FCPA Guidance Round-Up

December 27, 2012

Since last month, practitioners who worry about what went bribe in the night have been digesting the FCPA Guidance issued jointly by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 130-page guide is an attempt by both agencies to enlighten those that must interpret the provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as applied to practical business matters, especially these professionals are confronted with the nuances of doing global business in cultures that are very different from the United States.

Along with the FCPA Guidance, the following free resources provide more information on the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and a starting point for those in the corporate legal department to answer questions about the FCPA.

For a summary of the FCPA, its history, civil and criminal penalties, check out SEC and DOJ Issue Guidelines on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on the FindLaw blog.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has assembled all its tools relating to the FCPA in one spot in its Spotlight on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Over at the Justice Department, the agency provides links to FCPA opinions, enforcement actions, and international agreements on its FCPA Overview.

The U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the International Trade Administration, also offers U.S. businesses trade counseling, market intelligence and many other services to help companies stay compliant with law and regulations, including the FCPA.

Find out more on WestlawNext by searching for FCPA in Administrative Decisions & Guidance> Securities and Exchange Commission.