From the previous questions and objections, it’s easy to see how difficult an investigation for anyone involved is. It’s an appeal to change the way business has been conducted for potentially many, many years. It’s also a painful realisation that the law gets you either way, whether you call the payments what they are, bribes, or whether you find names that ensure that those processing the payments won’t ask too many questions. And it’s edging closer towards uncomfortable headline news.
The idea that ‘internal quirks’ – maybe a different sign-off procedure for payments that would raise questions – might one day appear on the front page of newspapers might seem inconceivable. But bear in mind that authorities might see an investigation of a smaller company as a way of getting to a larger company that happens to be little one’s customer.
An increased exchange of information by prosecutors – through OECD working group meetings, an increased pressure on states to produce convictions against companies and individuals as a way of showing their efforts against corruption – are factors that suggest an increase in investigations. See a list of top ten payments to US authorities.
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See an illustration of a corrupt business relationship here.