Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

South Texas Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Attorneys

Accusations of bribing officials in another country not only reflect poorly on a corporation, but can expose employees and executives to criminal and civil prosecutions. Even when rogue employees are violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the company can be punished with huge fines.

The Reed Law Firm, PLLC, provides experienced criminal defense for employees or companies charged under the FCPA. We also provide internal investigation and pre-indictment services if federal investigators are asking questions about improprieties in foreign trade.

We represent employees and U.S. companies based in South Texas, from Houston and Corpus Christi to San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. Two members of our defense team are former Assistant U.S. Attorneys with extensive experience on both sides of white collar prosecutions. Arrange a consultation today.

Houston FCPA Violation Attorneys

It is a Catch-22 of doing business in some countries. The local mayor insists on a "bridge restoration fee" to let your trucks through, but such a payment is considered illegal bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The FCPA is also enforced by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sometimes violations are based on complaints by competitors who believe that your company is manipulating the market. Sometimes the SEC initiates the investigation based on irregularities in the books and records, such as cash that cannot be accounted for.

Eric Reed is a former federal prosecutor with experience in these cases on behalf of the government and on behalf of the accused. He intervenes with investigators and prosecutors at the SEC to try to resolve the case favorably. We try to avert a criminal indictment, major fines and a public scandal, but if the prosecution goes forward with charges, we are prepared to go to trial if necessary.

Texas Defense Lawyers for International Bribery Investigations

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is often misapplied, ascribing unfair competition motives or bribery to normal and necessary costs of doing business in foreign markets. We have the background and skill to change the government's mind about bringing FCPA charges, or to minimize the adverse consequences.

We urge you to get legal counsel at the first hint of federal inquiry. Call 713-600-1800 to arrange a confidential consultation.