Entertainment, Gifts & Favours: Recognizing and Dealing with Corruption in International Business


Laidley Centre Business Ethics event Franca Ciambella
Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Bronfman 360 

A Canadian company posts you abroad. Your overseas client invites you to visit her family’s ocean-front villa. Is it ok for you to go?

This workshop will teach you how to recognize corruption in international business. It will introduce you to relevant legislation, and it will also discuss what strategies businesses can adopt to prevent these problems. Topics covered will include:

  • Why is corruption an issue? Why does it matter for international business?
  • How to tell what laws will apply to you. Introducing OECD Treaty, Canadian legislation, US FCPA and UK legislation (as most common for Canadian business). What about local law?
  • What is commonly prohibited? What are the penalties? What are the exceptions?
  • Some actual cases and trends
  • How do values and cultural norms come into play?
  • What to do if you may have breached?
  • What are some preventive steps businesses can take?

About Franca Ciambella

Franca Ciambella is a highly qualified lawyer, mediator and advisor with an excellent business background and acumen, and a solid track record operating at top levels in large global firms and multinational organizations. Franca has a degree in business from McGill University, and law degrees from New York University, National University of Singapore and Universite d’Ottawa. She has practised law for over 30 years in international business, corporate compliance, M & A, contracts, and dispute resolution. In her role as Tyco International Ltd.’s (a Fortune 500 US company) General Counsel for Asia, she had responsibility for 257 entities in Asia, and oversaw compliance of boards, Sarbanes Oxley requirements, as well as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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