My FCPA And Bribery Act Musings Continue


This past week, my second book, “Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act” was released. Over the past few years I have tried to provide the compliance practitioner with solid information that can be used to implement, review and enhance a US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or UK Bribery Act based compliance program. I am often asked to collect my blog posting regarding what are the current best practices for an anti-corruption/anti-bribery compliance program. In other words, what are the specifics of a compliance program. This volume will provide the compliance practitioner with information that can be used for the ‘nuts and bolts’ of compliance.

Using the format of the most recent US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)” [the “FCPA Guidance”]; I have included some of my thoughts on what you can do to create and maintain a best practices compliance program. I have also included some thoughts on how to create and maintain such a compliance program using the Six Principles of an Adequate Procedures compliance regime under the UK Bribery Act.

I was honored to have the FCPA Professor, Mike Koehler, pen the forward and he said, in part, “In the current global marketplace, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) risk needs to be on the radar screen of most companies – large and small, public and private, and across industry sectors. Given the current enforcement theories of the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, FCPA risk is not always apparent from reading the statute. There is no way for business organizations to truly eliminate FCPA risk, but such risk can be effectively managed and minimized through pro-active policies and procedures and other means of risk assessment.”

I hope that you can use this volume, in conjunction with the FCPA Guidance and the Ministry of Justice’s Six Principles of an Adequate Procedures compliance program, to implement or enhance your compliance regime. Both the FCPA Guidance and Six Principles make clear that there is no ‘one size fits all’ compliance program. The key is to assess your company’s risks and to manage those risks appropriately. This volume will help you to determine the type and scope of program that is appropriate for your company and will assist your compliance efforts going forward.

Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act is available exclusively on For a copy, click here.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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