The first reports appeared Saturday. They said businesses and individuals in some countries are under pressure to donate to Covid-19 relief charities that have close ties to government officials.… Continue Reading
Enforcement actions by U.S. and European enforcement agencies as well as the World Bank have drawn attention to bribery offenses committed by multinational companies in Russia and other former Soviet republics, in particular in Central Asia.… Continue Reading
Big pharma Sanofi agreed Tuesday to pay $25.2 million to resolve charges that it paid bribes across the Middle East and in Kazakhstan to win business.
The SEC said Sanofi violated the FCPA’s books and records and internal accounting controls provisions.… Continue Reading
The DOJ unsealed FCPA charges against five men Tuesday for a bribery plot to help Rolls-Royce win an equipment contract on a gas pipeline from Kazakhstan to China. Four have pleaded guilty and the fifth man is a fugitive.… Continue Reading
Oilfield services firm Petrofac said Thursday it suspended its chief operating officer Marwan Chedid during a corruption investigation.
As noted in my previous post, BOTA has been cited by several major newspapers in recent months as the most successful example that the United States has for accountable, transparent and effective return of recovered corruption assets, and in its final report on the foundation, the World Bank called BOTA “a remarkable achievement.” … Continue Reading
The agreement to start the Foundation emerged in 2007 after more than two years of discussion between the Governments of the United States, Switzerland and Kazakhstan (known as “the Parties”) about the disposition of $84 million, plus interest, that had been frozen in a Swiss account since 1999. … Continue Reading
Oil and gas services firm KBR said in its quarterly report Friday that the DOJ has contacted the company in connection with an investigation of Unaoil.
The Huffington Post/Fairfax Media reported a month ago that Monaco-based Unaoil acted as an intermediary to pay bribes for big international companies, mainly from the oil and gas sector.… Continue Reading
UK oil services firm Petrofac PLC said it launched an investigation into allegations of bribery to win contracts Kazakhstan and the Middle East.
In previous posts I discussed Kazakhstan’s successes and failures in improving its business climate and provided tips to potential U.S. investors about doing business in Kazakhstan in an FCPA-compliant manner.
Here are some final thoughts on this issue.… Continue Reading