Foreign Business Representatives-Some Red Flags to Review


Most Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Practitioners are aware that the greater the contacts with a foreign governmental official and the greater amount of money involved, the greater the FCPA risk for a company if a third party is involved. This is more particularly so if the foreign business representative involved does nothing more than simply make an introduction or uses his (or her) connections to get your company in front of “right people.”

This posting will discuss three Red Flags which a company should review regarding a foreign business partner. Many businesses look to the value obtained in the use of a foreign business representative. This simple economic analysis is not sufficient in the FCPA context. There should be a separate analysis on whether the foreign business representative has the substantive skills to perform the services requested. Finally, if the services performed by the foreign business representative are too far out of line with those performed by competitors, this can also present a Red Flag requiring additional scrutiny.

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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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