The FCPA: What Our Clients Need to Know and Why They Need to Know it

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a federal law which prohibits companies from obtaining or directing business through the payment of bribes to foreign governmental officials and political figures. The renewed focus on corporate accountability in recent years has led to a dramatic increase in the number of FCPA enforcement actions — from 5 in 2004 to 38 in 2007. The attached presentation, utilized in connection with a recent in-house presentation, summarizes the FCPA and why it is imperative that every company doing business in the global marketplace be aware of its provisions and serious penalties, including civil penalties, criminal fines, and imprisonment, in the event of a violation.

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Presented by:

Bethany Hengsbach

(213) 617-4125

bhengsbach@sheppardmullin.com