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Eversheds comment: Semantics could be the key to BHP bribery probe

  • United Kingdom

    13-03-2013

    Commenting on news that mining firm BHP Billiton is co-operating with a probe into possible violations of corruption laws during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Andrew Legg, partner at global law firm Eversheds, says:

    "High value sponsorship arrangements of this kind are typically subject to very careful scrutiny with detailed protocols being developed to ensure that only appropriate guests are invited to events and that invites are issued in such a way as to minimise any possible risk of infringing anti-corruption laws. From both a US and UK perspective, particular care is required when approaching individuals who are considered to be foreign public officials. In China, this is a real concern as officers of state owned enterprises are generally considered to fall into this category."

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