In addition to criminal and civil penalties, companies and individuals who violate the FCPA may face collateral consequences, including:

  • suspension or debarment from contracting with the federal government;
  • cross-debarment by multilateral development banks;
  • the suspension or revocation of certain import/export privileges; and
  • loss of US import/export licenses.

In the UK and EU, if a company is found guilty of an offense under either Sections 1 or 6 of the Bribery Act 2010 (bribery of another person or of a foreign official, respectively), the company can face mandatory debarment from the procurement of public works, supply, and service contracts.1  Generally, a company is debarred from contracting with government bodies within the EU if it has been convicted of corruption.  If a company is found guilty under Section 7 (failure of commercial organizations to prevent bribery), it can face a discretionary debarment from contracting with government bodies, both in the UK and the wider EU.2  In either case, a company may provide evidence of its reliability notwithstanding the existence of grounds for debarment, known as “self-cleaning,” so that it will not be excluded from bidding under the UK regulations.3


1 Directive 2004/18/EC, art. 57(1)(b); Section 57(1)(d) of the Public Contracts Regulation. 

2 Directive 2004/18/EC, art. 57(4)(c); Section 57(8)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulation. 

3 Directive 2004/18/EC, art. 57(6); Section 57(13)-(17) of the Public Contracts Regulation.  


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