The DOJ unsealed an indictment Wednesday charging the former chief executive officer of Braskem S.A. with helping his company and Odebrecht S.A. amass a giant slush fund and use it to bribe officials and political parties in Brazil.… Continue Reading
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced Wednesday the six-year debarment of more than 20 subsidiaries of Odebrecht S.A. for bribing public officials in connection with two IDB-financed projects.
The IDB said the debarred Odebrecht units are CNO S.A.… Continue Reading
The World Bank Tuesday debarred Brazil-based engineering and construction company Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A. for three years for “fraudulent and collusive practices” during a project in Colombia.
Also debarred were Odebrecht construction subsidiaries based in Colombia, Chile, Panama, Peru, Barbados, Angola, the United States, Luxembourg, Austria, and the Cayman Islands.… Continue Reading
A witness in the Odebrecht corruption case in Colombia died this month at his home near Bogota of what appeared to be a heart attack. Three days later his son died from cyanide poisoning.
The father, Jorge Enrique Pizano, was an auditor for the Ruta del Sol II road project in Colombia.… Continue Reading
Leniency programs (a.k.a. amnesty programs and deferred prosecution agreements) have so far proven the most successful and effective enforcement strategy tool, leading to its widespread adoption worldwide.
At the same time, the business community and competition authorities increasingly face a number of critical challenges to ensuring the continued incentivization and effectiveness of leniency programs.… Continue Reading
Operation Lava Jato (Car Wash), one of the largest anti-corruption cases in the world, has been toiling away over the past four years, bringing corrupt politicians and executives in Brazil to justice.… Continue Reading
On May 9 the DOJ announced a new policy concerning the coordination of penalties imposed by more than one regulator or law enforcement authority in corporate resolutions.
This new policy (pdf) against “piling on” requires DOJ attorneys to “coordinate with one another to avoid the unnecessary imposition of duplicative fines, penalties, and/or forfeiture against [a] company,” and further instructs DOJ personnel to “endeavor, as appropriate, to .… Continue Reading
Construction firms have been at the center of many enforcement actions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including some of the biggest FCPA cases ever. Why is the construction industry so vulnerable, and how can companies protect themselves and their employees?… Continue Reading
There is often discussion of the costs of bribery and corruption. Yet one question not often considered is the state of company after it goes through a corruption enforcement action.
The name Odebrecht is well known in the anti-bribery/anti-corruption world for having the world’s second largest corruption fine ($2.7 billion) in the United States, Brazil and Switzerland.… Continue Reading
For over a year, Brazilian federal police could not access the files on Marcelo Odebrecht’s notebook computer. They tried using the password from Marcelo’s cell phones, with no luck.
Even Marcelo himself could not access the computer, as his password had been generated by two different electronic tokens that change combination with each access, and he no longer had the tokens following his arrest.… Continue Reading
In 2017, Brazil played a big role in global anti-corruption enforcement. During the year, the largest leniency agreement in Brazil’s history was signed, and the second largest was ratified by the Brazilian courts.… Continue Reading