Published on Sep 17, 2012
In April, the New York Times published a page-one story headlined "Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle." Written by Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter David Barstow, the article chronicled a campaign of pay-offs by Wal-Mart to win market dominance in Mexico, followed by a corporate cover up of the conduct by officials at the highest level of the company. What does such brazen illegality by one of the world's largest and most visible corporations say about business culture generally? And what does it say about the effectiveness — or point — of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws that bar such conduct?
Ask Barstow himself, and hear from other experts, including a lawyer who represents companies in FCPA investigations, at this year's lead-off Milbank Tweed Forum.
Jennifer Arlen '86, Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
David Barstow, Investigative Reporter, The New York Times
Michael Nolan, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Kevin Davis, Vice Dean and Beller Family Professor of Business Law, New York University School of Law
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