An Insider’s Take on France’s New Approach to Foreign Corruption

As global anti-corruption enforcement grows, many countries are adopting policies and procedures that resemble those of countries with more established regimes, such as encouraging self-reporting and allowing for negotiated resolutions. That can be an uncomfortable process for lawyers who are used to operating differently than their counterparts in places like the U.S. and the U.K. For instance, France recently adopted a more stringent anti-corruption law that requires companies to establish compliance programs and has started offering DPAs. During a presentation at the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics’ spring European Compliance & Ethics Institute in Germany, Maria Lancri, a French attorney practicing at GCV, shared her reactions to France’s move towards a more-U.S. style of resolving anti-corruption cases. See “What Compliance Lessons Can Companies Learn From the SFO’s First Two DPAs?” (Sep. 28, 2016).

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