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Entries in Och-Ziff (17)


More Och-Ziff fallout: FCPA defendant Michael Cohen indicted for fraud

A former hedge fund highflier charged last year with civil FCPA violations is now indicted for defrauding a big charitable foundation by hiding his conflicts of interest in a multi-million dollar investment deal.

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Richard Bistrong: I wanted to go home, the judge wanted me in jail

A few weeks ago, I read about an “exasperated federal judge” at the sentencing of Samuel Mebiame, the 43-year-old son of the former prime minister of Gabon, who was an intermediary for Och-Ziff. 

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Supreme Court limits SEC disgorgement power

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled 9-0 to limit the Securities and Exchange Commission's legal authority to recover ill-gotten profits from defendants.

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Former Och-Ziff middleman jailed two years

The son of a former Prime Minister of Gabon was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing government officials in Africa.

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Resource Alert: New guidance on corruption red flags in oil, gas and mining deals 

An oil and gas or mining company can avoid all kinds of reputational and legal challenges by swearing off deals with certain corruption warning signs. This month’s developments in an evolving scandal might have Royal Dutch Shell wishing it had done so.

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Och-Ziff middleman pleads guilty to Africa bribes

The son of a former Prime Minister of Gabon pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing government officials in Africa.

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Och-Ziff and Embraer join our Top Ten Disgorgement List

Two recent enforcement actions included disgorgements to the SEC that are among the ten biggest FCPA disgorgments of all time.

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Och-Ziff takes fourth spot on our new Top Ten list

Last week's $412 million enforcement action against Och-Ziff Capital Management Group landed fourth on our list of the ten biggest FCPA cases of all time.

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Och-Ziff settles with SEC, DOJ for $412 million

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group resolved one of the biggest FCPA enforcement actions ever Thursday, agreeing to pay the DOJ and SEC $412 million for criminal and civil violations.

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Here's some open source due diligence on Och Ziff's Africa agent

After reviewing several articles including the recent FCPA Blog post, "Alleged Och Ziff Africa 'fixer' arrested for FCPA offenses," my focus immediately shifted to due diligence procedures. Specifically, I thought about the risk profile of Samuel Mebiame. 

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Richard Bistrong: In defense of, ahem, intermediaries

International success now depends on business leaders having "the foreign policy acumen to distinguish what they can and cannot do,” according to John Chipman, the director-general and chief executive of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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Alison Taylor: Intermediaries are ‘force multipliers’ for prosecutors

A Gabonese national who was allegedly paid $3.5 million for facilitation services in Africa by hedge fund Och-Ziff was arrested this week as part of an FCPA investigation.

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