FCPA & Anti-Corruption Compliance
Recent years have witnessed an explosion in the extraterritorial application of criminal and regulatory laws in the global marketplace. Moreover, numerous other jurisdictions have begun vigorous efforts to combat global corruption. Among the formidable challenges facing multinational corporations is determining how the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar anti-corruption laws in foreign jurisdictions impact a company’s business objectives and practices. Shook, Hardy & Bacon provides the necessary counseling to help business leaders manage the corruption risks engendered by their foreign business operations.
SHB attorneys have extensive experience with FCPA and related legal issues that extends to serving on boards of directors and holding key positions at various government agencies. SHB lawyers have defended major corporations in both U.S. investigations as well as cross-jurisdictional investigations throughout the world. The SHB team has counseled numerous companies regarding compliance efforts designed to address the challenges presented by corruption issues. This depth of experience enables them to represent and advise clients effectively in enforcement proceedings before various regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and enforcement agencies in other foreign jurisdictions.
The FCPA & Anti-Corruption Compliance Practice offers legal counsel pertaining to anti-corruption and other compliance statutes, including:
- Conducting internal investigations and transactional due diligence around the world;
- Responding to criminal and regulatory enforcement inquiries and proceedings, as well as related administrative and civil actions;
- Advising on updates to existing compliance programs;
- Assisting in the development of new compliance programs;
- Providing anti-bribery training to corporate officers, employees and relevant third-party agents and subcontractors;
- Conducting due diligence on third-party business partners, including consultants, and structuring relationships with them; and
- Making voluntary disclosures to the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory authorities.
SHB attorneys understand the challenges that clients face in achieving their business goals in the global marketplace. By remaining current on anti-corruption enforcement issues, the firm's FCPA & Anti-Corruption Compliance Practice is able to address client objectives while helping them comply with anti-corruption laws.