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We are pleased to announce that the newly revised and updated edition of 5 Essential Elements of Corporate Compliance and A Short Guide to 5 Essential Elements of Corporate Compliance are now available.

Although enforcement guidelines around the world vary in length, tone, language, and specificity, virtually all touch upon a set of core themes, which Baker McKenzie has distilled into five essential elements: leadership, risk assessment, standards and controls, training and communication, and oversight. These five elements serve as foundational, best-practice principles for the way we counsel our clients in the area of corporate compliance with respect to the design, development, implementation, and enhancement of compliance programs. Importantly, they also represent a tested framework for the effective defense of corporate programs before authorities around the world.

Our 2018 edition of the publication provides fresh expert insight on effectively managing corporate compliance efforts in today’s evolving regulatory and enforcement environments. The pages are filled with practical insight, intuitively divided by the five elements, for all companies with extended enterprises–both domestic and multinational–seeking to deter, detect, prevent, and, when necessary, remediate illegal practices or other misconduct. The publication also addresses a wide array of related risk management considerations, from effective culture and governance to active program awareness and adherence.

While the 5 Essential Elements of Corporate Compliance spotlights the area of anti-corruption compliance and surveys key jurisdictions with notably active or burgeoning legal and enforcement systems, its content cuts across compliance subject areas and national boundaries by integrating best practice guidance from a variety of influential global regulators and international organizations.


John Cunningham is a partner of Baker McKenzie’s North America Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice Group. Previously, he was a senior trial attorney with the US Department of Justice, where he investigated and prosecuted criminal and employment law matters. Before his tenure with the Justice Department, he practiced white collar criminal defense at a firm in Washington, DC, focusing on money laundering, counterfeiting, espionage, and asset forfeiture cases. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald B. Lee in the Eastern District of Virginia and worked as an investigative analyst for the criminal division of the FBI. With the FBI, he prepared fraud, money laundering, and forfeiture matters for consideration by the Department of Justice and received formal commendations from the FBI, Justice Department, and IRS. He was editor-in-chief of the University of Richmond Law Review.


Crystal Jezierski is a partner in the Compliance & Investigations practice group in Baker McKenzie´s Washington, DC office. She has 18 years of experience, including high-level government positions having served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the US Department of Justice and as Chief Counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. In these roles she provided strategic advice to top Justice Department officials and leading US Congress members on federal law enforcement priorities, congressional oversight of the Justice Department and other federal law enforcement agencies, and congressional investigations