Last week’s $1.06 billion blockbuster resolution by Sweden’s Ericsson included disgorgement to the SEC of $540 million. By our count that’s the second biggest disgorgement ever ordered in an FCPA enforcement action.… Continue Reading
A federal judge in Brooklyn dismissed the SEC’s civil suit against two former executives of fund manager Och-Ziff Capital Management Group that accused them of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by orchestrating massive bribes across Africa.… Continue Reading
Legg Mason Inc., a Maryland-based investment management firm, settled FCPA violations in Libya caused by its partner Société Générale S.A., by agreeing Monday to pay $64.2 million in penalties and disgorgement.… Continue Reading
In the first coordinated enforcement action by the DOJ and French authorities in an overseas corruption case, a Paris-based bank agreed Monday to settle charges that it paid over $90 million in bribes to officials in Libya during the Qaddafi regime.… Continue Reading
Fund manager Legg Mason, Inc. said Wednesday it expects a settlement soon of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into a unit that managed money for the Libyan government.
The investigation concerns Permal Group’s Libya deals from 2005 to 2007.… Continue Reading
A former hedge fund highflier charged last year with civil FCPA violations is now indicted for defrauding a big charitable foundation by hiding his conflicts of interest in a multi-million dollar investment deal.… Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, I read about an “exasperated federal judge” at the sentencing of Samuel Mebiame, the 43-year-old son of the former prime minister of Gabon, who was an intermediary for Och-Ziff. … Continue Reading
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled 9-0 to limit the Securities and Exchange Commission’s legal authority to recover ill-gotten profits from defendants.
The Supreme Court in Kokesh v. SEC said the SEC’s use of the remedy known as disgorgement is subject to a five-year statute of limitations.… Continue Reading
An oil and gas or mining company can avoid all kinds of reputational and legal challenges by swearing off deals with certain corruption warning signs. This month’s developments in an evolving scandal might have Royal Dutch Shell wishing it had done so.… Continue Reading