In the prior post I talked about enforcement efforts that lagged in the Netherlands but are now gaining more traction. This post will cover recent amendments to the Dutch Criminal Code that are helping authorities prosecute overseas bribery, and Dutch civil remedies used to fight graft.… Continue Reading
First the good news. The Netherlands ranked fifth on the latest Corruption Perceptions Index, up from eighth last year, and now trailing only Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and New Zealand on the CPI.… Continue Reading
Telecoms company VimpelCom said in an earnings release Wednesday that it has discussed terms of prospective settlements with the SEC, DOJ, and Dutch prosecutors and would would acknowledge “certain violations” of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dutch laws and pay fines and disgorgements to settle the offenses.… Continue Reading
Accountants should provide reasonable assurance that the books and records of their clients accurately reflect the reality and that the internal accounting controls of their clients meet certain standards. There have been a number of cases in recent years where non-compliant behavior of issuers was egregious but accountants weren’t charged.… Continue Reading
German police have raided the offices of a joint venture between EADS and ThyssenKrupp during an investigation of overseas corruption.
The joint venture — Atlas Elektronik — and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics are suspected of paying bribes in Greece in connection with the sale of submarine equipment, the state prosecutor’ office in Bremen said Saturday.… Continue Reading