International Trade

Helping clients identify challenges, defend actions, and accede to compliance and best practices

Companies today must give heightened priority to compliance with anti-corruption laws given the increasing tide of federal enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  We regularly advise clients in the U.S. and abroad on their FCPA obligations, be it developing a compliance approach or advising on all investigatory and other defense related aspects.

Anti-corruption laws are not just an American phenomenon and our approach therefore does not stop at the FCPA.  Working with our relationships in Europe and the Middle East, we provide our clients with a single solution on their global anti-corruption compliance needs, including the United Kingdom’s Bribery Act and other regimes.

Experience

Our attorneys bring together extensive experience working on FCPA matters in a major law firm setting and the federal government.  Recent FCPA related engagements include:

  • Advising a Dubai-based multinational professional services firm on U.S. FCPA compliance issues
  • Advising a U.S. company on FCPA issues with respect to operations in the Middle East
  • Introducing and integrating FCPA compliance into a U.S. manufacturer’s internal compliance program

Our staff and global contacts in the investigations, accounting, forensics fields allow us to provide effective and intelligent advice.

Compliance Advisory

Awareness and process bolstered by compliance are the best tools in preventing FCPA violations.  However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach.  We know what questions to ask and how to make sure you have an FCPA compliance strategy that fits your business and operations. Our practice advising clients in the U.S and abroad complements our robust work in trade sanctions, export controls, and other trade regulatory matters.

Investigations and Defense

An effective defense of an FCPA violation allegation should almost always start with a thorough investigation.  Our white collar experience allows us to lead investigations with an eye to not only identifying what happened and what the context was, but also taking remedial steps that can help our clients’ defense while preventing future violations.

Investigation and prosecution for FCPA violations are no longer just a matter for corporations.  Individuals are increasingly finding themselves as targets in such enforcement matters.  Our history in defending clients for violations of U.S. trade laws before the DOJ as well as insight gained by our lawyers in the private and public sector make us well positioned for defending parties from major multinationals down to individual executives.