You can’t make this stuff up:
The Siemens (institutionalized corporate-level international bribery–ed.) case, which was announced in December 2008, resulted in the largest corporate fine ever paid, $1.6 billion to authorities in the U.S and Germany. The investigation struck terror in the hearts of business executives in the U.S and Europe who came to realize that they faced both the prospect of huge criminal and civil fines and that they might also go to jail if it could be shown their employees or agents engaged in overseas bribery.
Yet, as traumatic as such cases are for private companies, defending against them have become enormous profit centers for lawyers and accountants.
The legal fees for the Siemens defense alone, handled by Debevoise & Plimpton L.L.P., based in New York, were in the hundreds of millions.