Former FCPA Enforcer Sees Looming Fights (Wall Street Journal)

Mar 17, 2011. For nearly six years, as the Justice Department’s enforcer of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act outlawing overseas corporate bribery, Mark Mendelsohn had the rapt attention of the multinational corporate world.

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Attorney Mark Mendelsohn discusses how he expects battles to be waged against corporate corruption.

Mr. Mendelsohn, the former deputy chief of the fraud section, presided over an across-the-board crackdown on corporate corruption abroad, levying record-breaking fines and prosecuting executives for bribery. As a result, companies world-wide began spending millions of dollars on compliance programs to make sure they took precautions against workers bribing foreign officials.

In an interview, Mr. Mendelsohn, 43 years old, who left the Justice Department last year and is now a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, discusses how the Justice Department’s application of the notoriously gray FCPA law will play out under new leadership and shares his predictions for how an increasingly global fight against corruption will be waged. Edited excerpts:

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