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Investigator's Guide to Brazil

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Investigator's Guide to Brazil

GIR travelled to São Paulo in November for some local knowledge on investigations. From our conversations with Brazilian lawyers and prosecutors, we bring you the 2017 Investigator’s Guide to Brazil.

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CGU launches probe into officials allegedly bribed with football tickets

The CGU in Brazil has opened an investigation into dozens of public officials accused of accepting bribes in relation to high-profile football tournaments.

CGU boosts international profile amid MPF controversy

With its active enforcement and untarnished reputation, Brazil’s CGU may now be the first port of call for foreign authorities investigating Brazilian companies.

Brazil signs second Operation Car Wash leniency agreement in a week

Brazil’s CGU and AGU have agreed an almost 2 billion reais settlement with construction company OAS to resolve bribery allegations tied to the sprawling Operation Car Wash investigation.

Brazil rules in favour of double jeopardy principle

Brazil’s highest court has ruled to block a money laundering case against a defendant who was convicted in Switzerland for the same crime.

FBI wants new unit for Brazilian evidence requests

The FBI’s Brazilian office has asked the US Department of Justice for extra resources to handle requests for information from local authorities, according to a senior official.

Brazil approves distribution of Petrobras bribery settlement

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ratified an agreement that sees the proceeds of a bribery penalty handed to state-controlled oil company Petrobras put towards extinguishing Amazon wildfires.

New Operation Car Wash probe focuses on ex-Braskem CEO

Brazilian prosecutors are targeting the former chief executive of petrochemical company Braskem as part of a new phase of the sweeping Operation Car Wash corruption investigation.

Brazil’s Securities and Exchange Commission expected to ramp up enforcement

Brazil’s financial markets authority will soon be able to levy larger fines and enter into leniency agreements to resolve investigations.

Vale faces severe penalties over deadliest disaster in Brazil’s history

An investigation into Brazil’s largest iron producer over a dam collapse that caused over 200 deaths could see the company face far tougher penalties than those caught up in Operation Car Wash.

Brazilian prosecutors decry Supreme Court ruling as judge suspends Petrobras settlement

The prosecutors say the ruling could jeopardise all past and current Operation Car Wash cases, including the case against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.