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U.S. Government Reportedly Investigating Chinese Government For Bribery In Nigeria

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Regarding the above headline, technically, as noted in this Bloomberg report, the DOJ and SEC are investigating China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec – a Chinese state-owned entity) with shares traded on a U.S. exchange for bribery in Nigeria.

However, given that the DOJ and SEC consider certain state-owned entities like Sinopec to be “instrumentalities” of a foreign government, the above headline is accurate.

This previous post highlighted how there has never been an FCPA enforcement against a Chinese-based issuer, but this is likely just a matter of time as the previous post noted that Sinovac Biotech [a Beijing based company with shares traded on NASDAQ] is currently under FCPA scrutiny.

Add Sinopec to the list.

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Friday Roundup

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Quotable, no reliable way to measure, Microsoft explains, scrutiny alert, a direct selling license in China, and offensive use of the FCPA. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

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Some think – or at least I’ve been told – that certain of my Foreign Corrupt Practices Act views are controversial or out of the “main stream” (whatever the “main stream” actually is or means). Yet, I am confident that much of what I write and talk about represents silent majority views.

Indeed, as I’ve commented before, one of the interesting things about writing about the FCPA and related issues on a daily basis is that often I just need to wait for a former FCPA enforcement official to say the same thing. 

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Might Sinovac Become The First Chinese Issuer To Resolve An FCPA Enforcement Action?

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A long, long time ago (September 2009 to be exact) FCPA Professor highlighted how Chinese companies were increasingly seeking to raise capital in the U.S. and by registering securities in the U.S. becoming subject to a variety of U.S. laws including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

There has never been an FCPA enforcement against a Chinese-based issuer, but that could change.

This post highlights the FCPA scrutiny of Beijing-based Sinovac Biotech, a company with shares traded on NASDAQ, including its recent disclosure that it is unable to file its annual report because of a bribery internal investigation.

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Across The Pond, Rolls-Royce Also Resolves A $625 Million U.K. Enforcement Action

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This recent post went in-depth into the $170 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Rolls-Royce. As mentioned in the post, the FCPA enforcement action against Rolls-Royce was part of a broader $800 million global resolution that also included a U.K. Serious Fraud Office component as well as Brazil law enforcement action.

The approximate $625 million U.K. enforcement action comprised the bulk of $800 million global resolution (that would seem to make sense, Rolls-Royce is after all a U.K. company) and is summarized below including the several failure to prevent bribery counts under the Bribery Act.

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In-Depth – General Cable Resolves $75.8 Million FCPA Enforcement Action, Former Senior VP Also Resolves SEC Action

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Don’t yet close the books on 2016 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement.

Yesterday, the DOJ and SEC announced (here and here) an FCPA (and related) enforcement action against Kentucky-based General Cable Corporation (a manufacturer and distributor of cable and wire). The conduct at issue occurred in Angola, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, China, and Egypt.

The $75.8 million enforcement action involved a DOJ non-prosecution agreement in which the company agreed to pay an approximate $20.5 million penalty and an SEC administrative cease and desist order in which the company agreed to pay approximately $55.3 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest.

In addition, the SEC also announced that Karl Zimmer, General Cable’s former Senior Vice President responsible for sales in Angola, agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings that he knowingly circumvented internal accounting controls and caused FCPA violations when he approved certain improper payments.

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