Compliance concerns have forced Swiss logistics giant Panalpina to withdraw completely from the Nigerian domestic market. It said in its 2008 half-yearly report (available here) that it will sell its local operations to a Nigerian group and retain no ownership or operating interest. The exit from Nigeria follows Panalpina’s announcement in September 2007 that it […]
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The Wall Street Journal has reported that Panalpina and its customer Shell may be close to settling FCPA-related charges with the DOJ and SEC.
Global logistics firm Panalpina and six of its oil-and-gas services customers settled FCPA-related charges today with DOJ and SEC.
In its Annual Report and Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2007, Royal Dutch Shell plc includes a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act disclosure. It relates to the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation of Panalpina. Shell says, “In July 2007, Shell’s US subsidiary, Shell Oil, was contacted by the US Department of Justice regarding […]
Swiss logistics giant Panalpina said yesterday it has reserved about $110 million for an expected FCPA settlement with the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission and a seperate antitrust resolution. It said the settlements should happen “in the near future.” The corruption investigation dates back to at least early February 2007. The DOJ noted […]
Panalpina’s cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice appears to be in full swing. For starters, it is exiting the Nigeria logistics and freight forwarding market for all oil and gas services customers, at least a dozen of which have been contacted by the DOJ about Panalpina’s customs clearance practices in Nigeria and other countries. […]
An investment fund that owns about 5% of Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd. filed a federal civil suit last month in Texas against the company, some current and former officers and directors, and its owner before its 2005 IPO in Switzerland. The complaint seeks to recover damages caused by the logistics company’s withdrawal from Nigeria […]
February 6, 2007 — The DOJ reports Vetco’s admission that payments to Nigerian Customs Officials violated the FCPA. The DOJ says, “These corrupt payments were paid through a major international freight forwarding and customs clearance company to employees of the Nigerian Customs Service, and coordinated largely through Vetco Gray Controls Inc.’s offices in Houston. . […]
By most counts, U.S. authorities are now investigating between 50 and 60 companies for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. That’s a record number. How many of them will face enforcement actions is anyone’s guess. But three investigations worth watching have this in common: the targets are industry-leading multinationals headquartered outside the United […]