France’s Game-Changing New Anti-Corruption Law

Law360, New York (November 10, 2016, 12:26 PM EST) -- Saskia Zandieh

Leah Moushey Since 2010, French companies have paid over $1.6 billion to the United States Treasury to resolve anti-corruption enforcement actions, and since 2007, two executives of French companies have pleaded guilty to anti-bribery-related violations in the United States. Meanwhile, France's enforcement of its anti-corruption laws has lagged, leading the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Working Group on Bribery and others to pressure France to improve its anti-corruption regime.

In March 2016, France introduced draft legislation (known as "Sapin II" after France's Finance and Economy Minister, Michel Sapin, who championed the bill) that aimed to strengthen the country's...

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