US Department of Justice Announces New Mergers and Acquisitions Safe Harbor Policy

October 2023
Region: Americas

On October 4, 2023, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) adopted a new safe harbor policy for voluntary self-disclosures made in connection with mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Under the new policy, acquiring companies that (a) promptly and voluntarily disclose criminal misconduct; (b) cooperate with the DOJ’s ensuing investigation; and (c) engage in “timely and appropriate remediation, restitution, and disgorgement,” will receive the presumption of a declination (i.e., a decision by DOJ not to prosecute the alleged misconduct).