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The first goal of our Risk Management team is to keep our clients out of trouble. Frequently, this will start with a targeted risk assessment, and the compliance measures that typically flow from such a risk assessment often have much in common across different jurisdictions and areas of law. Significant efficiencies can be derived from adopting a common approach, tailored as necessary to the circumstances.

We have extensive experience in implementing global compliance programmes. Common elements of such programmes in areas such as anti-bribery and corruption, competition law, customs, sanctions and export controls typically address the following:

  • Commitment from senior management and a clearly articulated compliance policy
  • Code of conduct and compliance policies and procedures
  • Oversight, autonomy and resources
  • Risk assessment, including scrutiny of relationships with competitors, suppliers, customers, and third party intermediaries
    such as consultants, representatives and agents
  • Training and continuing advice
  • Incentives and disciplinary measures
  • Due diligence/monitoring
  • Confidential reporting and internal investigation
  • Continuous improvement: periodic testing and review
  • Mergers and acquisitions: due diligence and integration

We have developed a number of tools designed to assist our clients in identifying and prioritising key areas of risk, and to adopt bespoke strategies for managing and mitigating those risks.

For example, in order to assist our clients in identifying and prioritising those legal areas in which the United Kingdom’s pending departure from the European Union is likely to have the greatest implications for their business, Mayer Brown has developed BRIMA, an interactive Brexit Impact Assessment tool.

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