In the prior post I talked about enforcement efforts that lagged in the Netherlands but are now gaining more traction. This post will cover recent amendments to the Dutch Criminal Code that are helping authorities prosecute overseas bribery, and Dutch civil remedies used to fight graft.
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Telecoms company VimpelCom said in an earnings release Wednesday that it has discussed terms of prospective settlements with the SEC, DOJ, and Dutch prosecutors and would would acknowledge "certain violations" of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dutch laws and pay fines and disgorgements to settle the offenses.
Brazil's state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) is close to finishing an investigation into whether some of its officials accepted bribes from SBM Offshore NV, a service-boat supplier based in the Netherlands.
Accountants should provide reasonable assurance that the books and records of their clients accurately reflect the reality and that the internal accounting controls of their clients meet certain standards. There have been a number of cases in recent years where non-compliant behavior of issuers was egregious but accountants weren't charged.
German police have raided the offices of a joint venture between EADS and ThyssenKrupp during an investigation of overseas corruption.