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DOJ probing seismic device companies over payments to South Korean researcher

DOJ probing seismic device companies over payments to South Korean researcher

May 26, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

A previously unreported FCPA investigation into the business dealings in South Korea of two seismic device companies has yielded money laundering charges against an employee of the country’s state-sponsored geology institute.

Arab Bank continues to litigate a terrorist financing case it has already settled

Arab Bank continues to litigate a terrorist financing case it has already settled

May 26, 2017, GIR

Arab Bank’s lawyers claim that payments it processed to Hamas can’t be tied to specific terrorist attacks, despite already settling with a 527-person group of victims and their estates.

SEC bars ex-PetroTiger GC who testified at FCPA trial

SEC bars ex-PetroTiger GC who testified at FCPA trial

May 26, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended ex-PetroTiger general counsel Gregory Weisman, who testified against his old boss during a foreign bribery trial, from practising before the agency because of his FCPA conviction.

BNP Paribas fined $350m over long-term forex rigging

BNP Paribas fined $350m over long-term forex rigging

May 26, 2017, GIR

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has fined French bank BNP Paribas for the “nearly unfettered misconduct” of more than a dozen traders.

Standard Chartered legal head returns to private practice

Standard Chartered legal head returns to private practice

May 26, 2017, GIR

Juan Azel, who played a key role in advising Standard Chartered on enforcement action brought by the DFS, Federal Reserve and DOJ, speaks to GIR upon joining Hunton & Williams.

DOJ compliance counsel frank on social media

DOJ compliance counsel frank on social media

May 25, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

The DOJ fraud section's compliance counsel, Hui Chen, has been publishing forthright social media posts, and her views have been gaining attention.

Steel company investigating alleged "illicit payment"

Steel company investigating alleged "illicit payment"

May 25, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

Brazilian steel producer Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) has said it’s in the final stages of investigating corruption allegations reported in local press in April.

SFO rejects findings of Petrofac’s internal investigation

SFO rejects findings of Petrofac’s internal investigation

May 25, 2017, GIR

The SFO says oil services company Petrofac has failed to cooperate with the agency, despite handing over the findings of an internal investigation undertaken by Freshfields and KPMG.

Kroll rehires financial investigations practitioner from Navigant

Kroll rehires financial investigations practitioner from Navigant

May 25, 2017, GIR

A forensic accountant who advised Sweett Group, the first company convicted under the UK Bribery Act, has rejoined Kroll after 18 years at rival consultancies.

Criminal division deputy hails significance of UK secondment as foreign bribery cooperation grows

Criminal division deputy hails significance of UK secondment as foreign bribery cooperation grows

May 24, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

The secondment, which includes a one-year stint at the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and a one-year stint at the Serious Fraud Office, will go to a current member of the Justice Department’s foreign bribery unit, according to two people familiar with the matter.