Our global Anticorruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) team works with clients to create and implement cross-border solutions that address issues around the anticorruption laws embodied in the FCPA, UK Bribery Act (UKBA), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Convention, Inter-American Convention Against Corruption, Council of Europe Criminal and Civil Law Conventions, and the UN Convention Against Corruption.
We help our clients comply with global anticorruption laws and regulations to mitigate their risks and minimize their exposure to government investigations, prosecutions and derivative litigation. For example, we advise our clients on how to implement and maintain robust anticorruption compliance programs, including policies and procedures and internal controls. We also conduct internal investigations around the world and represent clients in proceedings involving US and foreign enforcement agencies. In addition, we counsel clients on their rights as victims of FCPA violations, and their potential entitlement to recover funds, including under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) and the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act (MVRA), as well as advising on broader financial crime issues, including obligations under the Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and economic sanctions.
Our Anticorruption and FCPA team members are located throughout our global footprint. In the US, our team includes former federal prosecutors from various offices within the US Department of Justice (DOJ), along with former US attorneys and assistant US attorneys, all of whom have extensive experience with anticorruption and FCPA investigations and proceedings before the DOJ and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Our US colleagues also regularly advise clients on anticorruption and FCPA issues arising out of Latin America.
In the UK, we have advised on numerous bribery and corruption cases over the last 10 years. Our British team has significant expertise in conducting internal investigations, defending clients facing government investigations and prosecutions, and advising on self-reporting. The team includes a former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Financial Services Authority (FSA) (as it then was) prosecutor. We have assisted multinational corporates with the design, implementation and testing of their anti-bribery and anti-money laundering policies and procedures. Our colleagues in the EU are well-versed with the various anticorruption laws of the EU member states.
In the Asia Pacific region, our team has extensive knowledge of the anticorruption laws and regulations of Australia, Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Japan.
Our Dubai-based Middle East team regularly conducts internal investigations into alleged misconduct and international investigations into alleged noncompliance by foreign agents and business partners, as well as compliance assessments to identify deficiencies or conduct issues that could give rise to enforcement liability, and remediation projects to resolve gaps, operationalize policies, and mitigate risks to business operations. In addition, our Middle East team has also counseled clients in major FCPA and UKBA representations in countless countries across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Levant, and Africa and Asia.
Depending on clients’ global needs, we can call upon our lawyers who are resident in specific countries, fluent in the native languages and familiar with the local laws and jurisdictions.