Increasingly, enforcement authorities across the globe are taking a strong position against corruption. With growing cross-border cooperation between enforcement agencies in multi-jurisdictional investigations, authorities in the US, the UK and across Europe are increasingly enforcing anti-corruption and regulatory laws against businesses and individuals around the world, and imposing record fines and lengthy prison sentences.
As has been demonstrated by recent statutory changes, authorities globally are becoming increasingly rigorous in implementing and enforcing anti-corruption legislation; we have witnessed the enactment of the UK Bribery Act 2010 and the revised Criminal Law in the People’s Republic of China, under pressure from the US, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and various pressure groups.
We have the knowledge and experience to mitigate the risk of investigations and legal proceedings, minimising reputational damage as well as the commercial costs in management time. Our London regulatory and dispute resolution teams, working closely with our teams across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East, can guide you through anti-corruption risk assessments, advise you on internal compliance policies and procedures, and help to create and monitor an appropriate business ethics and compliance culture.
We provide advice across industry risk and country risk, for which we have produced a worldwide Legal and Regulatory Environment Atlas, in association with risk consultants Maplecroft. We work in tandem with specialists on a range of other matters and can provide integrated and bespoke risk analyses of the regions in which you operate.
Our recent work
- Advising a global tanker company on conducting a full risk assessment, gap analysis, revision of the anti-corruption policy and training for senior and junior staff in its London chartering office.
- Advising a major global financial institution in conducting a full anti-corruption compliance review of its UK operations, including a full risk assessment.