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How to tackle corruption risk in M&A transactions

Energy companies often conduct business in emerging markets, some of which may have a historically poor record of dealing with corruption. In this article, law firm Norton Rose Fulbright considers the risks of entering such markets; and how companies can protect the value of the deal

What are the developing global trends in respect of anti-bribery laws? In recent years many countries have taken action to strengthen legal regimes to better tackle incidences of bribery. There has been a general recognition of the corrosive effects of corruption and as well as introducing new legislation, more resources are being made available to enforce anti-bribery laws. For example in the UK, the Serious Fraud Office has obtained blockbuster funding from the finance ministry to pursue, among other things, high-profile cases of international corruption under the UK Bribery Act 2010. This changing landscape is influencing the perception of risk for those involved in mergers and acquisiti

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