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  • From Vol. 4 No.21 (Oct. 21, 2015)

    Regional Risk Spotlight: John Vincent Lonsberg of Baker Botts Helps Untangle the U.A.E.’s Web of Anti-Corruption Laws

    The Middle East is an increasingly attractive place to do business, particularly for the energy and defense sectors.  It can be tempting to consider the region as a uniform block with the same laws and cultures.  However, local anti-corruption laws can vary drastically from country to country in the area.  The United Arab Emirates is not the largest country in the region, but due to its federal structure, it has one of the most complicated anti-corruption regimes.  Its web of federal laws, local laws and ministry policies can make it difficult for foreign companies to identify anti-corruption risks.  For this installment of the Regional Risk Spotlight series, The FCPA Report spoke with John Vincent Lonsberg, a partner at Baker Botts based in Dubai, who has more than three decades of experience doing business in this part of the world.  Lonsberg discussed, among other things, how the U.A.E.’s conflicts of interest laws and economic offset programs complicate working with local third parties, the difficulties of determining who is a foreign official and changing attitudes towards gift-giving in this wealthy federation.  See “Mitigating Corruption Risk in the Middle East (Part One of Two),” The FCPA Report, Vol. 4, No. 15 (Jul. 22, 2015); Part Two, Vol. 4, No. 16 (Aug. 5, 2015).

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  • From Vol. 4 No.15 (Jul. 22, 2015)

    Mitigating Corruption Risk in the Middle East (Part One of Two)

    The Middle East lures businesses and investors with eye-popping wealth, rich natural resources and an almost insatiable appetite for growth.  But the region presents a panoply of challenges for those wishing to do business there without running afoul of both American and local anti-corruption laws.  A prevalence of state-owned entities and business-minded royal families; laws requiring third-party facilitators in transactions; and a culture that embraces gift-giving are only some of the corruption risks in the region.  These challenges were recently addressed at a Strafford Publications panel featuring Tom Best, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C.; Marc Alain Bohn, counsel at Miller & Chevalier in D.C.; John Vincent Lonsberg, a partner with Baker Botts based in Dubai, U.A.E.; and Daniel P. Chung, of counsel with Gibson Dunn in D.C.  This article series covers some of the insights from the panelists.  This first article addresses the diverse cultural and legal factors that a company needs to be aware of when doing business in the region.  The second article will focus on three specific areas of corruption risk and strategies for mitigating those risks.  See also “Corruption and the Arab Spring: Compliance Implications for International Companies,” The FCPA Report, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Jul. 25, 2012).

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