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Thursday, 08 June 2017

CBI contacts Switzerland and Singapore over Embraer probe

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will send judicial requests to Switzerland and Singapore for information concerning aircraft manufacturer Embraer’s alleged bribery, according to the India Times.

Embraer reached a US$205 million bribery settlement with US and Brazilian authorities in 2016.

The CBI reportedly received court permission to send Letters Rogatory to Switzerland and Singapore for information on investigations there. According to the India Times’ sources, Swiss and Singaporean companies may have been used to move bribe money to India.

CBI has already received documents from the US probe.

Nigeria pays out US$1 million to 20 whistleblowers

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Finance has paid US$1 million to 20 whistleblowers that helped the country recover US$36.8 million siphoned off through corruption, according to reports.

The US$1 million award is divided evenly among the whistleblowers.

Nigeria’s minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, reportedly said in a statement on 8 June that the payment is the first under the country’s whistleblower policy, which was launched in December 2016.


FBME sticks with same counsel in appeal against FinCEN ruling

Tanzania-based bank FBME has filed an appellant brief for its appeal against a US district court ruling in favour of FinCEN’s decision to block the bank from conducting business with US financial institutions.

FBME is alleged to have maintained accounts for a drug trafficking network and to have facilitated transactions for Lebanese militant group and political party Hezbollah.

The bank filed a notice of appeal in the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, on 17 April

The company has retained Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partners Derek Shaffer and William Burck, and Hogan Lovells partners Peter Spivack and J Evans Rice.

Perkins Coie internal investigation uncovers catalogue of misbehaviour at Uber

An investigation by Perkins Coie into allegations of problematic behaviour at Uber has so far revealed more than 200 reports of sexual harassment, bullying and bias, with 57 cases still open, according to Recode.

Bobbie Wilson, partner at Perkins Coie in San Francisco, reportedly said the firm was pursuing a “dogged” investigation and had reviewed 600,000 internal documents.

A separate, wider investigation by Covington & Burling into Uber’s corporate culture is set to be published next week.

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