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Scrutiny alert, the irony of it all, just saying …, not sure why, no more third parties, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Scrutiny Alerts

AAR Corp.

The company, a provider of aviation services with numerous U.S. government contracts, recently disclosed:

“The Company retained outside counsel to investigate possible violations of the Company’s Code of Conduct, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and other applicable laws, relating to the Company’s activities in Nepal and South Africa.  Based on these investigations, we self-reported these matters to the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the UK Serious Fraud Office.  The Company will fully cooperate in any review by these agencies, although we are unable at this time to predict what action, if any, they may take.”

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Judge Denies Firtash Motion To Dismiss And In Doing So Disagrees With Second Circuit’s Hoskins Decision

Judicial Decision

As highlighted in this prior post, in 2014 the DOJ criminally charged various individuals alleging a wide ranging conspiracy to bribe Indian officials to secure mining licenses. Among those charged was Dmitry Firtash, a high-profile Ukrainian businessman.

As highlighted in prior posts here and here, in May 2017 Firtash (and later a co-defendant Andras Knopp) filed motions to dismiss.

Recently, in this opinion U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer denied the motion to dismiss and as highlighted below, in doing so, disagreed with the Second Circuit’s August 2018 decision in U.S. v. Hoskins (see here and here for prior posts).

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Issues To Consider From The Telefonica Brasil Enforcement Action

Issues

This previous post went in-depth into the recent $4.1 million FCPA enforcement action against Telefonica Brasil and this post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

What Is The U.S. Interest?

According to the SEC, Telefonica Brasil (a subsidiary of Spanish multinational Telefonica S.A. and the largest telecom company in Brazil with 34,000 employees and $14 billion in revenue) purchased 1,860 World Cup tickets for a total of approximately $5.1 million “for relationship-building activities with strategic audiences.”

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Issues To Consider From The Fresenius Enforcement Action

Issues

This previous post went in-depth into the approximate $232 million Fresenius FCPA enforcement action and this post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

Timeline

As highlighted in this prior post, Fresenius disclosed its FCPA scrutiny in August 2012. Thus from start to finish, its FCPA scrutiny lasted an unconscionable 6.5 years.

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FCPA Flash – A Conversation With FCPA Violator Frederic Pierucci Regarding FCPA Enforcement Against European Companies

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The FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.

This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with Frederic Pierucci. In April 2013, Pierucci (a French national) was among a group of current or former Alstom executives criminally charged in connection with an alleged bribery scheme in Indonesia. Pierucci ultimately plead guilty to FCPA offenses. Upon release from U.S. prison, Pierucci authored a book titled “The American Trap.” During the podcast, Pierucci talks about his book, what motivated him to write the book, and his views that the FCPA is a “tool to destabilize” European companies and how the U.S.’s use of the FCPA is like “underground economic warfare.” During the podcast, I take issue with certain of Pierucci’s comments (for instance 7 U.S. companies have resolved FCPA enforcement actions over $100 million not the number Pierucci suggests) and the podcast contains a good back-and-forth discussion.

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