From the September 2011 issue of Treasury & Risk magazine

FCPA Bills Pile Up

New policies guard against the high costs of just being investigated under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The U.S. government’s push to enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in recent years has left corporations on the defensive. Being charged with violating FCPA, which forbids paying bribes to foreign officials, can mean big fines or criminal charges, and even an FCPA investigation can be costly. Beauty products seller Avon Products, which began an FCPA investigation in 2008, reportedly has run up $122.5 million in legal costs related to the investigation to date. Such expenses may not be covered by directors and officers liability insurance, either. Generally, D&O coverage must be triggered by some type of charge, which may be missing in a preliminary investigation, and D&O policies do not cover the company itself. Now a couple of insurers are addressing that gap.

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