Anti-Corruption Update: Change on the Horizon

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

2010 brought an explosion of anti-bribery and anti-corruption activity around the globe. In the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission stepped-up enforcment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, recording nearly $2 billion in fines and penalties. Congress and the White House also entered the fray, enacting the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Dodd-Frank Act includes provisions to reward "whistleblowers" who come forward with information regarding their employers' potential violations of the FCPA. Across the Atlantic, the United Kingdom enacted the Bribery Act of 2010, a law that will create a new and complex layer of anti-corruption regulations for companies with any connections to the U.K.

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