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Petrofac in £180m cash call to fund SFO bribery settlement

Petrofac, the London-listed oil group, will this week unveil plans to tap shareholders in a £180m fundraising that will be used in part to pay a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) fine for bribery offences. By Mark Kleinman, Sky News, 25 October 2021 Read more at Sky News… Read More

Belgium Is Pushing to Dilute the EU’s Belarus Potash Sanctions

Belgium is trying to water down European Union sanctions on Belarus’s potash industry, in a bid to ease difficulties companies within the bloc face in implementing the measures. Diplomats in Brussels have written to other EU member states, requesting a loosening of restrictions on Belarusian potash to allow for… Read More

Former Brazilian CEO Sentenced to 20 Months for Bribery Conspiracy

By Henry Pope OCCRP, 14 October 2021 OCCRP — A former chief executive officer (CEO) of Braskem S.A., a Brazilian petrochemical company, was sentenced in a New York court on Tuesday to 20 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to use US$250 million of his… Read More
26th September 2021
Brazilian authorities are investigating whether JPMorgan Chase & Co played a role in an alleged bribery and money laundering scheme that dated back to 2011 and involved state-run oil company Petrobras, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and two law enforcement sources. So far, police have focused their attention on… Read More
15th September 2021
When Anthony Stimler left Glencore Plc in August 2019, he had two big secrets: For a dozen years, he’d paid millions in bribes to African officials and intermediaries. And he was now helping a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the company and numerous former colleagues. Corruption isn’t exactly unheard… Read More
13th September 2021
The powerful chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is set to unveil a bill to levy new U.S. sanctions on oil and gas, some of Myanmar’s most important industries, and prod the State Department to determine whether Myanmar’s crimes against the Rohingya minority constitute a genocide. Democratic Rep. Gregory… Read More
8th September 2021
The Pretoria High Court this week issued a provisional restraint order to the tune of R1.4 billion against corruption-accused former senior Eskom official France Hlakudi, businessman Hudson Kgomoeswana as well as former major Eskom contractor Tubular Construction Projects, its CEO, Tony Trindade, and his wife – freezing their assets and… Read More
8th September 2021
The ruling by the Court of Cassation marks a major setback for Lafarge, which is accused of paying nearly 13 million euros ($15.3 million) to jihadist groups including the Islamic State (IS) to keep its cement factory in northern Syria running through the early years of… Read More
8th September 2021
By Seth Robbins, InSight Crime, 7 September 2021 Insight Crime — A court in Cabo Verde has approved the extradition to the United States of Colombian businessman Álex Saab, who may hold key information on alleged money laundering schemes involving Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other top… Read More
7th September 2021
EY auditors failed to raise the alarm over multimillion-dollar jewellery purchases and approved huge payments to opaque offshore companies in the years before one of Switzerland’s biggest ever corporate collapses. Zeromax, a conglomerate based in the Swiss canton of Zug, had a business empire in Uzbekistan with interests ranging from… Read More
7th September 2021
The pleasures and potential pitfalls of being related to Britain’s prime minister quickly become clear when Maximilian Johnson begins to speak of the predicament he is facing in, of all places, a Mongolian goldmine near the Gobi desert. Boris Johnson’s younger half-brother is battling to save a multimillion-pound investment gone… Read More
6th September 2021
An Iranian tanker carrying fuel bound for Lebanon was at anchor in the Red Sea on Friday ahead of the final leg of a voyage to Syria, which is set to pose the biggest test yet to US sanctions imposed on two arch regional foes. The tanker is expected… Read More
3rd September 2021
German prosecutors said Thursday they have charged six men over a spectacular heist in 2019 when more than a dozen diamond-encrusted artefacts worth over 100 million euros were snatched from a state museum. The suspects, all German nationals aged between 22 and 27 years old, are accused of aggravated gang… Read More