When Chris Leslie took the general counsel job at Hitachi Data Systems in 2004, he was coming off of an 11-year stint in various senior legal positions with Sun Microsystems. The global compliance program at that company had been top-notch, Leslie said, “particularly around anti-bribery.”

He quickly found, though, that his new company’s training in that realm was “spotty” at best. On a trip to the IT services and data-storage company’s Asia Pacific branch, he received his most jarring wake-up call when his questions about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) were mostly met with “blank stares.”