FCPA and UK Bribery Act Risk Assessments

Strategies to Identify and Mitigate Corruption Risk and Ensure Compliance

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

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Conducted on Thursday, January 6, 2011

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This CLE course will provide guidance to counsel for companies doing business outside the U.S. on planning and executing risk assessments to ensure effective compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the new UK Bribery Act.


Risk assessment is a key component of a company’s efforts to comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the new UK Bribery law, which goes into effect in April 2011. U.S. companies doing business in the United Kingdom must understand the risks of corruption targeted by these laws.

Companies must perform a risk assessment to identify gaps and to measure the risk of noncompliance. Results from an assessment will guide how a company mitigates risk and develops a proactive plan to ensure compliance with the FCPA and UK Bribery Act.

With heightened government attention in both the United States and in the United Kingdom on enforcing anti-corruption compliance, U.S. companies must take steps now to identify and address vulnerabilities with respect to both countries' laws.

Listen as our authoritative panel reviews the essential components of an effective risk assessment, identifies troublesome FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance issues, and offers strategies for overcoming risk assessment challenges and executing an effective and cost-efficient risk assessment.



  1. Importance of anti-corruption risk assessments
    1. FCPA/U.S. Sentencing Guidelines
    2. UK Bribery Act
    3. Goals of risk assessment
  2. Conducting the risk assessment
    1. Who conducts it?
    2. How its conducted?
    3. Establishing the appropriate scope and work plan
    4. Tailoring the assessment to specific industry sectors and risks
    5. How to handle the results
  3. Strategies to overcome challenges and remediate findings
    1. Common challenges
    2. Effective methods for overcoming challenges
    3. Dealing with the results


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What should a risk assessment identify to mitigate risk of corruption?
  • What are the essential components of an FCPA or UK Bribery Act risk assessment?
  • What steps should a company and counsel take to protect the assessment?
  • What steps should be taken to execute a cost efficient assessment?


Edward J. Fishman
Edward J. Fishman

K&L Gates

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

Wood, John
John F. Wood

Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Mr. Wood focuses on corporate compliance, internal investigations, advocacy before government agencies, and litigation....  |  Read More

Sam Eastwood
Sam Eastwood

Norton Rose

He is experienced in handling a broad range of large commercial disputes for major corporations and financial...  |  Read More

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