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Anti-Bribery Due Diligence

Written by Robert Barrington on Thursday, 31 May 2012

TI-UK has launched a new publication aimed at the private equity sector and those involved in mergers and acquisitions.


Today, TI-UK has launched a new publication aimed at the private equity sector and those involved in mergers and acquisitions.

This is difficult territory and in the course of our research for the publication we found that while some organisations do very thorough anti-bribery due diligence prior to making an investment, others do not.  When the pressure mounts on deal teams to conclude a transaction, often with a dearth of information, the need for effective anti-bribery due diligence can easily be overlooked or de-prioritised.

Anti-Bribery Due Diligence for Transactions – Guidance for anti-bribery due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and investments aims to help those operating in this area by providing a practical guide that draws on the expertise of leading practitioners in multinational companies, the legal profession, accounting firms and professional advisors.

It is part of a series of practical guides we have been producing around the Bribery Act and related international legislation.  Like all our publications, it can be accessed free of charge at: www.transparency.org.uk/our-work/publications.

TI-UK’s 32-page guide contains

  • •10 Good Practice Principles
  • •A detailed description of how to integrate anti-bribery considerations into a standard due diligence process
  • •59-point checklist
  • •A full description of the legal context.

We note that a good practice approach is the most effective means for companies to manage bribery risks across multiple jurisdictions and in a changing legal and enforcement environment.

The report also highlights how changing deal patterns and legislation means that this is an increasingly high-risk area for companies – almost 50% of US corruption-related prosecutions in 2007 were connected to M&A transactions.  In the light of this, it is noteworthy that companies positioning themselves to be acquired must also prepare themselves to be ready to meet the standards required in anti-bribery due diligence.

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Robert Barrington

Robert is TI-UK's Executive Director. You can view his full bio here, and tweet him @TIukED.

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