Investigator's Guide to Brazil

Highlights

SBM can settle Brazil allegations for US$340 million

Brazilian authorities appear to have settled on the sum SBM Offshore must pay to conclude a long-running bribery investigation, but remain divided on the non-financial terms of the agreement.

Brazil's investigations bar 2017

Since the launch of the Clean Companies Act, and the surge of Operation Car Wash, Brazilian firms have struggled to keep up with the demand for high-quality investigative teams. Roger Hamilton-Martin reports

Brazilian leniency deals have evolved but uncertainty remains, say lawyers

A lack of coordination between national authorities continues to pose a hurdle for companies looking to negotiate a leniency deal under Brazil’s Clean Company Act, lawyers said during a GIR event in São Paulo.

GIR Live: Brazilian prosecutor says WhatsApp chat group drove investigation forward

A Brazilian federal prosecutor says informal communications between enforcers around the world led to essential discoveries in the Rio Olympics bribery investigation.

Operation Zealots: not yet Car Wash

Prosecutors in Brasília face a number of challenges that keep Operation Zealots, a bribery and tax fraud investigation, from realising its full potential.

Operation Car Wash has raised the bar in Latin America's fight against corruption, survey finds

The vast majority of Latin American professionals believe the region’s anti-corruption laws are ineffective, but Brazil serves as an example of how this can change, a survey by Miller & Chevalier has found.

Skanska debarred in Brazil for alleged Petrobras-related corruption

Brazil’s main administrative anti-corruption authority has banned Skanska from bidding on government contracts over bribery allegations, but the construction company claims the measure won’t negatively affect it as it does no business in the country.

Operation Car Wash: Are conflicts ahead as lawyers clean up?

Suspects caught up in the ever widening Petrobras corruption investigation have been forced to hire lawyers already heavily involved in the case, raising ethical dilemmas and increasing the likelihood of conflicts.

Brazil’s leniency reforms spark confusion

New rules that sweeten leniency deals for companies in Brazilian corruption cases have caused widespread confusion and disagreement.

Brazil uses SBM Offshore charges to demand cooperation

Brazilian prosecutors have questioned how companies can claim privilege over the contents of internal interviews when lawyers have given interviewees Upjohn warnings.

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