The United States enacted the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in 1977 to criminalize the bribery of foreign government officials in exchange for new business or maintaining old business. The risk to Latin American companies is that the FCPA is applicable to not only U.S. citizens and companies, but also to foreign persons residing in the United States and foreign companies listed on U.S. exchanges. Moreover, the FCPA also applies to foreign firms and persons who have substantial contacts in the United States. Importantly, enforcement officials may hold U.S. companies liable for the actions of their foreign subsidiaries in cases where the subsidiary acts as an agent of the parent company.
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