Companies often find it desirable to engage distributors or sale representatives in foreign countries. You should be aware that many countries have laws that protect distributors and/or sales representatives from termination without specifically defined cause, or from other conduct that the country feels to be overreaching. All such arrangements should be in writing, and you should seek legal advice before entering into any distributorship or sales representation agreement, especially one that has minimum inventory requirements, broad or no-cause termination rights, and restrictions on where and how your products can be sold. You also need to be aware of the provisions of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA prohibits the payment by U.S. companies and their employees and agents of “anything of value” to foreign governmental or political officials for the purpose or goal of achieving an unfair commercial advantage. In some countries such payments may be expected as a matter of course; nonetheless, if made by a U.S. company they may violate the FCPA and result in fines and other criminal penalties. Certain countries have passed laws aimed at boycotting and isolating Israel. These provisions may be included in the fine print of purchase orders or order acknowledgment forms, standard terms of sale or purchase, or written or electronic communications. U.S. companies and individuals are subject to penalties if they aid or assist in the implementation of this boycott. Be aware that seemingly innocent activities, such as identifying your suppliers, may constitute aid to an unsanctioned boycott. If you have received requests to comply with or otherwise aid an unsanctioned boycott you must file a report with the Office of Antiboycott Compliance of the Department of Commerce.