Probes and Bribes: Practioners’ Perspectives on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
October 22, 2014
4:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Moot Courtroom (A59)
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-7148
Throughout its 37-year history, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) has proven one of the most controversial tools in the United States' arsenal against corruption. Opponents believe that the law harms U.S. business interests; American corporations are prohibited from doing things that other countries' corporations can do with impunity. Proponents point out that the U.S. has helped change attitudes towards bribery, pressured other states to strengthen their domestic laws, and drawn the international community's attention to a pernicious and insoluble global problem.
However one views the FCPA, it has certainly generated business for US law firms. This panel, featuring prominent Cleveland lawyers well versed in FCPA enforcement and advising, will provide an account of the current state of the FCPA. The panelists will reflect on their own experiences defending against FCPA investigations, discuss strategies that companies can use to avoid falling afoul of the FCPA, and provide suggestions as to how the law might be improved and clarified. A reception will follow the presentations. CLE credit will also be available.
- Kevin Barnes, Taft Stettinius & Hollister
- Jim Wooley, Jones Day
- Colin Jennings, Squire Patton
- Moderator: Timothy Webster, Assistant Professor of Law, Director, East Asian Legal Studies, Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
1.5 hours of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval
Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required.
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