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Anti-Corruption Trends and Developments in the EMEA Region

September 4, 2020, Covington Alert

It has been over twenty years since the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention came into force, over a decade since the enactment of the UK Bribery Act, and over three years since the passage of France’s Sapin II law. Alongside those ground-breaking developments have come a host of other measures across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (“EMEA”) region to strengthen anti-corruption laws, enhance the enforcement tools available to government authorities, and incentivise investments in compliance programmes, making it clear that the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) is no longer the only practical enforcement risk to which companies headquartered or operating in the EMEA region must address themselves. In this alert, we provide an update concerning key anti-corruption enforcement trends and developments in the EMEA region.

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