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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Enforcement Report for Q1 ’13

It was a quiet start to the year, with just one stealth enforcement action by the SEC that didn’t mentioned the FCPA by name, and none by the DOJ.

So the feds’ go-slow enforcement trend continues.… Continue Reading

Nabors wins declination

Oil services firm Nabors Industries Ltd. said Wednesday the DOJ won’t bring an FCPA enforcement action after an investigation first launched more than five years ago.

Nabors was a customer of Panalpina but not among the seven companies that settled FCPA cases on the same day in November 2010.… Continue Reading

2012: The year in declinations

Graphic reprinted with permission of Miller & Chevalier CharteredFCPA declinations — decisions not to prosecute a company after an investigation — are hard to track.

Generally the DOJ and SEC don’t reveal anything about declinations.… Continue Reading

SEC declination for Nabors

Oil services firm Nabors Industries Ltd. was a customer of Panalpina but not among the six that settled FCPA cases on the same historic day in November 2010.

Panalpina, a Swiss-based logistics firm, admitted paying bribes to help customers move their drill rigs and other equipment in and out of Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Nigeria, among others.… Continue Reading

Tidewater’s Cool Deal

Tidewater Inc., one of about a dozen oil-and-gas-services companies dragged into FCPA compliance problems a few years ago by Swiss logistics giant Panalpina, said in its latest annual report that it expects a settlement soon with the SEC and possibly the DOJ.… Continue Reading

Aibel Pleads Guilty

Aibel Group Ltd. of the United Kingdom pleaded guilty yesterday to violating the antibribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and failing to comply with the terms of its prior deferred prosecution agreement.… Continue Reading

Panalpina Quits Nigeria

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.… Continue Reading

Will Nigeria Hit The Boiling Point?

The online edition of Nigeria’s Business Day newspaper carried a story on November 19, 2007 that’s noteworthy. It’s about how corrupt multinationals are undermining the country’s economy. The story can be found here.… Continue Reading

Nigerian Problems Trigger Another FCPA Investigation

The Houston Chronicle reports that Nabors Industries is conducting an internal investigation in response to a federal investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The article says,

The Justice Department is investigating alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations by oil-service companies that used Panalpina [a Swiss based freight forwarder] and other brokers in Nigeria and other parts of the world, the company said.

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