Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York and Washington DC offices edit the digest and select the most important material so that you can use this digest as a single source of information.
In this edition, among the many topics discussed, we report on PBSJ Corporation’s $3.4 million deferred prosecution agreement for alleged breaches of the FCPA relating to contracts gained in Qatar and Morocco; Glenn Defense Marine Asia’s guilty plea to a count of conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with contracts worth $20 million with the U.S. Navy; and, among other updates, we report on the SEC’s decision to terminate its investigation of possible FCPA violations related to Cobalt International Energy Inc.’s operations in Angola.
Reports from the UK include a joint investigation by the City of London’s Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit and Norway’s anti-corruption authority into allegations of two British businessmen bribing an official in Norway; a report into corruption in the police forces in England and Wales; and a report into the National Health Service’s “serious problem” regarding the protection of whistleblowers.
Global updates include reports of China’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign re-focusing on the financial sector; the sentencing of the former Interior Minister of Cyprus having been found guilty of aiding the former Defence Minister of Greece in taking bribes relating to arms deals; the Indian anti-corruption party, AAP, winning 67 of 70 seats in the Delhi state elections; the corruption challenges faced by the organizers of the ICC Cricket World Cup; the Bucharest Appeals Court sentencing four judges in Romania on corruption charges; and a court in South Africa holding that an arbitrator was correct in ruling a dismissal for accepting a bribe of a packet of biscuits was substantially fair; plus anti-corruption developments in Italy, Lithuania, South Korea and more from around the globe.
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