In January of this year, Colombia became the fortieth signatory to the Anti-Bribery Convention of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  See Press Release, OECD, Colombia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention (Nov. 11, 2012).  The OECD Convention was established fifteen years ago as a multilateral attempt to fight bribery of foreign public officials.  The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), enacted in 1977, provided a source for core legal principles that were later made part of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.  The Convention requires signatory countries to establish laws prohibiting bribery of foreign public officials, and to permit periodic reviews by the OECD of the effectiveness of the signatory countries’ laws in this area.  The Convention also provides a forum for communication and cooperation amongst the signatories.  As the number of signatories to the convention has increased over time, so have the possibilities for successful multinational cooperation in investigations and enforcement.  Thus, while the U.S. undoubtedly will remain the leader in enforcement in this area for the foreseeable future, the entry of additional countries to the Convention is important not only because it means that more countries have agreed to prosecute foreign bribery, but also because signatory countries are more likely to provide information and other assistance to U.S. enforcement authorities in their pursuit of FCPA prosecutions.