Anti-Corruption & Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
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Our team has unsurpassed experience in counseling and defending U.S. and foreign companies and individuals in matters relating to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar anti-corruption laws. We are frequently contacted when a potential corruption issue arises, and are go-to counsel for investigations and enforcement proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Multilateral Development Banks, including the World Bank. In addition, we advise clients considering transactions in high-risk markets or with business partners with high anti-corruption risks. We also counsel clients who are designing compliance programs and in conducting risk assessments.
Enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other international anti-corruption laws is increasing dramatically. In 2016 alone, DOJ and the SEC collected a record-shattering total of nearly $2.5 billion to resolve FCPA enforcement actions. Thus, when acquiring and investing in companies, it is critical to evaluate and mitigate the risk of both previous and future violations. In this video, partner Mark Mendelsohn and counsel Peter Jaffe discuss unique challenges for investors and essential considerations for mergers and acquisitions. Mark is co-chair and Peter is deputy chair of the firm's Anti-Corruption & FCPA Practice Group.January 12, 2017