Recent efforts by government authorities around the globe to aggressively enforce global anti-corruption regulations have resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of investigations and prosecutions and the severity of penalties imposed. Today’s anti-corruption enforcement environment creates heightened compliance expectations for companies operating around the world.
To help clients address these complex, changing regulatory demands, Vinson & Elkins provides a one-stop shop, working across practice groups and utilizing lawyers in the firm’s offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to provide a practical, business-oriented approach that mirrors the operational perspective of our clients. This approach also enables us to help multinational corporations, private equity funds and their portfolios, and individuals remain keenly aware of the prohibitions and requirements of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act (UKBA), and similar anti-corruption laws and sanctions.
V&E's global anti-corruption lawyers have been representing clients in all aspects of the compliance process since the FCPA was enacted. In addition to negotiating with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), we routinely advise
senior management, accounting professionals, and board members on best practices for addressing real-world compliance issues, helping to identify red flags and resolve potential problems before they arise. Our team supports clients in the development of anti-corruption policies and training programs, and provides updates on significant legal developments that may impact business
procedures or operations. We also advise on the structuring and negotiation of commercial agreements that minimize regulatory risk, draft due diligence procedures, and conduct due diligence reviews of foreign business partners and third-party representatives, including agents and consultants.
We regularly conduct internal investigations and, where appropriate, advise on disclosing issues to the DOJ, the SEC, and the SFO. Our lawyers also help clients respond to and defend against investigations pursued by these enforcement agencies and represent
companies against shareholder litigation brought in connection with enforcement settlements. V&E’s leadership in this area is the result of years of experience representing the world’s most sophisticated global companies. With a team of anti-corruption lawyers
that includes a former DOJ Deputy Attorney General, several former DOJ prosecutors, and former in-house counsels, we provide practical advice informed by experience on all sides of the issues.