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Some interesting takes on The Yates Memorandum which is intended to hold individuals more accountable for corporate wrongdoing.

Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing - Harvard Law School Forum
Posted by Daniel P. Chung, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, on
Monday, September 21, 2015
On September 9, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a new policy memorandum, signed by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, regarding the prosecution of individuals in corporate fraud cases—”Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing” (“the Yates Memorandum”).

The Yates Memorandum has been heralded as a sign of a new resolve at DOJ, and follows a series of public statements made by DOJ officials indicating that they intend to adopt a more severe posture towards “flesh-and-blood” corporate criminals, not just corporate entities. Furthermore, the Yates Memorandum formalizes six guidelines that are intended “to strengthen [DOJ’s] pursuit of corporate wrongdoing.”

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The FCPA Professor seems to think it's all the same rhetoric:

The Yates Memo - FCPA Professor
This is rhetoric because the reality is that few DOJ corporate enforcement actions result in any related charges against company employees.  In the FCPA context, as noted in this prior post, between 2008-2014, 75% of DOJ corporate enforcement actions have not (at least yet) resulted in any DOJ charges against company employees.

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There are a slew of articles on the topic:
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
-Dalai Lama