EU Anti-Corruption Compliance: Meeting the Complex and Evolving Requirements, Mitigating Legal Risks

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to counsel for U.S. companies doing business in the EU on implementing and strengthening anti-corruption compliance programs. The panel will review anti-corruption laws of the EU member states and best practices to minimize corruption risks when doing business in these countries.

Description

On Feb. 3, 2014, the European Commission released its first EU Anti-Corruption Report, which emphasizes the ongoing risk of corruption in EU member states and the importance of implementing and maintaining an effective compliance program.

Bribery and corruption risk remain widespread. The EU member states are raising the stakes by strengthening and enforcing anti-corruption laws as well as conducting cross-border investigations. For example, in 2013, the German parliament raised the fines in connection with bribes from € 1 million ($1.36 million) to € 10 million ($13.6 million). The U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office recently signaled its intention to pursue large and complex corrupt transactions under the U.K. Bribery Act.

As corruption risks present significant challenges for companies doing business in the EU, it is imperative for such companies adopt and implement an effective anti-corruption compliance program.

Listen as our authoritative panel provides a brief overview of the anti-corruption laws and enforcement environment in the EU and the potential risks of doing business in EU countries from an anti-corruption compliance standpoint. The panel also will outline anti-corruption compliance best practices to mitigate such corruption risks.

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Outline

  1. Potential corruption risks of doing business in the EU
    1. Overview of EU Anti-Corruption Report findings
    2. Recent enforcement cases involving conduct in EU member states
    3. Comparison of corruption risks in EU member states
  2. Anti-corruption laws and enforcement environment in the EU
    1. UK Bribery Act
    2. Overview of other EU anti-corruption laws
  3. Best practices for anti-corruption compliance
    1. Core Elements of Anti-Corruption Compliance Program
    2. Common Challenges in Implementing Compliance Program
    3. Strategies for Cost Effective and Robust Compliance Program

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What risk factors make companies conducting business in the EU more vulnerable to violations of the anti-corruption laws?
  • What steps can companies take to minimize corruption risks under the anti-corruption laws of EU member states?
  • What steps should counsel take to implement compliance programs to comply with the anti-corruption requirements of the EU member states?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.

Faculty

Laura Atherton
Laura Atherton

Senior Associate
K&L Gates

Ms. Atherton is involved in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration,...  |  Read More

Isabelle De Smedt
Isabelle De Smedt

K&L Gates

Ms. De Smedt focuses her practice on corporate, mergers & acquisitions, complex litigation and the U.S. Foreign...  |  Read More

Edward Fishman
Edward J. Fishman

Partner
K&L Gates

Mr. Fishman advises clients with respect to government and internal corporate investigations, corporate transactions,...  |  Read More

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