DOJ Updates Guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs

The Department of Justice-Criminal Division recently updated its internal guidance to federal prosecutors for evaluating corporate compliance programs. Despite the lack of major substantive changes, the updated guidance encourages prosecutors to take the risk profile of corporations into account when evaluating its compliance programs.

The Purpose of a Corporation: A Brief History

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What is the purpose of a corporation? Today, the standard answer is that a corporation’s purpose is to benefit its shareholders – academics speak of the “shareholder primacy norm,” and many talk of corporate managers’ task as “shareholder wealth maximization.” Even apparently selfless corporate acts, such as charitable donations, are justified as ultimately benefiting shareholders