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Entries in Africa (29)

Monday
Sep282015

Kenya arrests two Chinese construction company executives for bribery 

Two senior managers of the China Roads and Bridge Construction Company were arrested in Kenya for allegedly giving bribes to highway authority officials to cover up the use of overloaded trucks.

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Monday
Jun012015

Survey: Enforcement drives compliance, and whistleblowers rise

AlixPartners recently conducted its annual anticorruption survey which looked at the impact corruption has on corporate and economic growth. In particular, we explored the ways companies are identifying corruption risk and the steps they're taking to deal with the risks.

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Wednesday
Dec172014

Shades of Sony: Kenya arrests 77 China nationals after raid on ‘cybercrime command center’

Kenyan authorities arrested 77 Chinese nationals for allegedly operating a cybercrime command center capable of disrupting the country’s communication and financial systems.

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Wednesday
Nov192014

Corruption and conflict: By the numbers

Last month, the DOJ's Leslie Caldwell, described the fight against corruption as “a necessary enforcement action to protect our own national security interests and the ability of our U.S. companies to compete on a global scale.” These comments not only apply to FCPA enforcement but also highlight the long-recognized notion that corruption can threaten peace and security. Today, the threat posed by corruption to security is especially relevant to Africa and the Middle East.

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Monday
Nov172014

When are aboriginal and tribal leaders ‘foreign officials’ under the FCPA?

One of the ongoing definitional challenges facing compliance professionals worldwide is whether and under what circumstances traditional authorities, such as aboriginal ‘‘band’’ or ‘‘tribal’’ leaders, qualify as ‘‘foreign officials’’ under the FCPA.  These traditional leaders, after all, routinely exercise considerable influence over business matters.

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Wednesday
Aug062014

Creating an African alliance, enforcing our bribery laws 

We've been talking for years here at the FCPA Blog about the dangers of uneven anti-bribery enforcement among capital-exporting nations. I've written about what happens when some capital-exporter enforce a bribery prohibition while some do not; in particular, when the United States enforces and China does not. Not only can it put Chinese companies at a competitive advantage, but it will tend to promote the dominance of Chinese firms, and its government, in some of the more corruption-prone markets, particularly Africa.

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Monday
Apr282014

Vale may sue after Guinea yanks mining licenses

Vale CEO Murilo Ferreira (Image courtesy of Vale)Brazilian miner Vale said it is considering legal options after the government of Guinea announced Friday the official revocation of mining licenses for iron ore concessions held by a joint venture between Vale and BSG Resources.

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Thursday
Mar202014

Hedge fund manager Och-Ziff discloses FCPA probe

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group said in an SEC filing Wednesday the SEC and DOJ are investigating whether it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with an investment from a sovereign wealth fund.

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Monday
Mar102014

Cilins pleads guilty to obstructing bribe investigation

Frederic Cilins, 51, a French citizen, pleaded guilty Monday in the Southern District of New York to obstructing a federal criminal investigation into whether a mining company paid bribes to win mining rights in the Republic of Guinea.

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Wednesday
Feb122014

Surprise! Compliance has growing role in business decisions

A new survey of general counsels and compliance officers found that 30% of companies in North America, Europe, and Asia stopped doing business with a partner because of corruption risks.

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Tuesday
Dec172013

NCR posts investigation update

Image courtesy of NCR CorporationHere's what ATM-maker NCR Corporation said in its SEC filing (Form 8-K) this month about ongoing FCPA and OFAC investigations:

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Monday
Dec162013

Layne Christensen more than doubles FCPA settlement reserve

Kansas-based Layne Christensen Company said last week it has increased its reserve for a potential FCPA settlement from $4.8 million to $10.4 million. That amount, the company said, represents the low end of the range for a possible settlement, which could also reach $16 million.

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