Increased Opportunities for Foreign Investment in Brazil Also Bring Increased Risk for FCPA Violations

With the award to Rio de Janeiro of two of the highest profile sports events in the world—the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics — many U.S. and multinational corporations will be looking for investment opportunities in Brazil. If the 2008 Olympics in China are to be any kind of guide, foreign investment in Brazil will dramatically increase over the next several years and Brazil will become an increasingly attractive market. Companies looking to do business or invest in Brazil, however, should also be aware of the risks they face under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and should ensure that they have a strong compliance program in place.

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