On March 7, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new whistleblower reward program intended to help prosecutors bring more foreign corruption cases. Under the new program, individuals who report corporate misconduct can earn a share of any resulting DOJ forfeiture. This comes on the heels of one of the world's largest commodity trading firms agreeing to pay about $661 million after admitting to bribing Ecuadorean officials. These events reinforce anti-bribery and -corruption laws as one of the significant compliance risks companies face in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

The Biden administration and its Justice Department have established countering corruption as a core U.S. national security interest, highlighting the threat that global corruption poses to prosperity, competition, and democracy. Violations in 2023 continued to rebound from their Covid-19 slump, with approximately $770 million in fines, penalties, and disgorgement. That trajectory is expected to continue through 2024 and beyond. While companies competing in new markets grapple with surging tariffs, sanctions, and other trade restrictions, their risk of failing to implement compliance programs may increase as well.

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