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When a company violates the complex rules governing its interactions with government officials, it faces not only criminal or civil penalties but also potential business losses and headline and reputational risks. Despite these significant risks, acquirers sometimes overlook political law issues when conducting due diligence on a target company. Government contractors, target companies with PACs, government affairs departments or outside lobbyists, and companies operating in regulated industries such as financial services, insurance, utilities, and gaming companies are particularly vulnerable to political law risks.
Zachary G. Parks, Of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, is a member of the firm's Election & Political Law group. In addition to frequently leading political law due diligence for investment firms and companies, he also routinely advises corporations and corporate executives on instituting political law compliance programs and conducts compliance training for senior corporate executives and lobbyists.
The One-Hour Briefing will cover:
- How to identify previously undetected pay-to-play violations by the target
- Campaign finance compliance red flags
- Steps for evaluating the target's compliance with lobbying laws
- Warning signs for potential violations of government gift and ethics rules
Program Level: Overview
Intended Audience: In-house counsel, outside attorneys, board members, corporate officers, and other professionals responsible for conducting due diligence or responding to due diligence requests in the mergers and acquisitions context
Prerequisites: A familiarization with the corporate mergers and acquisitions process
Advanced Preparation: None