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Bribery and Corruption

Many countries have bribery legislation, but the UK's approach is particularly onerous and applies to all companies doing business in the UK. The UK's Bribery Act 2010 imposes obligations that are not limited to the UK but extend worldwide. A company can be held liable for bribes paid by an overseas agent even if the company did not know about the bribe. Consequently, no business can afford to be without proper anti-corruption policies and processes.

Notable deals and highlights

  • We counselled a services company on self-reporting to the UK Serious Fraud Office in light of the acquisition of a business with operations in Nigeria.
  • We attended a client's offices to advise on an emergency basis during a 'dawn raid' by police seeking documents, and caution interviews.
  • We undertook a multi-jurisdictional corruption investigation for a US-based global corporation, and advised on "self-reporting" to regulatory and prosecutorial authorities.
  • We advised employees of a large multinational corporation on giving evidence in a high profile criminal trial.
  • We advised an international telecoms company on an internal investigation following the discovery of irregular payments in Africa and updated their anti-bribery polices.
  • We advised a Middle Eastern business on an internal investigation following the discovery of irregular payments.
  • We have advised clients worldwide in a variety of sectors on the implementation of 'adequate procedures' to prevent bribery.
  • We advised a global transport company on its bribery risk assessment.

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