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Money from Chinese investor was a “loan,” ex-Guinean minister told FBI

Money from Chinese investor was a “loan,” ex-Guinean minister told FBI

April 28, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

In an effort to clinch its case against Mahmoud Thiam, the US Department of Justice on 27 April played video excerpts from the former Guinean mining official’s post-arrest interview with two FBI special agents.

SFO announces next Unaoil-linked investigation

SFO announces next Unaoil-linked investigation

April 28, 2017, GIR

The SFO has opened an investigation into whether US engineering company KBR’s UK subsidiary committed bribery offences, in a probe linked to the agency’s Unaoil inquiry.

GIR Live London – in pictures

GIR Live London – in pictures

April 28, 2017, GIR

An impression of GIR’s third annual GIR Live London, held on 27 April.

Acting US Treasury secretary joins Sullivan & Cromwell

Acting US Treasury secretary joins Sullivan & Cromwell

April 28, 2017, GIR

A former OFAC director and interim undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the US Treasury has joined Sullivan & Cromwell in Washington, DC.

Paul Hastings nabs DLA Piper’s head of tax investigations

Paul Hastings nabs DLA Piper’s head of tax investigations

April 28, 2017, GIR

DLA Piper’s outgoing head of taxation investigations, Simon Airey, said that firms may have to find new ways to make investigations more efficient as competition in the market is on the rise.

FCPA Docket: Cosan, Novartis and a UN bribery case update

FCPA Docket: Cosan, Novartis and a UN bribery case update

April 28, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

In today’s news round-up, a New York judge rejects Chinese businessman Ng Lap Seng’s request to throw out his bribery case, Brazilian food company Cosan probes potential improper payments connected to a recent acquisition, and South Korea fines Novartis for corruption.

GIR Live: Corporate DPAs throw spotlight on prosecutions of individuals

GIR Live: Corporate DPAs throw spotlight on prosecutions of individuals

April 27, 2017, GIR

UK deferred prosecution agreements could put individuals’ rights to a fair trial at risk, investigations lawyers said at GIR’s third annual conference in London.

Milford: cooperation means more than “going through the motions”

Milford: cooperation means more than “going through the motions”

April 27, 2017, GIR

SFO general counsel Alun Milford said that lawyers would be wrong to assume that DPAs will be offered to companies that only passively cooperate with agency investigations.

Defence moves to distance ex-Guinean minister from suspect Chinese investment deal

Defence moves to distance ex-Guinean minister from suspect Chinese investment deal

April 27, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

Witness testimony in the trial of Mahmoud Thiam, a former Guinean mining official accused of laundering bribes, culminated on 26 April in diverging narratives of an allegedly corrupt deal struck by the West African country with Chinese investors.

Amnesty would end ‘continuing struggle’ over disclosure, ex-FCPA prosecutor says

Amnesty would end ‘continuing struggle’ over disclosure, ex-FCPA prosecutor says

April 26, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

King & Spalding partner Jason Jones is calling for an FCPA amnesty programme similar to the antitrust division’s leniency programme.