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  • Press Reports Cite Italian Investigation into Oil and Gas Company for Potential Nigeria Corruption

    According to a September 11 news report, two top executives of an Italian oil and gas company are being investigated by Italian prosecutors for alleged corruption related to the company’s 2011 acquisition of 50% of a Nigerian deepwater offshore oil field block.  The executives include both the company’s CEO, and its Chief Development, Operations, and Technology Officer.  The company denied that any illegal conduct had occurred and noted its cooperation with the Milan Prosecutor’s Office related to the matter. The new investigation appears unrelated to the company’s previous $365 million FCPA and Nigeria settlement with the DOJ and SEC, regarding the TSKJ-Nigeria joint venture.

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  • DOJ Announces Anti-Bribery Indictments of Oil Services Company’s Former Executives

    On January 6, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that two former CEOs of an oil and gas services company had been charged for their alleged involvement in a scheme to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA and for other related offenses.  The DOJ also revealed that the company’s former general counsel had entered a guilty plea on bribery and fraud charges related to the alleged schemes.  According to two separate Criminal Complaints that were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the former CEOs allegedly paid bribes to a Colombian official for his assistance in securing approval of a contract valued at approximately $39 million.  They were also charged with attempting to defraud members of the company’s board through their attempts to secure kickbacks for themselves as part of an effort to acquire another firm.  The Information filed against the former GC provided further details on the bribery and kickback schemes.

    Oil and Gas Services

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