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Designing and Implementing Compliance Programs in Turkey

ACC Europe welcomed more than 25 in-house counsel to its event in Istanbul, Turkey. "With recent corruption and bribery investigations, and international fines imposed on Siemens, Delta & Pine Land Company, York International Corporation, among other companies, compliance is becoming a growing concern among in-house lawyers in Turkey," said Legal Affairs Director Duygu Kirca Limnili of Kordsa Global A.S. and ACC Europe Country Representative in Turkey.

Speaker Gonenc Gurkaynak, managing partner and head of the Regulatory and Compliance Department of ELIG Attorneys at Law, highlighted the need for companies to develop, implement and enforce effective compliance programs to conform to the requirements of the Turkish anti-corruption laws, the OECD Convention, the UK Bribery Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He discussed how to design and implement a business-specific program to provide a maximum level of protection for local companies, as well as companies with UK or US affiliations. Fellow in-house counsel exchanged ideas on how to assess corruption risk, and shared examples of effective control mechanisms, as well as preventive and reactive measures to mitigate the risks.

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