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Issues To Consider From The Telefonica Brasil Enforcement Action

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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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Friday Roundup

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About time, scrutiny updates, ripple, for the record, just saying, and for the reading and listening stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

About Time

After dinging companies for nearly 40 years for internal controls and risk management failures, the SEC names its first chief risk officer.

As highlighted in this prior post, if the SEC were an issuer there would be many books and records and internal controls issues within the organization.

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Checking In On The Firtash Motion To Dismiss

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As highlighted in this prior post, in April 2014 the DOJ announced the unsealing of a criminal indictment charging six individuals “with participating in an alleged international racketeering conspiracy involving bribes of state and central government officials in India to allow the mining of titanium minerals.” Among the defendants was high-profile Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash.

Prior posts here and here have focused on extradition issues related to Firtash and this prior post highlighted Firtash’s May 2017 motion to dismiss.

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