CRG on The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

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Control Risks Group Limited (2011)

All directors of international companies need to have at least a basic understanding of the law, firstly because the FCPA has served as the model inspiring similar legislation in all the other leading industrialised nations. Secondly, the FCPA applies not only to US companies and individuals, but also – in certain circumstances – to foreigners as well. The history of FCPA enforcement includes a series of cases where senior executives of non-US companies have been arrested at US airports, or have been served with extradition orders. No company operating in the international market place can afford to ignore it.

This Briefing Paper outlines the key issues. It summarises the offences covered by the FCPA. Even more importantly, it explains how non-US companies can fall within the remit of the Act.