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Global Increase of FCPA Bribery Cases Raises Specter of Piling On

The increasing number of regulators and enforcement agencies bringing foreign bribery cases across the globe raises the specter of successive or “carbon copy” cases. Policymakers and practitioners need to be aware of this developing risk and take steps to mitigate it.

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Prosecution of bribery of foreign public officials, under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other similar laws, has been rising globally for some time. This salutary trend has brought many benefits, including more ethical business practices, improved governance and economic growth. Yet the increasing number of regulators and enforcement agencies bringing foreign bribery cases across the globe raises the specter of successive or “carbon copy” cases. Policymakers and practitioners need to be aware of this developing risk and take steps to mitigate it.

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