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Resolving Foreign Bribery Cases with Non-Trial Resolutions

Settlements and Non-Trial Agreements by Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention

Non-trial resolutions, often referred to as settlements, have been the predominant means of enforcing foreign bribery and other related offences since the entry into force of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention 20 years ago. The last decade has seen a steady increase in the use of coordinated multi-jurisdictional non-trial resolutions, which have, to date, permitted the highest global amount of combined financial penalties in foreign bribery cases. This study is the first cross-country examination of the different types of resolutions that can be used to resolve foreign bribery cases.

Published on March 10, 2019

Key findings

In Anti-Bribery Convention countries, non-trial resolutions have been used in 78% of the foreign bribery concluded to date.
95% of the USD 14.9 billion collected from sanctions to date came from non-trial resolutions.
A total of 68 resolution systems across 27 countries are documented in the Study.