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Thomas Fox
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Bill Waite
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Eric Carlson
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Hunt is on for Africa’s looted wealth

The world keeps shrinking for Africa’s kleptocrats.

Senegal’s new government has launched an unusual joint investigation with France into several key figures from the former government.

It reportedly filed a complaint with a Paris court to investigate the origins of assets held in France by an undisclosed list of high-profile figures associated with the former Senegalese government.… Continue Reading

Tesler trial in France adjourned for a year

This just in from ‘French-fcpablog-addict,’ our correspondent in Paris:

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I am just going out from the Paris Court and the judges decided to order a disjunction / separation of the file about Jeffrey Tesler because it is a fundamental right to let people be present in order to defend themselves.… Continue Reading

Tesler goes on trial in Paris

Here’s a note from a correspondent in France:

Dear FCPA Blog,

You probably have already noticed through ethiXbase that today [November 19] begins the French trial of Jeffrey Tesler.

Tesler’s lawyers will ask to postpone the trial because he is currently in jail in the United States and would like to be at the hearing.

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Total SA heads for the top ten

French oil giant Total SA said in its third quarter results it has reserved $398 million for an FCPA settlement with the DOJ and SEC.

U.S. enforcement agencies have been investigating Total’s operations in Iran since 2003.… Continue Reading

From France, the enforcement news isn’t all bad

Antique engraving of Palais de Justice, Paris, France. Published in Systematische Bilder-Gallerie, Karlsruhe und Freiburg (1839). Courtesy of iStockThe extra-territorial reach of the FCPA and its impact are perhaps no better evidenced than by the colossal fines paid by Siemens in 2008.… Continue Reading

Safran Fined For Nigeria Bribes

French defense and security firm Safran was fined €500,000 last week by a court in Paris for bribing government officials in Nigeria.

Reuters reported that an investigating magistrate ‘found that the bribes had helped Safran win a €170 million contract to make more than 70 million identity cards.’… Continue Reading