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Entries in Korea (9)

Wednesday
Mar082017

ZTE Corporation pays $892 million for Iran, North Korea sanctions violations

China's ZTE Corporation agreed Tuesday with the DOJ and two other agencies to pay $892 million for knowingly shipping dual-use telecoms equipment to Iran for six years and lying to cover up the trade offenses.

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Tuesday
Feb212017

Sungyong Kang: The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine is a big gun against grand corruption

Korea's newly enacted anti-graft statute called the Kim Youngran law can't be applied retroactively against allegations of grand corruption involving President Park and her confidante and the chaebols (family run conglomerates, such as Samsung and Hyundai). Instead the Special Prosecutor's office will have to use the Criminal Act, and that will be a daunting task.

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Monday
Jan232017

Sungyong Kang: Can Korea ever clean up the Chaebol Republic?

In the midst of Korea's influence-peddling scandal involving President Park, her close associates, and chaebols (family run conglomerates such as Samsung and Hyundai), the country enacted a new anti-corruption law criminalizing graft and solicitation without the need to prove the bribe payer expected anything in return.

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Wednesday
Aug102016

Practice Note: A new look at South Korea's foreign bribery laws

South Korea has adopted the Foreign Bribery Prevention in International Business Transactions Act (FBPA), pursuant to its adherence to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.

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Monday
Apr252016

Novartis: New criminal probe in Korea for using medical journals to pay doctors

Novartis AG said in a securities filing last week that Korean prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into allegations that "Novartis Korea utilized medical journals to provide inappropriate economic benefits to healthcare professionals."

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Tuesday
Mar172015

How much FDI can Belarus expect?

Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus since 1994. (Image courtesy of the Belarus Digest)In a previous post, I shared some personal experiences that cause me to believe Belarus has lower-than-advertised levels of corruption, offering a solid foundation for investment. I should also acknowledge that there's plenty of room for improvement.

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Thursday
Jul172014

Pemex loses appeal in bribe suit against Siemens, SK Engineering

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by Mexico's state-owned oil company that accused Siemens and SK Engineering & Construction of bribing its officials to win refinery refurbishing work.

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Friday
Sep272013

Despite crackdown, Asia firms are slow to comply

Only 40 percent of Asia companies have anti-bribery policies in place, compared with a global average of 81 percent last year.

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Friday
Jul262013

Finally, a thumbs up for IBM settlement 

After a wait of two years, a federal judge Wednesday granted final approval for IBM's settlement with the SEC of civil FCPA charges.

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