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Entries in Germany (112)


At Fresenius, management owned the graft

The SEC summed up the criminal activity in the corner offices this way: In many instances, senior management actively thwarted compliance efforts, personally engaging in corruption schemes and directing employees to destroy records of the misconduct. The improper conduct continued for years in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, eight countries in the West African region, Angola, Turkey, Spain, China, Serbia, Bosnia, and Mexico.

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Fresenius Medical pays $231 million to settle widespread FCPA offenses

The world's biggest provider of dialysis equipment and services agreed Friday to pay the DOJ and SEC $231 million in penalties and disgorgement to resolve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act across Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

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Danish coatings maker resolves global bribe case

Hempel A/S said Monday it paid about $33.4 million to enforcement agencies in Denmark and Germany to resolve allegations of bribery.

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Pa consultant loses appeal against five-year FCPA sentence

Dmitrij Harder (Image courtesy of Twitter @dmitrijharder)The Pennsylvania-based consultant who bribed an officer at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for loan approvals lost his appeal against a 60-month prison sentence for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Compliance Alert: OECD confirms Germany as leading enforcer

John Bray of Control RisksIn Control Risks’ experience, many Germany companies operating internationally still underestimate the reach of their own country’s anti-corruption laws. A new report published by the OECD shows why this could be a dangerous mistake.

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Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn indicted for emissions cheating

The DOJ unsealed an indictment Thursday charging the former head of Germany's biggest company with helping hide emissions cheating software used to deceive U.S. regulators and car buyers.

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Dialysis provider reserves $245 million for FCPA settlement

Fresenius Medical Care AG said in a securities filing Tuesday that it has set aside €200 million ($245 million) for a potential FCPA resolution with the DOJ and SEC.

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Richard Bistrong on VW’s Oliver Schmidt: From ‘diesel therapy’ to deportation

Earlier this month, Oliver Schmidt, 48, a German citizen and the former general manager of Volkswagen AG’s U.S. Environment and Engineering Office, was sentenced to 84 months in prison for helping VW cheat on diesel emissions tests and covering up the scheme.

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World Bank debars Germany’s Fichtner GmbH for Africa misconduct

The World Bank debarred Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG for fifteen months after a former employee took bribes to influence contract awards on a project in Africa.

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John Bray: Can companies really adopt a single global anti-corruption policy?

How far is it feasible to apply a global compliance policy in widely differing regional markets? And to what extent should there be local policy exceptions?

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Tom Fox: Raid on Jones Day German office clouds FCPA investigations

International investigations are the heart and soul of FCPA inquiries. As denoted by its title, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act deals with bribes and offers to foreign officials and those of foreign state owned enterprises.

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French authorities join Airbus bribery probe

Airbus Group SE said Thursday that French investigators have opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery, and corruption in the company's civil aviation business.

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