Saudi Arabia changed its law this week to remove the statute of limitations for anti-corruption investigations into current and former ministers of the world’s largest petroleum exporter. … 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
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated opinion in Kokesh v. SEC Monday, unanimously holding that the SEC’s use of disgorgement operates as a penalty under federal law and is therefore not freed from the five-year statute of limitations.… Continue Reading
One of the world’s biggest gold miners said in a securities filing this week that the SEC won’t recommend an FCPA enforcement action against the company.
Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corporation said it received a declination letter from the SEC “in late February 2017.”… Continue Reading
Two former executives of Magyar Telekom who were headed for trial this month against the SEC agreed instead Monday to pay penalties and accept officer-and-director bars to settle FCPA violations.
Magyar Telekom’s former CEO Elek Straub will pay a $250,000 penalty.… Continue Reading
A former executive of Hungary-based Magyar Telekom settled five-year- old civil allegations that he violated the FCPA.
Tamas Morvai agreed last week to pay the SEC a $60,000 penalty without admitting or denying the charges.… Continue Reading
The Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday charged U.K.-based pharma AstraZeneca PLC with violating the books and records and internal controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when wholly-owned subsidiaries in China and Russia made illegal payments to boost drug sales.… Continue Reading
In 2005, former president Bill Clinton traveled to Kazakhstan to meet with its leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Clinton flew to Almaty with the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra on Giustra’s private jet, the New York Times reported Thursday.… Continue Reading
This is the final post in my series analyzing IKEA’s charitable contributions in Russia in the 1990s and early 2000s. I haven’t presumed IKEA was subject to the FCPA when the events happened or that any FCPA violations might have occurred.… Continue Reading
A former and a current executive of Noble Corporation settled with the SEC without paying any penalties, according to a stipulation filed with the federal district court in Houston Wednesday.
Mark Jackson, Noble’s former CEO, and William Ruehlen, head of the company’s Nigeria unit, were charged in February 2012 with bribing officials in Nigeria in exchange for illegal import permits for drilling rigs.… Continue Reading
The Wall Street Journal’s Joel Schectman reported Monday that the SEC is dropping allegations that former executives of the Hungarian unit of Deutsche Telekom bribed officials in Montenegro.
Former Magyar Telekom CEO Elek Straub and two former senior executives, Andras Balogh and Tamas Morval, were accused of bribing Montenegrin officials in 2005 when Magyar gained a controlling interest in privatized Telekom Crne Gore A.D.… Continue Reading
Last week, in the case Gabelli v. SEC, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the Securities and Exchange Commission, when seeking a penalty or fine in connection with a civil enforcement action, must file the action within five years of the completion of the alleged fraud or wrongful conduct.… Continue Reading