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Accession Number PB2013-102973
Title Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 130p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a critically important statute for combating corruption around the globe. Corruption has corrosive effects on democratic institutions, undermining public accountability and diverting public resources from important priorities such as health, education, and infrastructure. When business is won or lost based on how much a company is willing to pay in bribes rather than on the quality of its products and services, law-abiding companies are placed at a competitive disadvantageand consumers lose. For these and other reasons, enforcing the FCPA is a continuing priority at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Guide is the product of extensive efforts by experts at DOJ and SEC, and has benefited from valuable input from the Departments of Commerce and State. It endeavors to provide helpful information to enterprises of all shapes and sizesfrom small businesses doing their first transactions abroad to multi-national corporations with subsidiaries around the world. The Guide addresses a wide variety of topics, including who and what is covered by the FCPAs anti-bribery and accounting provisions; the definition of a foreign official; what constitute proper and improper gifts, travel and entertainment expenses; the nature of facilitating payments; how successor liability applies in the mergers and acquisitions context; the hallmarks of an effective corporate compliance program; and the different types of civil and criminal resolutions available in the FCPA context.
Keywords Bribery
Crime prevention
Department of Justice(DOJ)
Economic impact
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act(FCPA)
Foreign officials
Global economy
Law enforcement
Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC)

Source Agency Department of Justice General
NTIS Subject Category 96G - Foreign Industry Economic Development
92E - International Relations
Corporate Author Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Criminal Div.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1306
Contract Number N/A

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