As companies expand into new markets in an increasingly global economy, regulators in many countries are vigorously enforcing laws against improper payments to government officials and other corrupt activities. Bryan Cave has a team of lawyers who are well-versed in this area.
Why turn to Bryan Cave for help with global anti-corruption compliance and investigations?
In the United States, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has invigorated its anti-corruption group. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has established a special unit within its Division of Enforcement to investigate potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The United Kingdom has implemented a more robust anti-corruption statute, the UK Bribery Act, and is increasing its anti-corruption enforcement. Other regulatory authorities also have placed higher priority on enforcing anti-corruption statutes. All of these efforts raise the prospect of significant monetary penalties, prison terms for individuals and extraordinary reputational damage.
Bryan Cave is positioned to help with both compliance and investigative aspects of anti-corruption issues. Bryan Cave’s 25 offices around the world are staffed by professionals with international experience and deep ties to the local and regional business communities. Our International Trade Group has long counseled clients on compliance with statutes and regulations governing exports, imports, international finance, overseas investments and the general conduct of businesses in foreign jurisdictions, including emerging markets such as China, Brazil, Russia and India. We understand local custom and practice and the broader context of international anti-corruption laws. Our global footprint allows us to be a true partner to companies as they look to expand in international markets.
Bryan Cave also has deep experience assisting companies that become aware of possible violations of anti-corruption laws or that find themselves subject to “whistleblower” complaints or governmental investigations. Attorneys in our White Collar Defense & Investigations, Securities Litigation & Enforcement and International Trade Groups have conducted and defended numerous internal investigations, have assisted clients in assessing whether to “self-report” the results of those investigations to the authorities and have represented clients vigorously in government investigations.
Our teams that advise on the design and implementation of anti-corruption programs are composed of professionals who have held ranking positions at relevant agencies, including former prosecutors who understand how various aspects of an anti-corruption program would be received by the DOJ, SEC, UK Serious Fraud Office and other authorities. We are able to help implement anti-corruption compliance programs that reflect and incorporate cultural nuances while making business sense for our clients. Similarly, our teams that conduct and defend internal and governmental investigations include former government officials and other professionals who understand and can explain to prosecutors the complex business issues that provide critical context for the events under review.
Examples of our work in this area include:
Please contact any of the Bryan Cave Global Anti-Corruption professionals for further information.