It is against the law to offer or accept bribes or kickbacks during business dealings in the United States. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) also makes it illegal for U.S. companies to engage in these activities overseas. The SEC and DOJ investigate alleged violations of the FCPA. The SEC investigates civil violations, while the DOJ investigates criminal actions. In practice, these entities routinely share the product of their investigations with each other. FCPA violations can expose a company to significant liability and even lead to criminal charges. As a result, companies engaging in international business must be fully aware of their employee's actions, even when such conduct occurs outside the United States.
Hiring a lawyer to develop compliance strategies can be a major benefit to businesses with an international presence. It is important to hire an attorney who is familiar with the complexities of this act.
The Cogdell Law Firm, in Houston represents businesses dealing with FCPA compliance issues, as well as those facing criminal FCPA violations. Attorney Dan Cogdell brings nearly unparalleled success in the defense of white collar crimes. This experience is valuable to companies that wish to prevent potential FCPA problems before they occur.
Clients typically seek our services when they have come under scrutiny for business practices that could be construed as improper solicitation by a foreign entity or improper payment by a U.S. company.
Often, people and companies charged with FCPA violations are not aware that their actions could have been illegal. What is legal in one country could be in violation of the FCPA in another. In many countries, accepting or making bribes is an accepted part of doing business. If you, an employee or your company is involved in a DOJ investigation, our law firm is prepared to take decisive action in your defense.
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To arrange a consultation with an FCPA compliance attorney, call Houston's 2011 White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year at 713-426-2244 or contact our firm online.