For just the second time in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s 39-year history, a company was charged with FCPA offenses based solely on a charitable contribution that was intended to buy the influence of a foreign official.… Continue Reading
Last month Amsterdam-based VimpelCom Limited and its wholly owned Uzbek subsidiary, Unitel LLC, paid U.S. penalties of $397.6 million to resolve FCPA offenses.
In its enforcement action, the SEC said that at least $114 million in bribe payments were funneled through an entity affiliated with an Uzbek official, and approximately a half-million dollars in bribes were disguised as charitable donations made to charities directly affiliated with the Uzbek official. … Continue Reading
In a speech Tuesday at CBI’s Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress in Washington D.C., the head of the SEC’s enforcement division, Andrew Ceresney, left, talked about the most common ways pharmas violate the FCPA.… Continue Reading
No good deed goes unpunished, or so the saying goes. That sure came true for Schering-Plough a few years ago. From February 1999 to March 2002, the New Jersey-based maker of Afrin, Claritin, Coricidin and Cipro, among other leading drugs, violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through overseas charitable giving.… Continue Reading