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Strategies for Minimizing Risk Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Related Laws

Mike Koehler

In the minds of some, complying with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related laws such as the UK Bribery Act is easy: ‘you just don’t bribe’. The reality, as sophisticated professionals know, is not so simple. This book is for professionals across various disciplines who recognize the difficulties of compliance and want to learn strategies for minimizing risk under aggressively enforced corporate bribery laws. The book uses issue-spotting scenarios to present risk and guides professionals through various components of compliance best practices from the fundamentals of conducting a risk assessment and effectively communicating compliance expectations, to implementing and overseeing compliance strategies.
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Mike Koehler

Professor Mike Koehler is a leading expert on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related laws. For nearly a decade, Professor Koehler was an attorney in private practice and conducted investigations around the world, negotiated resolutions to enforcement actions with government enforcement agencies, and advised clients on risk assessment and compliance strategies. Professor Koehler’s insights are further informed by having read and analyzed the FCPA’s entire legislative history, every FCPA enforcement action, and every FCPA judicial decision.

Since 2009, Professor Koehler has run the award-winning FCPA Professor website ( Described as the “Wall Street Journal concerning all things FCPA-related,” and “the most authoritative source for those seeking to understand and apply the FCPA,” FCPA Professor has been named a Top Law Blog for in-house counsel by Corporate Counsel, a Top 25 Business Law Blog by LexisNexis, and a top 100 Legal Blog by the American Bar Association. FCPA Professor readers include a worldwide audience of attorneys, business and compliance professionals, government agencies, scholars and students, journalists, and other interested persons.

Professor Koehler is also the founder and manager of FCPA Professor LLC, an expert consulting company devoted to elevating the FCPA knowledge and practical skills of professionals through a range of services. For instance, the FCPA Institute is a unique two-day active learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills. FCPA Professor also conducts uniquely tailored live FCPA training sessions for companies in a variety of industries.

Professor Koehler has testified before Congress on the FCPA and is also a frequent speaker before business and academic audiences. Leading law reviews and journals have published Professor Koehler’s scholarship; his work has been cited in legal briefs, judicial decisions, policy papers, and Congressional testimony; and he is a frequent featured source on the FCPA and related topics in various national and international media. Professor Koehler is a tenured law professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law and was previously a law professor in the College of Business at Butler University.