Practice Areas

FCPA & Anti-Corruption Compliance, and UK Bribery Act

Violations falling under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) have expanded tremendously over the past few years while associated civil and criminal fines and penalties have simultaneously increased exponentially. As a result, companies that violate the FCPA are frequently required to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars—often crippling their operations and decimating their entire business model. With the combined factors of tough global financial conditions, the enactment of increased whistleblower rewards, and a public appetite for corporate fraud prosecutions, there is nothing to indicate a decline in this trend anytime soon. At Ashcroft, the vast majority of our Partners were presidential appointees to the U.S. Department of Justice. Our extensive prior experience inside the DOJ uniquely equips us to handle and to anticipate current enforcement processes. Our Firm favors a strategy of “anticipatory compliance”—legal advice that prevents challenges from occurring rather than simply reacting to them. We help clients design, build, and implement FCPA compliance and audit programs. Working in tandem with general counsels and compliance officers already in place, we customize policies and processes that enhance a company’s risk management efforts while minimizing disruption of day-to-day operations. We embed thorough compliance programs that positively affect corporate culture shifts. Ashcroft is both highly experienced and qualified in providing services to some of the most at-risk global industries:

  • Oil/oil services;
  • Telecommunications;
  • Tobacco;
  • Defense;
  • Financial services;
  • Pharmaceutical/medical devices; and others.

Going on the offensive for our client makes our compliance controls unassailable; we work to prevent the worst from happening and react with alacrity if it does. Let our FCPA expertise guide your operations safely and successfully within the parameters of this rapidly evolving law.