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Microsoft Resolves Long-Standing FCPA Scrutiny By Agreeing To Pay $25.3 Million

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Microsoft has been under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act scrutiny since early 2013 (see here for the prior post). Yesterday, the DOJ and SEC announced here and here an aggregate $25.3 million enforcement action against the company and a Hungarian subsidiary concerning conduct in Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Turkey.

The enforcement action involved a DOJ component involving a non-prosecution agreement involving MS Hungary in which the entity agreed to pay a $8.8 million criminal penalty and an SEC administrative order against Microsoft finding violations of the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions in which the company agreed, without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, to pay disgorgement and prejudgment interest of approximately $16.5 million.

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Fresenius Medical Care Pays Approximately $232 Million To Resolve Its Long-Standing FCPA Scrutiny

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German healthcare firm Fresenius Medical Care AG (a company with American Depositary Receipt shares traded on the NYSE) has been under FCPA scrutiny since 2012 (no that is not a typo).

Today the DOJ and SEC announced (here and here) an approximate $232 million enforcement action ($84.7 million to the DOJ and $147 million to the SEC) against the company for alleged bribery schemes involving physicians and other healthcare personnel in Angola, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Spain, Turkey, Gabon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Niger, Cameroon China, Serbia, Bosnia, and Mexico.

While not specified in any of the resolution documents, the DOJ’s non-prosecution agreement and SEC’s administrative order make generic reference to the Angola and Saudi Arabia conduct involving ‘agents and employees utiliz[ing] the means and instrumentalities of U.S. interstate commerce, including the use of internet-based email accounts hosted by numerous service providers located in the United States.”

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FCPA Challenge – Turkey Edition

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I hope this Thanksgiving finds you enjoying and being thankful for many things in your life. Among the many things I am thankful for are your readership and I hope FCPA Professor elevates your FCPA knowledge and skills. May your turkey be golden brown.

To commemorate the FCPA’s 40th year, FCPA Professor is presenting the FCPA Challenge.

Each Thursday during 2018, a question will be posed and the answer will be below the fold.

This week’s question is: name the FCPA enforcement actions that have involved, in whole or in part, alleged improper conduct in Turkey?

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Turkey

Turkey

I hope this Thanksgiving finds you enjoying and being thankful for many things in your life.

Among the many things I am thankful for are your readership and I hope FCPA Professor elevates your FCPA knowledge and skills.

May your turkey be golden brown.

The following FCPA enforcement actions have involved, in whole or in part, alleged improper conduct in Turkey.

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Turkey

Golden Brown

I am thankful for your readership and hope FCPA Professor elevates your FCPA knowledge and skills.

The following FCPA enforcement actions have involved, in whole or in part, alleged business conduct in Turkey.

May your turkey be golden brown.

Smith & Wesson (2014)

In July 2014, Smith & Wesson agreed to resolve an SEC administrative order finding violations of the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions, books and records provisions and internal controls provisions. The SEC’s findings included business conduct in Pakistan, Indonesia, Turkey, Nepal and Bangladesh.

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