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Companies involved in international business face risks resulting from improper payments to foreign government personnel, which are prohibited by laws such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.K.’s recently amended Bribery Act, and similar laws enacted by member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Some of these laws, including the U.K. Bribery Act, also criminalize corrupt payments in business transactions between private parties.

Enforcement of these laws has increased sharply, both in terms of the number of cases brought and the severity of sanctions imposed. U.S. officials describe FCPA enforcement as one of their top priorities, and have suggested that corrupt payments may be linked to international terrorism. Recently, law enforcement authorities have started to use tactics previously reserved for matters involving organized crime.

More than 30 K&L Gates lawyers have extensive experience handling FCPA matters, and many have handled these issues for two or three decades, in some cases back to the inception of the FCPA in 1977. Our team includes former high-ranking officials of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, including Dick Thornburgh, who served as Attorney General of the United States. Our experience extends to every area in which FCPA and anticorruption issues typically arise.

Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to smaller public and private entities, and they operate in a wide range of industries, including natural resources, energy, pharmaceuticals, defense, transportation and logistics, power generation, and financial services. We have handled matters in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, and East Asia and, with offices in close proximity to virtually all of the world’s major commercial centers, we can serve client needs promptly and efficiently, wherever they arise.

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Conducted an internal investigation for a global diversified industrial company in an FCPA-related matter, resulting in a rare SEC non-prosecution agreement and DOJ declination to prosecute.
Assisted a major financial services institution in the development of its FCPA compliance program, including conducting extensive training sessions with its legal and business employees around the world.
Represented a multinational energy equipment manufacturer in an FCPA investigation covering allegations of corrupt payments in European and Latin American countries.
Counseled a wide variety of clients about practices in numerous countries with respect to "grease payments," gifts, paying expenses for government officials and their families, accounting requirements, and related FCPA matters.
Prepared the defenses of individual energy company executives arising out of an SEC inquiry relating to alleged improper payments to government officials in connection with a power plant in Asia.
Developed, implemented, maintained, and monitored a major defense contractor's FCPA compliance program. K&L Gates lawyers used creative approaches to adapt and tailor the compliance program, policies, procedures, and processes to make it function effectively in more than 100 acquired companies and in various cultures around the globe.
Assisted numerous clients in developing and enhancing FCPA compliance policies and procedures.
Developed and implemented a number of FCPA training presentations for U.S. companies with employees working in foreign countries, including presentations in Spanish to employees of U.S. companies in Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil.
Represented an Australian manufacturing company in the most significant investigation ever conducted by law enforcement officials in Australia in connection with bribery of foreign officials in several developing countries in Asia and Africa
Development of corporate governance programs in Australia aimed at preventing bribery and corruption for a global electronics company.