Anti-corruption regulation—Italy—Q&A guide

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  • Anti-corruption regulation—Italy—Q&A guide
  • 1. To which international anti-corruption conventions is your country a signatory?
  • 2. Identify and describe your national laws and regulations prohibiting bribery of foreign public officials (foreign bribery laws) and domestic public officials (domestic bribery laws).
  • 3. Can a successor entity be held liable for violations of foreign and domestic bribery laws by the target entity that occurred prior to the merger or acquisition?
  • 4. Is there civil and criminal enforcement of your country’s foreign and domestic bribery laws?
  • 5. Can enforcement matters involving foreign or domestic bribery be resolved through plea agreements, settlement agreements, prosecutorial discretion or similar means without a trial? Is there a mechanism for companies to disclose violations of domestic and foreign bribery laws in exchange for lesser penalties?
  • 6. Describe the elements of the law prohibiting bribery of a foreign public official.
  • 7. How does your law define a foreign public official, and does that definition include employees of state-owned or state-controlled companies?
  • 8. To what extent do your anti-bribery laws restrict providing foreign officials with gifts, travel expenses, meals or entertainment?
  • 9. Do the laws and regulations permit facilitating or ‘grease’ payments to foreign officials?
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Anti-corruption regulation—Italy—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to anti-corruption regulation in Italy published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: October 2020).

Authors: Studio Legale Pisano—Roberto Pisano

1. To which international anti-corruption conventions is your country a signatory?

Italy is a signatory to the following European and international conventions related to anti-corruption.

European Union

The Convention on the Fight against Corruption Involving Officials of the European Community or Officials of the member states of the European Union, Brussels, 26 May 1997 (ratified by Law No. 300/2000, entered into force on 26 October 2000) (EU Convention).

Council of Europe

The Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, Strasbourg, 27 January 1999 (ratified by Law No. 110/2012, entered into force on 27 July 2012).

The Civil Law Convention on Corruption, Strasbourg, 4 November 1999 (ratified by Law No. 112/2012, entered into force on 28 July 2012).

International

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, Paris, 17 December 1997 (ratified by Law No. 300/2000, entered into force on 26 October 2000) (OECD Convention).

The UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, New York, 15 November 2000 (ratified by Law No. 146/2006, entered into force on 12 April 2006).

The UN Convention against Corruption (the UNCAC), New York, 31 October 2003 (ratified by Law No. 116/2009, entered into force

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