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Canada-Based Kinross Gold Corp. Resolves Approximate $1 Million SEC Action Because Its Acquired Indirect African Subsidiaries Had Deficient Internal Controls

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Silly you for believing certain commentator hype that the Trump SEC would stop enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or for thinking that the general lull in SEC corporate enforcement during the fourth quarter of 2017 meant anything.

In the second SEC corporate FCPA enforcement action in the last 2.5 weeks (see here for the prior Elbit Imaging action), the SEC announced yesterday that Canada-based Kinross Gold Corporation (a company with shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange) resolved an enforcement action “arising from the company’s repeated failure to implement adequate accounting controls of two African subsidiaries.” Without admitting or denying the SEC’s finding in this administrative order, Kinross agreed to, among other things, pay a $950,000 civil penalty.

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DOJ Once Again Returns To Russia Nuclear Bribery Scheme As Transport Logistics International Resolves $2 Million Enforcement Action

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As highlighted in this prior post, in August 2015 the DOJ announced a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related enforcement action against Daren Condrey (an owner and executive of Maryland-based Transport Logistics International – TLI) and Vadim Mikerin (an alleged Russian “foreign official”) in connection with a nuclear industry bribery scheme.

As highlighted in this prior post, Mikerin (a Maryland resident) worked for a Maryland corporation (TENAM Corporation), but the DOJ considered him a Russian “foreign official” because TENAM was a wholly-owned subsidiary on TENEX – an entity “indirectly owned and controlled by, and performed functions of, the government of the Russian Federation.”

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First Corporate Enforcement Action Of 2018 Is Against Israel-Based Elbit Imaging Ltd.

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Last Friday, the SEC released this administrative order finding that Israel-based Elbit Imaging Ltd. (a real estate company with shares traded on NASDAQ) violated the books and records and internal controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act based on payments made to certain third parties “when some or all of the funds may have been used to make corrupt payments to Romanian government officials or were embezzled.”

The enforcement action concerned conduct between 2006 and 2012 (beyond any conceivable statute of limitations) and without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings Elbit agreed to pay $500,000 (an amount reflective of the fact that Elbit is currently winding down its operations).

The Elbit Imaging enforcement action is the first corporate FCPA enforcement action of 2018 and breaks a nearly six month dry spell in SEC corporate FCPA enforcement actions.

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The Case That Keeps On Giving – DOJ Announces Additional Charges In PDVSA Bribery Action

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Several prior posts (see here and here for instance) have highlighted the clustering phenomenon and how a few discreet instances of alleged bribery yield an inordinate amount of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement activity.

One such example is the DOJ’s long-standing enforcement action (charges were first brought in late 2015) in connection with alleged corrupt schemes to secure contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, PDVSA.

Yesterday, the DOJ announced that additional criminal charges were unsealed “against five former Venezuelan government officials for their alleged participation in an international money laundering scheme involving bribes made to corruptly secure energy contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, PDVSA.”

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DOJ Returns To Russia Nuclear Bribery Scheme And Announces Additional Criminal Charges

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Previous posts here and here highlighted the DOJ’s 2015 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action concerning a Russian nuclear bribery scheme.

As highlighted in the previous posts, Daren Condrey pleaded guilty to FCPA violations for allegedly bribing Vadim Mikerin.

Mikerin was an alleged Russian “foreign official” because he worked for TENAM Corp. (a Maryland corporation) because TENAM was a wholly-owned subsidiary on TENEX – an entity “indirectly owned and controlled by, and performed functions of, the government of the [Russian government].”

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