Topic: FCPA

GIR’s top stories of 2020

A collection of GIR’s most-read stories as well as the editorial team’s favourite news articles, interviews, and features from 2020.

18 December 2020

New Jersey businessman admits to bribing Korean official

A New Jersey businessman has pleaded guilty to transferring bribes to Australia for the benefit of an official at a state-controlled Korean defence agency.

17 December 2020

Former CFTC enforcement director joins Sullivan & Cromwell

James McDonald, who reshaped the CFTC’s enforcement division, has joined Sullivan & Cromwell as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice.

09 December 2020

DOJ defends FCPA internal controls theory in 1MDB case

Prosecutors said the FCPA's internal accounting controls provision applies more broadly than just in situations where a company uses its own funds to pay bribes.

07 December 2020

US charges litigation lawyer with money laundering, wire fraud

The DOJ unleashed a volley of money laundering and wire fraud charges against a litigation and arbitration lawyer. His defence counsel says the DOJ has got it all wrong.

04 December 2020

Vitol pays $164 million in settlement with US, Brazilian authorities

The energy trader is the first company to enter into a coordinated foreign bribery settlement that includes the CFTC.

03 December 2020

SEC official: High-pressure deals are ultimate test of compliance

Charles Cain, chief of the SEC’s FCPA unit, said that high-pressure deals are the ones that really determine how robust a company’s compliance programme is.

02 December 2020

US court unseals guilty plea in trading bribery case

A former official at Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras admitted to taking bribes from commodity trading companies, according to recently unsealed US court documents.

01 December 2020

Ex-Citgo manager questions DOJ’s instrumentality argument

A foreign bribery case has focused on whether an employee of PDVSA’s US subsidiary is a government official under the FCPA.

25 November 2020

Ex-Goldman Sachs banker attacks DOJ's internal controls theory

A former Goldman Sachs banker charged with foreign bribery in the 1MDB case has said US prosecutors are trying to “radically expand” the definition of the FCPA’s internal accounting controls provision.

23 November 2020

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