Law Firms Fatten on FCPA Investigations (WSJ)

Probes of foreign bribery allegations cost companies millions.

Companies can spend millions investigating whether their executives have bribed overseas officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and most of that money goes to law firms and others hired to conduct the investigations. An article in the Wall Street Journal estimates that FCPA investigations at just three companies—Avon Products, Weatherford International and Wal-Mart Stores—cost a total of $456 million.

The Journal says that more than 100 companies are currently under investigation for FCPA violations.

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