Houston FCPA Lawyers

Texas-based companies and individuals involved with international business transactions must comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Failure to adhere to the strict standards involving bribery, health care fraud and other criminal offenses will get unwanted attention from the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

FCPA Penalties And Defenses For Noncompliance

All criminal FCPA prosecutions fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice. Civil prosecutions for FCPA violations may be brought by the SEC. These executive agencies may run parallel investigations and share information, yet seek distinct penalties. There are also private causes of actions for FCPA violations, which may be brought by a business competitor who lost business due to the corrupt payment. In such a situation, the plaintiff may seek treble damages.

There are affirmative defenses to alleged FCPA violations. The FCPA expressly provides that payments for routine governmental action, such as obtaining licenses or permits, may be permissible. Hiring police protection for a facility may also be permissible. However, whether a payment to an official falls into a permissive category is a question that may require the expertise of counsel.

Understanding FCPA Compliance

Understanding FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) compliance involves comprehending the regulations and requirements set forth by this U.S. law. The FCPA aims to prevent bribery and corruption in international business transactions. To be FCPA compliant, businesses must establish robust internal controls, conduct due diligence on third parties, and maintain accurate record-keeping. It also involves training employees to recognize and resist corrupt practices. Successful FCPA compliance means not only adhering to legal mandates but also fostering a corporate culture of integrity and ethical business conduct, both domestically and abroad. Companies that understand and adhere to FCPA compliance not only minimize legal risks but also build trust and credibility in the global business arena.

For more information, please refer to this publication and guide for Compliance Officers

Understanding FCPA Compliance, A Guide for Global Companies

Securing the services of an FCPA compliance lawyer is crucial for companies navigating the intricate landscape of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In the past decade, our legal team at Hilder & Associates, P.C., has extensively represented persons accused of FCPA violations, have been targets of FCPA investigations or have confronted other white collar criminal matters. In FCPA investigations, experience is requisite and all situations are unique.

Speak With A Proven Lawyer

FCPA compliance is difficult. Investigations by powerful government entities are thorough and exhaustive. You need a dedicated and knowledgeable advocate at your side. Collaborating with Hilder and Associates P.C. allows companies to achieve comprehensive compliance with FCPA regulations, effectively mitigating the risk of expensive violations and safeguarding their reputation in the global marketplace. With a nationwide reach, Hilder and Associates P.C. stands ready to represent clients across the country, offering strategic counsel and dedicated support in navigating the intricacies of FCPA compliance.

Contact us at 713-234-1416 or toll-free at 888-659-8742.