The Foreign Extortion Prevention Act: Key Changes to U.S. Anti-Corruption Regime Reverberate Well Beyond America’s Borders

The signing into law of the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act (FEPA) on December 23, 2023, means that, for the first time, American law directly criminalizes a foreign government official’s acceptance of a bribe. While the FEPA focuses on the official’s conduct, it may significantly affect individuals and entities that do business with foreign governments. In this guest article, MoloLamken partners Eric R. Nitz and Walter H Hawes IV look at the new law’s scope, jurisdictional challenges and application to foreign officials, and discuss corporate compliance and practical enforcement issues. See “FCPA Enforcement, Changes in 2023 Foretell a Busy Year Ahead” (Jan. 17, 2024).

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