As a result of international trends towards tougher legislation, as well as increased, and increasingly cooperative, enforcement of those laws in the US, UK, Canada and internationally, running afoul of anti-corruption laws (and related money-laundering and proceeds of crime legislation), is a real risk that companies must address as a business priority in an informed, consistent and pro-active manner.
Our multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary team of anti-bribery and anti-corruption experts is skilled at helping clients navigate an increasingly complex and evolving regulatory and business environment to ensure compliance with legislative and governance requirements, and to detect and prevent potential violations.
We take a practical, pro-active and business-minded, solution-oriented approach to managing and minimizing corruption risk. We deliver advice on:
- Bribery and Corruption Prevention: Carrying out risk assessments, including reviewing clients’ existing policies, procedures and internal controls to identify their potential legal risk exposure. Advising on anti-bribery policy development, designing and assisting in the implementation of comprehensive internal compliance policies and procedures, including whistle-blower procedures. Drafting bespoke clauses for contracts such as contracts for services, employment contracts and agency agreements.
- Due Diligence and Deal Structuring Advice: Providing transactional due diligence and structuring advice to protect clients against post-closing corruption issues.
- Crisis Management, Investigations and Litigation Services: Pro-actively minimizing crisis risk through strategic planning. In the event of a breach or potential breach or other crisis, providing clients with crisis management advice and, where appropriate, conducting internal investigations. Advising and representing clients faced with external investigations and/or civil or criminal litigation.
- Training and Education: Developing and implementing comprehensive training and education programs for directors, management teams, employees and business partners.