Anti-corruption regulation—Singapore—Q&A guide
Anti-corruption regulation—Singapore—Q&A guide

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Anti-corruption regulation—Singapore—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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This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to anti-corruption regulation in Singapore published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: January 2021).

Authors: Norton Rose Fulbright—Ian Cheong; Jeremy Lua; Wilson Ang

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

Singapore became a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Corruption on 11 November 2005 (ratified on 6 November 2009) and to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime on 13 December 2000 (ratified on 28 August 2007).

Singapore has been a member of the Financial Action Task Force since 1992, was one of the founding members of the Asia-Pacific Group on Money-Laundering in 1997, and was admitted as a member of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units in 2002. Singapore is also a member of the Asia Development Bank's and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's joint Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific, which it endorsed on 30 December 2001.

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).

The primary Singapore statutes prohibiting bribery are the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) (Cap 241, 1993 Rev Ed) and the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed).

Sections 5 and 6 of the PCA prohibit bribery in general. Section 5 makes

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