Sapin II: Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption in France

October 3rd, 2018

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At the end of 2016 France overhauled its anti-corruption enforcement with passage of the Law on Transparency, the Fight against Corruption and Modernization of Economic Life — more commonly known as Sapin II.

Sapin II requires French companies, and global corporations operating in France, to develop or enhance existing anti-bribery programs to meet the expectations of the Agence Française Anticorruption (AFA), a new anti-corruption agency created to administer the law.

Sapin II also gives the AFA and other French law enforcement agencies tools to enforce the law, such as deferred-prosecution agreements, corporate monitors, and threat of monetary penalties.

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