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Leverage the value of connected compliance to your competitive advantage

In the autumn of 2017, we spoke with more than 500 UK multinationals about their attitudes to compliance. This year, for the second edition of Connected Compliance we have expanded our research internationally, gathering data from 800 business leaders across the US, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, China, Spain and Germany.

We explored the connectivity of teams globally and we examined where regional and cultural differences are affecting attitudes to compliance.  This new tranche of the Connected Compliance initiative looks specifically at:

  • The transition from a policy to an ethics-based approach;
  • The dangers of acquiring a problem or non-compliant behavior during the M&A process;
  • The interconnectivity of supply chain relationships.

Once again, we found that a ‘connected’ approach – where organizations work in a collaborative, agile, strategic and effective manner – offered the greatest return to the wider business, with growing companies leveraging compliance to their competitive advantage.

But despite clear commercial incentives to integrate compliance, organisations are consistently struggling to connect across their businesses, regardless of jurisdiction, while also struggling to connect across borders. In fact, only one in five companies manage compliance in a broadly integrated way. In this year’s report, we look at the global data, noting the successes and pitfalls in each critical dimension of compliance capability. We also explore where regional differences exist and what companies in one jurisdiction can learn from their international neighbours.


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Country factsheets

We have also created a series of country-specific factsheets analysing the key findings from our survey across 7 jurisdictions.

Brazil Canada China/Hong Kong
Germany Spain United Kingdom
United States



Joanna Ludlam is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team in Baker McKenzie's London office, where she leads the market-leading Regulatory, Public & Media law team and also co-leads the office's Compliance & Investigations Practice Group. At an international level, she co-chairs the Firm's Global Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee. In 2016, Joanna was named as one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” for her practice, and is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.


Widge Devaney is a partner in the Firm's North America Litigation group in New York, Chair of the North American Government Enforcement Practice and Co-Chair of the Global Compliance and Investigations Group. Since 2011, Mr. Devaney has been listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers in the Criminal Defense: White Collar category. Mr. Devaney is co-chair of the ABA's Transnational Crime Subcommittee, and an officer of the IBA's Business Crime Committee. He previously served on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York, representing indigent clients in federal criminal matters. Mr. Devaney served as law clerk to the Honorable Oliver Gasch on the US District Court for the District of Columbia from 1993 to 1994.