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.
Research recently published shows which Latin American countries have been proactive and which have lagged behind in tackling corruption tied to Odebrecht after the company resolved a foreign bribery scandal in 2016.
Brazilian practitioners have said that Luiz Antônio Bonat, who will replace Sérgio Moro as the new judge in charge of Operation Car Wash, will be just as tough as his predecessor, but more discreet.
Brazilian lawyers hope that anti-corruption reform proposals supported by the country’s incoming justice minister will be approved by Congress three years after similar measures floated by prosecutors were blocked.
Officials from Brazil’s AGU and CGU reassured lawyers at a conference on 18 October that they are working hard to improve cooperation and coordination between authorities to provide companies with clarity on what to expect after self-reporting.
As multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional investigations into an alleged medical devices cartel in Brazil continue to ensnare international medical device companies, including Philips Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson and Orthofix, GIR talks to the lead prosecutor to find out more about the probes.
News of the hire comes shortly after the CGU published what local lawyers say is a helpful guide on how the agency will evaluate company compliance programmes.
Petrobras and Brazilian federal prosecutors have announced a first-of-a-kind $682 million agreement for the creation of a special fund for social and educational programmes in the country, as the company draws a line under bribery investigations locally and in the US.
Dutch oil services company SBM Offshore has agreed a $48 million settlement with Brazilian prosecutors to resolve legacy bribery allegations in the country, two years after a prosecutorial body struck down a first deal.
SBM Offshore has entered into a leniency agreement worth nearly $300 million with the CGU, AGU, and Petrobras two years after a similar deal with Brazilian authorities was struck down.
Companies under investigation by Brazil’s AGU and CGU can now gauge the cost of resolving the probes, after the two agencies published guidelines for leniency agreement negotiations.