Region: Mexico

Former Stericycle VP to plead guilty to FCPA charge

The DOJ accuses Mauricio Baez Gomez, a former senior vice president for the waste management company, of conspiring to pay millions of dollars in bribes to officials in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. He would be the first known individual to plead guilty in the scheme since the company settled with US authorities in early 2022.

16 February 2024

Calavo Growers discloses FCPA probe

The California-based food distributor said it has voluntarily disclosed an internal investigation to the SEC and DOJ into possible FCPA violations in Mexico.

05 February 2024

Mexico

Featured in The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations - Edition 8

During the past few years, there have been several high-profile investigations in Mexico. Investigations must be carried out in an immediate, efficient, exhaustive, professional and impartial manner, free of any prejudice or discrimination, and must explore all possible investigation leads to assess whether a crime was committed, and who committed and participated in the crime.

10 January 2024

Vitol trader’s foreign bribery trial kicks off in Brooklyn

Prosecutors said Javier Aguilar, who is the first defendant to stand trial as part of a vast DOJ probe into commodities trading companies, helped Vitol score more than $500 million in contracts by bribing officials in Ecuador and Mexico.

05 January 2024

DOJ declines to charge US biomedical company for Mexico bribery scheme

The DOJ said Lifecore Biomedical voluntarily self-disclosed the corruption scheme within three months of opening an internal investigation and quickly remediated the misconduct, which occurred as it was acquiring another company.

17 November 2023

Latin America Compliance Enforcement

Featured in The Guide to Compliance - Second Edition

As prevention mechanisms themselves, organisations should be aware of the need to establish very robust compliance programmes, which should incorporate strict compliance in respect of tax and anti-money laundering matters, as well as anti-bribery and anti-corruption features.

12 October 2023

Reuters: Vitol settles with Mexican state energy company over bribery claims

03 October 2023

Mexico Attorney General accuses judges of bias in Odebrecht case

A recent decision to dismiss evidence in the bribery case against the former chief executive of Mexico’s state oil company Pemex has drawn the ire of local prosecutors.

26 September 2023

Brooklyn judge denies another motion to dismiss from Vitol trader

Featured in Investigator's Guide to New York

US District Judge Eric Vitaliano wrote that it is not duplicitous for Brooklyn prosecutors to charge Javier Aguilar with a money laundering conspiracy charge connected to a Mexican bribery scheme at the centre of a separate DOJ case in Texas.

25 September 2023

Non-trial resolutions: an update on our overlooked ally in the Mexican fight against corruption

Featured in Americas Investigations Review 2024

There are many potential benefits of implementing NTRs as a law enforcement tool. Law enforcement agencies experience predictability by establishing clear guidelines on the opportunities for leniency in relation to corporations’ liability. This has promoted companies’ cooperation to work with law enforcement agencies and reach mutually beneficial agreements.

25 August 2023

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