbyist shops, public relations firms, and other business entities must now take additional care to ensure they are in compliance with FARA and do not become the focus of a government investigation. A panel of experienced FARA practitioners, including an attorney who previously oversaw the Justice Department's enforcement of FARA, will help you to understand the basics of FARA and how you and your clients can protect against FARA-related risk, including administrative enforcement inquiries, reputational harm, and even criminal liability.

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