The last few years have seen new opportunities arise for investors in new geographical markets. While potentially lucrative, these opportunities can have risks which, if not identified and addressed before a transaction or relationship is completed, can result in financial loss, reputational damage or criminal or regulatory sanction. The recent renewed focus from Western countries on combating corruption including increased action by law enforcement and regulatory authorities under relevant anti-corruption legislation – has created a new impetus for conducting corruption-related Integrity Due Diligence.
While in the past, actions were often focused on key sectors such as oil and gas, the authorities are now scrutinising activities in all industries, and the US’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s emphasis on “successor liability”, means that an acquirer can now be held accountable for corrupt acts – including the payment of bribes, conducted by the acquired company prior to the transaction. This legislation also covers the actions of agents.
Deloitte’s Business Intelligence Services group has significant experience in conducting corruption-related Integrity Due Diligence around the world, in particular in emerging markets where corruption is often endemic. Typically conducted on a client’s agents and business partners (as well as acquisition targets) and tailored to meet our client’s specific requirements, our work is conducted using a proven methodology under the strictest confidentiality and within the laws of the countries in which we conduct our work
For further information, please contact Emma Codd, or please call 020 7936 3000.