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With MTS in the new Top Ten, just one U.S. company remains

Russian telecom MTS joined our Top Ten list last week at number three. It knocked Och-Ziff off the list, and that means nine of the ten biggest FCPA cases of all time now involve non-U.S. companies.

The only U.S. company still among the top ten is KBR / Halliburton with its $579 million resolution in 2009.

MTS settled FCPA violations in Uzbekistan by agreeing to pay the DOJ and SEC a total of $850 million in penalties. Unlike most of the mega-resolutions since 2016 — including Petrobras, Telia, VimpelCom, SocGen, and Keppel Offshore — none of MTS’ penalties are payable to non-U.S. enforcement agencies.

MTS — formally known as Mobile TeleSystems Public Joint Stock Company — will pay the SEC a penalty of $100 million for civil violations of the anti-bribery, books and records, and internal accounting controls provisions of the FCPA.

On the criminal side with the DOJ, MTS will pay a fine and forfeiture totaling $850 million. To avoid piling on, the DOJ said it will give MTS full credit for the $100 million SEC penalty, so MTS’ full liability for the FCPA resolution is $850 million.

MTS is the first Russian company to appear on the FCPA Blog Top Ten list.

This is the third time the Top Ten list involves nine non-U.S. companies. The first time was in late 2011 and it happened again in late 2013.

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Here are the current top ten FCPA enforcement actions of all time based on penalties and disgorgement assessed in the U.S. enforcement documents.*

1. Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (Brazil): $1.78 billion in 2018.

2. Telia Company AB (Sweden): $965 million in 2017.

3. MTS (Russia): $850 million in 2019.

4.  Siemens (Germany): $800 million in 2008.

5.  VimpelCom (Holland): $795 million in 2016.

6. Alstom (France): $772 million in 2014.

7. Société Générale S.A. (France): $585 million in 2018.

8.  KBR / Halliburton (United States): $579 million in 2009.

9.  Teva Pharmaceutical (Israel): $519 million in 2016.

10. Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.(Singapore): $422 million in 2017.

Falling off the Top Ten list is Och-Ziff (United States) with its $412 million resolution in 2016.

* Odebrecht / Braskem appeared on the Top Ten list in late 2016 but were removed in April 2017 after the DOJ reduced their overall penalties based on “ability to pay.”

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