Resource Author: Securities and Exchange Commission (US)

This comprehensive guidance document provides a detailed analysis of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and its enforcement. Topics include who and what is covered by the FCPA, the jurisdictional reach of the FCPA, relevant definitions and features of effective compliance programs. The guidance also contains hypotheticals, examples of enforcement actions and summaries of applicable case law.

The United States (US) Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) is the regulator for companies that are listed in, or raise capital in, the US. It frequently brings enforcement action against companies for 'books and records' offences related to foreign bribery.