Managing Corruption Risk When Hiring and Training Foreign Officials and Their Relatives Overseas: Risks and Challenges (Part One of Two) 

Companies in the extractive sector are often subject to local content laws requiring them to develop the local workforce by providing on-the-job training and educational funding for employees of government and state-owned entities. Such requirements, while generally well-intentioned, present an array of compliance challenges. In a two-part guest article series, Andrew Costa, the general counsel and assistant secretary of the Atlantic Methanol Companies, along with Jeremy Levin, a partner at Baker Botts, and his associate Louie Layrisson, discuss how to overcome overseas hiring and training challenges for extractive companies. In this first article, they distill insights from U.S. settlements regarding the government’s expectations for hiring practices and training programs. The second article will provide guidance on mitigating risks associated with training foreign officials and hiring their relatives. See “Kevin Abikoff of Hughes Hubbard Discusses the Benefits and Risks of African Local Content Laws” (Feb. 10, 2016).

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