Why has the FCPA Prospered

Buchheit, Lee C., Reisner, Ralph | January 1, 1997

The international reaction to the Helms-Burton Act has been fierce.7 But even while the Helms-Burton debate has been raging, an earlier iece of U.S. legislation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA or Act), has garnered unexpected flattery from some of the same countries that have been so vigorous in denouncing the Helms-Burton Act. There are two pos- sible explanations for these different reactions.