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Book Review: From Baksheesh To Bribery


T. Markus Funk (Perkins Coie) and Andrew Boutros (Seyfarth Shaw) have edited an informative book titled “From Baksheesh to Bribery” recently published by Oxford University Press.

The first part of the book contains “Geographic Chapters” concerning the bribery and corruption laws in approximately 20 countries including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia and the United Kingdom.

The second part of the book contains “Subject-Specific Chapters” on topics ranging from an internal investigations, third-party due diligence, data privacy and security issues, corporate monitors and voluntary disclosures.

As stated in the abstract:

“Worldwide, governmental anti-corruption efforts have been ramping up like never before. From the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to the U.K. Bribery Act and Chinese, French, Indonesian, Brazilian, and German anti-bribery legislation, the compliance world has witnessed the fight against corruption rocketing to the top of law reform and enforcement agendas. Anti-corruption efforts are going global, and so practitioners of the compliance, regulatory, and investigative spaces must recognize that a significant number of countries have credible anti-bribery/anti-corruption enforcement regimes. In addition, anti-bribery laws are being passed on a regular basis.

As a consequence of this increasingly polycentric fight against bribery and other forms of corruption, those on the front lines advising companies are expected to understand and navigate these complicated and often perilous compliance waters. This first-of-its-kind book draws on the real-world experiences and expertise possessed by some of the world’s leading anti-bribery practitioners and thought leaders to tackle these challenges. With country chapters and practitioner-focused ‘how to’ modules, this book serves as a one-stop shop for practitioners, in-house counsel, compliance personnel, academics, and others required to understand the world’s perspective on corruption – and fight against it.”


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