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Posts Tagged: Alba

Former Alba Chief Charged In London

An Australian executive who once served as CEO of state-owned Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (“Alba”) was charged on Wednesday in the U.K. with taking bribes.

Bruce Allan Hall, left, appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court.… Continue Reading

Did Dahdaleh Choose A U.K. Arrest?

Did Alcoa’s former super-agent Victor Dahdaleh, left, engineer his own arrest in London last week  to avoid indictment and prosecution in the United States?

We don’t know the answer. But there are plenty of reasons why the sixty-three old billionaire might have done that.… Continue Reading

Alcoa Agent Arrested In U.K.

The Serious Fraud Office on Monday said Victor Dahdaleh, Alcoa’s former agent for sales to Bahrain, was arrested in London and charged with corruption.

Dahdaleh, 63, a dual citizen of Britain and Canada who lives in Belgravia, London, is alleged to have bribed officials of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.… Continue Reading

The Alba Files

Checking on loose ends is a year-end thing around here. Falling into that category is the two-year old civil suit against Alcoa by Aluminium Bahrain BSC. Alba, as it’s known, is majority-owned by the government of Bahrain.… Continue Reading

Feds Seek Sojitz Stay

The Justice Department has intervened for the second time in civil suits brought by Aluminium Bahrain BSC — known as Alba — against its raw material suppliers and brokers. Last week, the DOJ asked for a stay in Alba’s suit against Japanese trading company Sojitz Corp.… Continue Reading

Bribery Allegations Against Sojitz

Aluminium Bahrain BSC — known as Alba — has filed a $31 million civil suit in federal court in Houston against Japanese trading company Sojitz Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary, Sojitz Corporation of America.… Continue Reading

Another Alba-Related Investigation

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday (here) that the Justice Department is “investigating payments that Bahraini prosecutors allege were made by units of Japanese commodities-trading giant Sojitz Group to employees of an aluminum producer in Bahrain.”… Continue Reading

Around The Horn

He wasn’t kidding. Last week’s record-setting indictment under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of six individuals from one company highlights the Justice Department’s strategy to target people, not just companies. In September last year, Mark Mendelsohn — the DOJ official responsible for FCPA criminal prosecutions — told an audience: The number of individual prosecutions has risen – and that’s not an accident.Continue Reading

The Unnamed Party

Last February, Aluminum Bahrain BSC, or Alba for short, made big headlines by filing an explosive federal lawsuit against Alcoa. Bahrain-owned Alba accused its long-time U.S. supplier of overcharging for raw materials during a 15-year period, and using some of the money to bribe Alba’s executives for more contracts.… Continue Reading

He’s Got The FCPA Blues

Reuters’ Matt Daily said it best:

A year ago, Alcoa Inc brought Siemens Chief Executive Klaus Kleinfeld across the Atlantic to take the helm of the U.S. aluminum giant.

This week, his baggage arrived.

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Readers’ Choice

Based on total page views, here are the top five posts from the FCPA Blog so far in 2008:

1. Feeling the Heat Overseas, June 9, 2008

Foreign companies can’t be blamed for wondering if they’re being singled out under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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