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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Execs see Africa opportunities, but risks too

FCPA Blog-sponsor AlixPartners teamed with Dentons to survey multinational companies about their current and future business objectives in Africa.

The survey aimed to better understand whether companies perceived Africa to be an attractive investment destination, given the continent’s legacy of corruption and political instability.… Continue Reading

China Corruption Blotter (April 19, 2013)

Liu Yuxin, former deputy director of Construction Market Supervision Department of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, received a 12-year sentence and had $48,330 in personal assets confiscated. Prosecutors said Liu solicited $463,968 in bribes from more than ten contractors, including Beijing Field Road Municipal Engineering Group Co.,… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Nova Datacom

Country: United States

Company Involved: Nova Datacom LLC

Industry: Industrials

Industry Subsector: Defense

Officials Involved: Kerry F. Khan and Michael A. Alexander, former program managers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Enforcement Action: Trial

Summary: Nova Datacom and its former president Min Jung Cho pleaded guilty to involvement in what the FBI is calling the largest domestic bribery and bid-rigging scheme in the history of federal contracting cases.… Continue Reading

‘Great Leap Liu’ Lawyers Up

An investigation spanning more than two years culminated last week in official corruption charges against former railways minister Liu Zhijun (pictured).
 
During Liu’s eight-year tenure, he presided over the fast-paced development of China’s high-speed railway system.… Continue Reading

Enforcement is back (if it ever left)

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Did someone say FCPA enforcement had slowed down? Look again.

Already this month there have been settled enforcement actions involving Philips, Parker Drilling, and Ariel Sharef of Siemens, new charges unsealed against four former BizJet execs with two guilty pleas, and two Alstom execs with one guilty plea, and obstruction charges in a grand jury FCPA investigation.… Continue Reading

Job: Attorney

Job Title: Attorney

Company: Microsoft

Location: Redmond, WA

Job Scope: The OLC Program Team is seeking a compliance attorney for the following functions and responsibilities: Reporting & Analysis: The successful candidate must be an excellent writer who can conceive and produce insightful and impactful reporting and analysis of compliance activities and data to relevant stakeholders and related compliance materials.… Continue Reading

Sharef of Siemens settles with SEC

Uriel Sharef, a former officer and board member of Siemens AG, settled civil FCPA charges with the SEC Tuesday.

He agreed to pay a $275,000 civil penalty, the second highest penalty assessed against an individual in an FCPA case, the SEC said.… Continue Reading

Two Alstom execs charged, one pleads guilty

The United States unsealed criminal charges Tuesday against one current and one former executive of French power company Alstom’s U.S. unit for an Indonesia bribery scheme.

Frederic Pierucci, 45, a French citizen and current Alstom executive in charge of sales, was charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in the District of Connecticut, where Alstom’s U.S.… Continue Reading

Parker Drilling in $15.85 million settlement

Houston-based Parker Drilling Company resolved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges Tuesday for bribes paid to Nigerian officials through an agent to circumvent customs and tax laws.

Parker agreed to pay the DOJ a criminal penalty of $11.76 million.… Continue Reading