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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Additional charge brought in FCPA obstruction case

The man accused of trying to bribe a witness in an FCPA investigation of a mining company has been hit with a further charge of conspiracy. According to court documents, Frederic Cilins, from France, has been accused of conspiring with an unnamed person to obstruct an investigation of an unnamed mining company, which has been accused of paying bribes to win contracts in Guinea. The latest development was filed in an indictment last week.

Deutsche Bank settles Brazilian embezzlement charges

Deutsche Bank has paid US$20 million in Brazil to settle charges over its alleged role in embezzlement by public officials in the 1990s. Former São Paulo mayor Paulo Maluf is alleged to have been at the centre of the embezzlement scheme but has denied any wrongdoing. Outrage over continued and widespread corruption in Brazilian society sparked a wave of protests across the country in June 2013. Soon after, the Senate finally passed the long-delayed Brazilian anti-corruption bill.

New Brazil law leaves questions unanswered

Brazil’s anti-corruption law – expensive and ineffective?

SNC Lavalin hires new compliance chief

Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin has hired David Wilkins as its new chief compliance officer amid a number of ongoing bribery investigations. Wilkins previously worked as the director of ethics and compliance at Dow Chemical. SNC-Lavalin is connected to a string of bribery investigations, including cases in Canada and Switzerland. In January, two former SNC-Lavalin executives were charged in Canada with allegedly bribing a foreign official in relation to the company’s operations in Libya.

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