On February 5, 2010, BAE Systems announced (here) that it has entered separate settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Serious Frauds Office, pursuant to which the company will pay a total of nearly $450 million to settle long-standing investigations of improper payments.

 

Under the U.S. plea deal, the company

A recent SEC enforcement action alleging Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations against Nature’s Sunshine Products and two of its officers may represent a new and disturbing liability threat to corporate officials. The SEC asserted claims directly against the two individuals even though they were not alleged to have either involvement in or knowledge of the

From this week’s news, it almost appears as if there had been some kind of an unannounced competition for most outrageously fraudulent or corrupt scheme. First, there was Marc Dreier’s incredibly brazen plot to peddle bogus notes to hedge funds using assumed identities. Then there was Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s apparent attempt to flog Barrack

Two developments involving major European companies illustrate both the challenges and uncertain progress of global efforts to combat corruption.

First, on July 29, 2008, Siemens announced (here) that its Supervisory Board has resolved to claim damages from ten former members of the company’s Managing Board executive committee, including two former CEOs and a

The growing importance of global anticorruption enforcement efforts was underscored this past week by the revelation of a cross-border investigation involving the French industrial giant Alstom and by developments in the continuing investigation involving Siemens. Moreover, the Siemens developments highlight the increasing significance of liabilities arising from anticorruption exposures for the D&O insurance industry.

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