Despite Anemic Prosecutions, France Moves Toward Increased Anti-Corruption Enforcement

France’s anti-corruption enforcement track record leaves much to be desired. Despite having relatively well developed and robust anti-corruption legislation, as recently as 2008 there had been no convictions in France for foreign bribery offences. An awareness of such issues has been present for years, and notably has been raised by organisations including the OECD, however, little progress has been made by way of effective reform. In a guest article, Jonathan Mattout, a partner in in the Paris office of Herbert Smith Freehills, details recent and upcoming enhancements to the French ABC laws. See “Recordbreaking Alstom Criminal FCPA Settlement Results From Wide-Ranging Bribery Scheme and Lack of Cooperation” (Jan. 7, 2015). 

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