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Banking bar, Kokesh related, OECD shaming, quotable, downfall, and listening in. It’s all here in the FCPA roundup.

Banking Bar

The Federal Reserve recently announced “that it is prohibiting Tim Leissner and Ng Chong Hwa, also known as Roger Ng, from the banking industry for their participation in a scheme to illegally divert billions of dollars from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. Leissner was also fined $1.42 million and consented to the permanent ban.”

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What Does This Mean For Goldman Sachs?

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This post highlighted recent criminal charges against former Goldman Sachs employees Roger Ng and Tim Leissner for paying bribes to various Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials in connection with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s state-owned and state-controlled investment development company.

The question thus arises: what does this mean for Goldman?

In both the Ng indictment and Leissner information the DOJ clearly asserts, on several occasions, respondeat superior allegations. In other words, that Ng and Leissner (as well as certain other unindicted co-conspirators at Goldman) were employees and agents of Goldman and while acting within the scope of their employment with the intent, to at least in part, benefit Goldman engaged in various conduct. Moreover, as a result of the conduct, the DOJ alleged that Goldman earned approximately $600 million in fees and revenue.

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DOJ Announces FCPA And Related Enforcement Action Against Individuals Associated With Goldman Sachs In Connection With 1MDB Fund

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In arguably one of the most high-profile individual Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions in recent years, the DOJ announced yesterday that Low Taek Jho (Jho Low), Ng Chong Hwa (Roger Ng – a former managing director at Goldman Sachs), and Tim Leissner (the former Southeast Asia Chairman at Goldman Sach and Participating Manager Director) were charged with FCPA offenses for paying bribes to various Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials in connection with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s state-owned and state-controlled investment development company. The individuals were also charged with conspiring to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1MDB.

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