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US Enforcement agencies issue extensive new FCPA guidance

On 14 November 2012, the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission issued A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which provides extensive and long-awaited guidance on the interpretation and enforcement of the FCPA. This landmark document presents the views of the U.S. enforcement agencies on a wide range of FCPA issues of significant concern to the global business community, including the jurisdictional reach of the FCPA; the meaning of “foreign official” and “government instrumentality;” the treatment of business hospitality and gifts; successor liability in mergers and acquisitions; the principles that govern enforcement decisions, including self-reporting, cooperation and remediation; the elements of effective compliance programs; and reporting obligations under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

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