ABA releases Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Handbook

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is nearly 40 years old, and a new edition of the best-selling book from the American Bar Association dealing with the subject provides an updated and informative review of the significant changes in the law during the past five years.

Written by one of the nation’s top FCPA experts, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Handbook: A Practical Guide for Multinational General Counsel, Transactional Lawyers and White Collar Criminal Practitioners, 4th Edition” includes material on more than 30 new cases and two new appendices — the UK Deferred Prosecution Agreements Code of Practice and the Chapter 8 Primer on Determining the Appropriate Corporate Sentence.

In 1977, the FCPA was enacted to make it unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. In the book, author and lawyer Robert W. Tarun shares several decades of experience as a prosecutor, investigator, litigator and FCPA advisor by identifying major risk areas in the law and then offering very insightful and practical suggestions for how companies can most effectively address these risks, conduct credible investigations and resolve as necessary matters with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

A partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP with offices in San Francisco and Chicago and co-chair of the firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act practice, Tarun has handled sensitive investigations for multinational companies and their boards of directors or audit committees and executives involving alleged business misconduct in the United States and 55 other countries. He is a former executive assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago and a past regent and fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also taught white-collar criminal practice as a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School from 2000 to 2005.


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