White-collar criminal lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up for the introduction of a new U.K. Bribery Act, which looks set to generate significant work for teams throughout the U.S. when it comes into force next year.

Although the act is primarily designed to tighten the U.K.’s regulatory framework — the first change to the country’s bribery laws in more than a century — its broad jurisdictional reach means that the majority of U.S. public companies are likely to be affected by what experts have described as the world’s most draconian anti-corruption legislation.

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