I’m not defending what Novartis did or trying to find an excuse for the company. It violated the FCPA, and (along with a former subsidiary) paid nearly $347 million in penalties and disgorgement to resolve the offenses.… Continue Reading
The World Bank debarred a South Korean engineering and construction company Wednesday for thirteen months for fraud involving a project in Vanuatu.… Continue Reading
During the second calendar quarter — amid the Covid-19 lockdown — there were two corporate FCPA enforcement actions. For comparison, during the second calendar quarter last year, there were three corporate FCPA enforcement actions, and during Q2 2018, there were five corporate FCPA enforcement actions.… Continue Reading
Pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG and two subsidiaries (one current and one former) agreed Thursday to pay the DOJ and SEC $346.7 million in penalties and disgorgement to resolve FCPA offenses in Greece, Vietnam, and South Korea.… Continue Reading
One of the world’s biggest shipbuilders agreed Friday to pay $75 million in total penalties to resolve criminal FCPA offenses in Brazil.… Continue Reading
Barclays PLC paid the SEC $6.3 million Friday to settle FCPA offenses related to the hiring of relatives of public officials in Asia.
The British bank disgorged $3.8 million and paid a $1.5 million penalty to the SEC, plus pre-judgment interest of $984,000.… Continue Reading
When trying to determine how to allocate compliance resources across Asian markets, the more developed and mature markets such as Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Thailand are often given only residual attention because they are deemed fairly easy places to operate in.… Continue Reading
United Technologies Corporation agreed Wednesday to pay the SEC $13.9 million to resolve charges that it violated the FCPA by making illicit payments in its elevator and aircraft engine businesses.
United Technologies subsidiary Otis Elevator Co.… Continue Reading
The Justice Department said Monday it won’t prosecute a UK engineering firm for possible FCPA and money-laundering violations.
The UK Serious Fraud Office charged two former employees of an instrument and monitoring company over corrupt payments to South Korean officials.
Dr. Cansun Guralp, founder of Güralp Systems Limited, and Andrew Bell, managing director, conspired to make corrupt payments to a public official and employee of the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), the SFO said Friday.… Continue Reading
The Paris 2024 Summer Olympics present an historic opportunity for the Olympic Movement, the French compliance industry, and the global anti-corruption effort. In a brief two-year span — 2016 to 2017 — three extraordinary events converged:
• The International Olympic Committee formalized a new policy of contractually obligating host cities and their Olympic organizations to adopt anti-corruption and human rights compliance;
• At the same time, France was enacting its landmark anti-corruption compliance law, Sapin II, and a corporate human rights obligation, the Duty of Vigilance Law, heralding a new era for France’s compliance industry; and
• The IOC selected Paris to host the 2024 Games, inviting France to set the standard for Olympic corruption and human rights compliance.… Continue Reading
After two hours of driving through undeveloped Korean countryside, the image upon arriving at the Olympic skiing venues is quite startling: the surrounding ridges are dotted with technologically advanced, energy-generating windmills.… Continue Reading