Here's proof the era of global enforcement is upon us
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:18AM
Richard L. Cassin in GlaxoSmithKline, International Tubular Services, KPMG, Kongsberg Gruppen, MAN AG, Mark Reilly, Rheinmetall AG, SNC-Lavalin, SSBM Offshore NV, Yara International

Let's go straight to some news from beyond America's shores during the past year.

SBM Offshore paid $240 million to Dutch authorities to settle allegations that it bribed government officials in Angola, Brazil, and Equatorial Guinea.

An oil and gas services firm based in Scotland, International Tubular Services, was fined £170,000 ($267,000) by the Scotland's prosecution service. The company admitted that a former Kazakhstan-based employee paid bribes there to win work.

German auto parts maker and defense contractor Rheinmetall AG said a subsidiary agreed to pay a fine of €37 million ($46 million) to resolve a criminal investigation of alleged bribes in connection with arms sales in Greece. The case was brought by the senior prosecutor in the German city of Bremen.

Norway's Yara International was fined $48 million by Norwegian authorities for paying $12 million in bribes between 2004 and 2009. The world's biggest fertiliser firm admitted bribing senior government officials in Russia, India, and Libya, including an oil minister of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

In the Netherlands, KPMG reached a €7 million ($7.9 million) settlement with Dutch authorities. KPMG allegedly helped their client, Dutch construction company Ballast Nedam, disguise suspicious payments.

(Ballast Nedam itself settled with Dutch authorities in 2012 for €17.5 million ($20 million) for suspicious payments to foreign agents in order to obtain business in Saudi Arabia.)

Norway's anti-corruption agency filed criminal charges against defense and technology firm Kongsberg Gruppen. The charges related to deliveries of communication equipment to Romania from 1999 to 2008, the company said.

German truck and diesel engine maker MAN AG said it paid €250 million ($344 million) in fines and penalties and investigation costs for a bribery scandal.

Just last week, Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin said the company and two subsidiaries were charged with criminal corruption and fraud for bribes in Libya.

And last year in China, a court fined UK pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline $490 million following a conviction for bribery.

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That's a sampling of anti-corruption enforcement actions against companies outside the United States during the past year.

Coming up: Global enforcement also targets individuals.


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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