With cross-border commerce now the norm for almost every business, the risk of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other similar violations is heightened. Facing increasingly vigilant enforcement each year, companies must take steps to minimize the potential for violations. Whether looking at a merger or acquisition, vetting a business partner, or evaluating other third parties, counterparties’ past violations can become a liability down the road. Under the FCPA, companies are encouraged to conduct risk-based due diligence — inquiring into business partners’ past conduct—before entering into transactions or acquiring another entity. Regardless which rules apply, thorough due diligence is critical to avoid fines, reputational damage and other potentially devastating risks.
Stroz Friedberg’s research teams conduct risk-based due diligence that helps identify and mitigate the issues that are the focus of various anti-bribery rules such as the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act. At Stroz Friedberg we offer a deep bench of experienced analysts who assist companies with due diligence research and to assessing and mitigating legal and regulatory risk.
Our analysts gather hard-to-obtain information that provides critical insight into the reputations and backgrounds of distributors, agents, vendors, acquisition targets or joint venture partners, highlighting any potential reputational, regulatory and commercial risks. We are experts in collecting and analyzing information in the public record, including government databases, corporate records, litigation filings and local media outlets. When critical information isn’t publicly available, we use our extensive network of local sources in markets across the world. Working to the highest ethical and legal standards, our analysts source information from any international jurisdiction, including emerging markets and financial offshore centers where transparency is limited.
Our capabilities include:
- Third Party Distributor and Vendor Vetting
- Enhanced Due Diligence for Major Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures
- Supply Chain Due Diligence
- Strategic Research Reports
- Screening Potential Local Agents and Introducers