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USMCA Updated; Mixed Reactions

Latinvex

11 Dec 2019

Ruti Smithline, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense group and Latin America Desk, spoke to Latinvex about the anti-corruption measures included in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Ruti said that the fate of previously introduced anti-corruption measures remains uncertain. “The featured provisions, located in Chapter 27, would require the United States, Mexico, and Canada to adopt or maintain anti-corruption measures to prevent and fight bribery and corruption in trade and international investment in an effort to build integrity within both the public and private sectors,” she said. “This chapter could ultimately have the greatest impact on Mexico, which has some of the highest levels of perceived corruption in Latin America and has been criticized for not rigorously enforcing its own existing anti-corruption laws.”

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