The UK Bribery Act 2010: a Guide to the New Offences

19 May 2010
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This memo discusses the key aspects of the new offences contained in the UK Bribery Act 2010 and illustrates how the scope of the new Act is, in some significant respects, broader than that of the FCPA. The Act is designed to address many of the difficulties that existed in prosecuting companies under the previous UK corruption law and introduces the new strict liability ''corporate offence''. As a result, all companies doing business in the UK should be mindful of the key provisions contained within the Act and should be actively reviewing how they can ensure they have ''adequate procedures'' in place to prevent bribery.