FCPA Investigations: Combating Corruption in International Business (Online Self-Study)

FCPA Investigations

CPE Credit: 4
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Experience with international organizations and understanding of basic fraud examination techniques


The federal government has ramped up its efforts to enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which generally prohibits bribes directed at foreign government officials. Because of this, it is essential that you are familiar with FCPA-related issues. This online self-study course provides you with important information to help you, your company and its employees avoid adverse consequences and combat bribery in international business.

FCPA Investigations provides an overview of the FCPA, discusses how you should respond to evidence of corruption, presents a roadmap that will help you conduct investigations of suspected corruption and discusses how to conclude an investigation.

Key Takeaways:

Key factors to consider when planning an FCPA investigation

Elements of a bribery offense

Key facts about the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions

Actions to take after discovering suspicious activity

Tips for creating your FCPA investigation team

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Table of Contents:

Lesson 1: Introduction and Course Overview

Lesson 2: Introduction to the FCPA

Lesson 3: Developing a Response Plan

Lesson 4: Responding to FCPA-Related Issues

Lesson 5: Pre-Investigation Planning

Lesson 6: Selecting the Investigative Team

Lesson 7: Introduction to Conducting an FCPA Investigation

Lesson 8: Identify Sources of Information

Lesson 9: Collect, Organize, and Process Information

Lesson 10: Conduct Interviews

Lesson 11: Analyze Information

Lesson 12: Conclude the Investigation

Lesson 13: Conclusion

CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

Recognize the key elements of the FCPA, including the accounting provisions and the anti-bribery provisions

Ascertain the most effective ways to respond to FCPA-related issues

Recognize the rules of evidence and legal privileges applicable to FCPA investigations

Identify best practices for conducting FCPA investigations

Recognize the general rules for writing investigation reports

Identify common red flags associated with fraud and corruption

Field of Study: Business Law

Last updated: October 2017

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