Anticorruption and Compliance

The Anti-Corruption and Compliance practice of VILLAR® aims to develop preventive strategies on compliance with regulations, aimed at adapting the policies and procedures of clients to the current regulatory framework, avoiding violations and as a consequence, sanctions or possible commission of crimes. The Firm offers advice on Mexican anti-corruption regulations and their civil, administrative and criminal implications, as well as on international anti-corruption regulations such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) of the United States of America, the UK Bribery Act, among others.

With the entry into force of the General Law of Administrative Responsibilities, which establishes sanctions for the commission of serious administrative offenses by individuals, the area within the Firm has grown considerably, acquiring an important position.

It also advises on the design, implementation and evaluation of corporate compliance models oriented to the particular objectives of each client; on the selection and training of personnel in charge of corporate governance and regulatory compliance programs; on audits and their legal implications in mergers, acquisitions, commercial agreements, as well as on internal procedures and investigation of distributors, agents and service providers; on the preparation of manuals, codes of ethics, policies and others; in the registration of contracts relating to products subject to regulation and advice regarding promotion and product liability; on compliance with administrative regulations (including Mexican Official Standards) and on administrative procedures, inspections, litigation and negotiation of resolutions, including sanctions, closures, immobilizations and seizure of products; on money laundering prevention regulations and their civil, administrative and criminal implications, including design, implementation and evaluation of internal procedures and legal training for management teams and internal personnel.

The team has experience in structuring and implementing strategies for national and international compliance with best practices, including legal or due diligence audits of potential suppliers and other third parties, including, among others, the review of the list published by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury Department and the list of taxpayers with non-existent operations, provided for in Article 69-B of the Federal Tax Code.

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