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Effectively managing corporate compliance efforts in today’s regulatory environment–preventing corporate officers and employee from engaging in illegal practices, while also addressing a wide array of other compliance and risk management concerns–presents a major challenge to multinational companies with extended enterprises. Although enforcement guidelines around the world vary in length, tone and language, virtually all touch upon a set of key issues that Baker & McKenzie has boiled down to five essential elements:

  1. leadership,
  2. risk assessment,
  3. standards and controls,
  4. training and communication, and
  5. oversight.

These five elements serve as the organizing principles for the way Baker & McKenzie counsels our clients in the area of corporate compliance. The updated Five Essential Elements of Corporate Compliance provides guidance to companies not only in respect of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, but also regarding other key jurisdictions where multinationals do business. It also incorporates important developments in enforcement and critical notes on guidance from a variety of global regulators. We hope you find this guide helpful and informative. To download a copy of the Five Essential Elements of Corporate Compliance, click here.


Mini vandePol was appointed as the Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Compliance & Investigations Group on 1 September 2014, after successfully completing five years as the Asia Pacific Regional Chair of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group. In this role, she leads a global team of more than 900 compliance and investigations practitioners in Asia Pacific, EMEA, Latin America and North America. Ms. vandePol's work engagements focus on anti-bribery and corruption investigations and risk management and mitigation in China, India and other parts of Asia in a variety of industries. Ms. vandePol and her team are responsible for the Global Overview of Anti-Bribery Laws (2nd Edition 2016) and is the editor of the very popular Global Attorney-Client Privilege Handbook (2nd edition 2014). She has written a number of articles in journals and other publications both in Australia, India and elsewhere in Asia Pacific on topics ranging from corporate compliance investigations and enforcement, fraud risk, international trade and sanctions compliance, and ethical business practices. She is also a highly sought after media spokesperson and has made several appearances in business media in Hong Kong, India, Australia and the US.

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