The first goal of our Risk Management practice 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 & 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 tailored strategies for managing and mitigating those risks.
Mayer Brown’s interactive Brexit Impact Assessment Tool (BRIMA) is helping our clients to articulate the issues their businesses may face once the United Kingdom has left the European Union. The tool allows clients to identify, quantify and prioritise risks and potential implications of Brexit within the context of their business operations and activities. The issues are moving pieces and the tool has the flexibility to enable clients to revise their considerations of risk accordingly.