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
The DOJ unsealed charges Thursday against an Uzbek telecom exec and the daughter of the former Uzbek president for their roles in an $866 million bribery and money laundering scheme.
The UK Serious Fraud Office said Wednesday it is trying to recover assets bought with money connected to corrupt deals in Uzbekistan.
“The claim concerns a number of assets, including three UK properties, which the SFO alleges were obtained using the proceeds of corrupt deals in Uzbekistan involving Gulnara Karimova and Rustam Madumarov,” the SFO said. … Continue Reading
During most interviews, I’m asked this question or something like it: More companies than ever have compliance programs. Yet huge scandals keep making headlines. What gives?
To be fair, there’s plenty of evidence that compliance has failed: Volkswagen cheated on diesel emissions tests.… Continue Reading
Last week police in Malaysia arrested former prime minister Najib Razak after seizing $273 million of loot from his houses and condos.
Prosecutors think Najib and his wife bought the loot with money stolen from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB.… Continue Reading
Michaela Ahlberg created a compliance program from scratch when she was hired in 2013 by Swedish telecommunications firm Telia following allegations of corruption in its foreign business dealings.… Continue Reading
I worked during four years in Telia Company as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, leading the Ethics and Compliance (E&C) work up to the DPA in September 2017.
I was brought onboard in 2013 to ensure change, restore trust and to establish an E&C function with a credible anti-bribery corruption program as the company was going through a reputational, legal and ethical crisis with allegations of corruption in its business in Uzbekistan.… Continue Reading
I recently spoke with David M. Stuart, one of the attorneys who represented Telia Company AB, a Sweden-based telecommunications provider that settled violations in September for a grand total of $965 million in financial sanctions.… Continue Reading