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  • From Vol. 7 No.10 (May 16, 2018)

    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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  • From Vol. 7 No.2 (Jan. 24, 2018)

    Lessons Learned From the First-Ever French Convention Judiciaire d’Intérêt Public Concluded With HSBC

    On October 30, 2017, less than a year after the enactment of France’s new anti-corruption law known as Sapin II, which created a new settlement tool for use in connection with certain corporate criminal investigations, HSBC Private Bank Suisse SA (HSBC PRBA) entered into a convention judiciaire d’intérêt public (CJIP), France’s first-ever corporate resolution mechanism. In a guest article, Bryan Sillaman, a partner in Hughes Hubbard’s Paris office, and his associate, Marie-Agnès Nicolas, explain that although questions remain regarding certain CJIP-related provisions of Sapin II, the resolution with HSBC PRBA provides a helpful starting point to assess how such agreements will be structured in light of Sapin II’s statutory framework and the procedural requirements of the French legal system. See “Despite Anemic Prosecutions, France Moves Toward Increased Anti-Corruption Enforcement” (Oct. 26, 2016).

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  • From Vol. 5 No.21 (Oct. 26, 2016)

    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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