PRACTICE AREA

Anticorruption and Compliance

Central America has been classified as a high-risk region when it comes to public sector corruption. According to the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index of 2018, Costa Rica is the only country in the region that obtained an above-average score compared to all the countries around the world- giving us some insight about the region; At Guardia Montes & Asociados, we advise on all aspects of anti-corruption law and compliance. Our team provides legal counsel to national and multinational companies to guarantee their compliance with the domestic and international laws and treaties on anti-corruption issues-precisely with regards to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Our attorneys at Alaris use a dual approach when they evaluate what our clients may need in this area: a preventive approach to help our clients avoid possible contingencies, and a defensive approach to minimize the impact of a contingency that may have appeared.

Our skills include a broad variety of services such as:

Conducting due diligence on M&A targets and intermediaries.
• Designing, implementing, or improving compliance programs.
• Conducting anti-corruption training.
• Identifying company-specific risks related to bribery, fraud, and corruption, and implementing solutions to mitigate those risks in numerous jurisdictions.
• Directing civil litigations that are often part of anticorruption investigations.
• Leading internal investigations.
• Monitoring compliance with anti-corruption laws and government agreements.
• Counseling clients on anti-corruption issues related to strategic alliances and joint ventures involving international businesses and sales operations.
• Negotiating with government enforcement authorities.
• Handling post-resolution compliance responsibilities.

At Guardia Montes & Asociados, we will give you the best legal counsel to minimize any potential damage resulting from government investigations, sanctions, prosecutions and/or reputational damages. We are ready to assist you.