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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The FCPA prohibits the offer, payment, or promise to pay money or anything of value—i.e., a bribe—to any foreign official in an effort to win or retain business from that foreign official’s government.

It is not a violation of the FCPA, however, if (i) the payments are legal under the written laws of the country in which the payments are made; or (ii) the payment is a reasonable expenditure directly related to the conducting of business with a foreign government.

In recent years, on average, 4.9% of all SEC whistleblower tips have involved this type of securities violation.

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