Starting in April 2011, the new U.K. Bribery Act will dramatically extend the extraterritorial reach of U.K. regulation and law enforcement by prohibiting any kind of commercial bribery by businesses operating in the United Kingdom.
To help organizations manage compliance with new anti-bribery and anti-corruption regulations, Foley & Lardner co-sponsored a breakfast briefing where speakers from Foley, U.K. law firm Eversheds LLP, KPMG LLP, and the U.K. Serious Fraud Office shared their insights and leading practices on preventing and addressing potential bribery and corruption violations in this new regulatory environment.
Our featured speaker was Vivian Robinson, QC, General Counsel of the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, the agency chiefly responsible for enforcement of the much-discussed U.K. Bribery Act. Both the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the U.K. Bribery Act are making headlines and putting businesses on notice. Mr. Robinson outlined the principal offenses of the Bribery Act and the implications for U.S. companies doing business in the United Kingdom.
Panel speakers also included:
Neill Blundell, Head of Fraud Group, Eversheds LLP
Seth Levine, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
Barry Mandel, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
Marc Miller, Partner, KPMG LLP
Samuel (Sandy) Winer, Partner, Foley & Larder LLP