Organizations across every industry should be aware of the consequences and repercussions of corruption violations which can be swift and severe. In the French – and more generally European – context, it is to be expected that more and more companies will be subject to major fines and other penalties that will have highly negative impact on their business and many individual employees could be prosecuted on criminal charges.
This increased prosecution appetite by the likes of Department of Justice in the USA the Serious Fraud Office in the UK and the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office in France as well as the first audits of the French Anticorruption Agency has put anti-bribery and anti-corruption (also known as “ABC compliance”) in the spotlight at companies that operate internationally.
As counsel to many leading companies in their industries, our experience has led us to assist companies before courts or conduct internal investigations, including cases involving allegations of corruption. We also acted for companies which have recently faced audits of the French Anticorruption Agency regarding the implementation and efficiency of their anticorruption compliance program.
Faced with this multitude of standards to be respected, our experience enables us to develop a training course specified to the needs of compliance and non-compliance professionals.