Brazilian Senate passes sweeping anti-corruption ‘clean company law’

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Brazil’s Senate has passed a piece of legislation that, if signed by president Dilma Rousseff, is expected to drastically change the way local and foreign companies do business in Brazil.

The bill, passed on 4 July, is being referred to as the ‘clean company law’. To some extent, it is stricter than the US Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA), widely regarded as one of the most stringent anti-bribery laws in the world. The FCPA prohibits paying (or offering to pay) anything of value to a foreign official in order to secure a business advantage. The scope of the Brazilian clean company law is even broader, including civil and administrative liability for legal entities that engage in acts committed against both Brazilian and foreign public administration bodies. Among the acts covered by the bill are bribery, fraud in public procurement, bid rigging, fraud in contracts signed with public bodies, impairing public officers’ investigative activities and influencing or financing others to engage in illegal acts against the government…

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