Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

With knowledge and ability in handling FCPA enforcement matters, we counsel clients in preventing and detecting violations of law and navigating (or altogether avoiding) enforcement proceedings.

Our Approach

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is one of the most powerful tools used by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission to address international bribery and corruption.

We routinely handle enforcement proceedings, counseling corporations and individuals subject to the FCPA and other similar international anti-corruption laws, including the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010. However, companies that establish compliance programs may be better positioned to resolve anti-corruption law violations on a civil, rather than criminal, basis. We leverage our unique experience to develop and help implement industry-leading, customized compliance programs for businesses of all sizes in a cost-effective manner.

Lawyers on our team have held supervisory positions in the Department of Justice. Because we understand how the government investigates and prosecutes these cases, we can help clients navigate the issues and process when a possible violation is under scrutiny. 

We understand both the risks and benefits of self-reporting possible violations of law and we counsel each client appropriately.

Who we work with

Clients in a wide variety of industries, including, among others:

  • Life sciences and heath care
  • Financial services and securities
  • Technology
  • National security and defense
  • Higher education

2nd Circ.'s Seminal Rejection of FCPA Conviction Challenge

Law360 | August 28, 2019

New York City partner Isabelle De Smedt (CORP), Manchester partner Mark Knights (GIWC), Boston counsel Robert Fisher (GIWC), Manchester associate Michael Strauss (CDPG) and Boston associate Scott Seitz (GIWC) authored this column about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent decision regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s anti-bribery provisions and what the decision means for companies needing to comply with the law.

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