Richard Bistrong

Richard Bistrong, CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC

Former FCPA Violator and FBI/UK Cooperator; Anti-Bribery Consultant; Writer & Speaker

Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive in the defense sector and currently consults, writes and speaks on foreign bribery and compliance issues from that front-line perspective. Richard’s experience included his role as the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded manufacturer of police and military equipment, which required his residing and working in the UK. For well over 10 years, Richard traveled overseas in his sales responsibility for approximately 250 days per year.

In 2007, Richard was targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice in part due to an investigation of a UN supply contract and was terminated by his employer. In that same year, as part of a cooperation agreement with the DOJ and subsequent Immunity from Prosecution in the United Kingdom, Richard assisted the United States, Great Britain and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA, bribery and other export violations occurred and operated in international sales. Richard’s cooperation, which spanned three years of covert cooperation and two years of trial preparation and testimony, was one of the longest in a white-collar criminal investigation. In 2012, Richard was sentenced as part of his own plea agreement, and served fourteen-and-a-half months at a federal prison camp. Richard was released in December of 2013.

Richard now consults, writes and speaks about current front-line anti-bribery compliance and ethics issues. Richard shares his experience on anti-corruption and ethical challenges from the field of international business, reflecting on his own perspective and practice as a former sales executive and law enforcement cooperator. Richard currently consults with organizations through his company, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, and welcomes the opportunity to exchange and share perspectives on real-world anti-bribery and compliance challenges.  Richard has shared his experience, via keynotes and panels, with the OECD, World Bank and International Anti-Corruption Academy, as well as major multinationals and leading academic institutions.

Richard can be reached via his website  or email [email protected] and he frequently tweets on #FCPA & #compliance via @richardbistrong.  Abstracts on his consulting practice can be found on his website. Richard is also a Contributing Editor to the FCPA Blog at

Deterrence: You Had Me at “Being Caught”

The threat of being caught red-handed is persuasion enough for some to steer clear of schemes involving bribery and corruption. Others remain convinced either that they won't be found out or that bribery is a victimless crime. It can be easy to rationalize this conduct in the moment, but it's much harder to live with the consequences if your actions come to...

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Tackling the “Corruption Epidemic”

As with a viral or bacterial outbreak, the best response to bribery-related offenses might be isolation -- but that can prove quite challenging. Richard Bistrong and John Bray warn against a limited reaction, however. If companies are serious about combating bribery and corruption, they've got to nip them in the bud with sweeping action. And we've got a long way to go...

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Third Parties and the Red Flags You Don’t See

The on-boarding process for new third parties represents both the biggest opportunity for risk and the greatest opportunity for improving due diligence. Corrupt agents will make whatever agreements it takes to win business, regardless of their true intentions. Just as troubling is the web of lies these organizations can weave. We've got to beware!

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