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Eversheds comment: Bribery case serves as warning for businesses to act ethically in Africa

  • United Kingdom

    24-10-2013

    Following news that British printing company Smith & Ouzman is facing charges of corruption related to contracts for the supply of ballot papers in African elections, Andrew Legg, partner at global law firm Eversheds, comments:

    “Africa is a continent which provides many business opportunities, but those who seek to exploit those opportunities must do so in accordance with applicable laws. Although relating to a period prior to the UK Bribery Act coming into force, as the inward flow of investment into Africa increases, this case will send a timely reminder of the need for those who do business there to act ethically or else run the risk of prosecution if they do not. With the UK Bribery Act and the statutory offences it introduced, this prosecution risk has been significantly increased, particularly for those who adopt corrupt practices in the course of their business operations.”

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