Canadian Companies Beware: The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Applies to You


  • Robert A. Bassett



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


This article outlines how the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act applies to non-U.S. corporations and individuals, with particular reference to those entities in Canada. The author points out the dual requirements of the legislation — the accounting provisions and the anti-bribery provisions — and explains how the generous wording frequently makes them applicable to Canadian corporations and individuals, both directly and indirectly. Several cases are cited as examples of enforcement of the Act against non- U.S. corporations and individuals. The accounting provisions of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are reviewed, as are the anti-bribery provisions of the U.S. Department of Justice.