Multinational companies face new and complex challenges to operating lawfully and ethically in today’s global economy. In fact, recent years have seen numerous sophisticated companies run afoul of anti-corruption laws such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which criminalizes bribery of foreign government officials and requires that all payments be accurately recorded in company books. The law often holds U.S. companies liable for improper actions of international business subsidiaries, as well as international business partners. Laws in other countries have similar reach, and international enforcement is expanding at a fast pace. In this environment, companies risk significant liability for turning a “blind eye” to potential wrongdoing by international business partners.
To address these risks, we provide experienced guidance to ensure that our clients’ compliance and risk management programs are deterring and detecting potential anti-corruption issues. We evaluate and design effective programs to meet specific risks of our clients’ international operations. We conduct due diligence reviews of international business partners, and counsel on steps clients can take to ensure maximum protection. In particular, we guide businesses considering mergers and acquisitions in order to assess and protect against corruption risks. We also conduct internal investigations of suspected corrupted payments, and design remedial strategies to best protect our clients.
Our practice group includes experienced professionals seasoned by years of running law enforcement agencies and counseling international businesses on sophisticated compliance issues. Engaging Pepper sends a strong signal that a company is committed to conducting its business ethically and properly.