OECD Working Group on Bribery Assesses the Performance of Colombia and Costa Rica

In recent months, in the midst of an emergent global crisis, the Working Group on Bribery (WGB) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) completed its evaluations of Colombia’s and Costa Rica’s implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention. The WGB’s Phase 3 evaluation report on Colombia and Phase 2 evaluation report on Costa Rica evaluate both countries’ recent enactment of new corporate liability regimes for foreign bribery. In this guest article, Ropes & Gray attorneys María González Calvet, Mark de Barros and Nicole O’Donnell explain how future enforcement activity in Colombia and Costa Rica could align with the WGB’s broader anti-corruption mandate, and address the ongoing complexities faced by enforcement authorities across Latin America in the aftermath of the wide-ranging Lava Jato corruption scandal. See “COVID-19 Lands in Latin America: Mitigation Strategies for Increased Corruption Risk” (Apr. 15, 2020).

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