Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Defense



Even when a company and its executives take great pains to ensure that they are complying with foreign and domestic laws, engaging in commerce in foreign nations carries additional legal risks. Recently many American companies and executives operating in foreign markets have been investigated and indicted for violations of theForeign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 FCPA), which prohibits the act of bribing or offering to bribe an official of a foreign government to facilitate or maintain business arrangements. The Jacksonville, FL law firm of Charles B. Lembcke, P.A. represents corporations, corporate officers, and managers, who are accused of being in violation of the FCPA and the United Kingdom Bribery Act of 2010 (which is the British counterpart to the FCPA). Contact attorney Lembcke at his office in Duval County to discuss the specifics of your case.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (“FCPA”) criminalizes the intentional act of bribing or offering to bribe government officials of other countries. It applies to all US citizens and the agents of companies that are headquartered in the United States or have securities traded on a US exchange. Prosecuting attorneys can apply the FCPA regardless of whether or not the alleged act of corruption is legal in the country where it was purported to have occurred. The FCPA is enforced by the US Department of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission and can be applied both criminally and civilly.

For corporations operating outside the United States, development of effective compliance programs — policies and procedures to train employees and to prevent unauthorized payments that could trigger an investigation under the FCPA or the UK Bribery Act. Internal training and compliance programs can result in strong non-prosecution and sentencing arguments.

If convicted or found to be in violation, penalties can include:

  • Corporate fines
  • Suspension or revocation of licensure
  • Individual fines
  • Imprisonment
  • Restitution
  • Forfeiture

An effective defense begins with the retention of a corporate defense lawyer who has experience representing clients who are accused of FCPA and UK Bribery Act violations. Contact the Jacksonville, FL law office of Charles B. Lembcke, P.A. to arrange an initial consultation.

Criminal and Civil Defense Attorney for Multi-National Companies and Business Executives

Successfully operating in foreign markets can be a challenge for even the most experienced businessmen and businesswomen. Observing foreign customs and traditions can often be misconstrued as criminal acts by US government officials. A compliance program can minimize the risks. If you’ve been accused of any impropriety or violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or the UK Bribery Act, retain the services of an attorney with over forty years of legal experience. Protect your liberty, licensure, and reputation; contact Charles B. Lembcke, P.A.

To schedule an appointment with one of Florida’s premiere criminal and civil defense attorneys, call our Jacksonville office at (904) 355-5467.


Charles B. Lembcke has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of white collar criminal defense.

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