Tagged: SEC FCPA

Cooperating Cognizant COO Pays $50K to Settle SEC FCPA Action

In an interesting SEC FCPA settlement action, Sridhar Thiruvengadam, the former COO of Cognizant Technology, agreed to pay a $50K penalty for his role in the bribery scheme involving the payment of $2 million to a government official in India in exchange for the issuance of a planning permit needed for the construction of Cognizant’s new office location in Chennai, India.  Early this year, Cognizant...

Juniper Networks Settles FCPA Violations with SEC for $11.7 Million

Juniper Networks agreed to pay the SEC $11.7 million to settle FCPA violations for conduct occurring in Russia and China.  See Order Here.  Under the settlement, Juniper Networks agreed to disgorgement of $4 million, a $6.5 million civil penalty, and pre-judgment interest of $1.3 million. The Juniper Networks investigation was initiated approximately six years ago in 2013.  The Justice Department had declined to prosecute Juniper...

Deutsche Bank Settles FCPA Case with SEC for $16 Million for Hiring Relatives of Public Officials

If there ever was a poster-child for reputational damage for a financial institution, Deutsche Bank would be the first and only candidate.  Talk about a bank that is in trouble and continues to fall under government scrutiny. Last week, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay the SEC $16 million for its hiring of relatives of public officials in China and Russia.  (Here). Deutsche Bank joins a...

Microsoft Pays DOJ and SEC $25 Million to Resolve FCPA Violations (Part I of III)

Microsoft finally resolved its FCPA enforcement action with a whimper.  Notwithstanding prior suggestions that Microsoft’s investigation uncovered global conduct, Microsoft’s liability focused primarily on Microsoft’s conduct in Hungary.  Even with the tailored settlement agreement,  DOJ and the SEC reiterated robust expectations surrounding third-party distributor networks, particularly in the software industry. To resolve a lengthy six and one-half year investigation, Microsoft entered into a non-prosecution agreement...

Episode 96 — The End of the Line: The Walmart FCPA Settlement

After a lengthy investigation (yes, 8 years), Walmart agreed to settle its FCPA violations and paid approximately $282 million , divided as follows: (1) $138 combined criminal penalty under the terms of a three-year non-prosecution agreement; and (2) $144 million disgorgement pursuant to an agreement with the SEC. Walmart’s Brazil subsidiary entered a guilty plea to one count of violating books and records in the Eastern...

Tom Fox and Mike Volkov Discuss the Fresenius Medical FCPA Enforcement Action

Tom Fox and I recently had a chance to discuss the Fresenius Medical FCPA enforcement action. A link to the podcast is here. Fresenius Medical, the largest supplier of dialysis equipment and services, agreed to pay $231 million to the Justice Department and the SEC to resolve FCPA violations in 17 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Fresenius entered a non-prosecution agreement with...

Episode 82 — A Deep Dive into the Cognizant Technology FCPA Enforcement Action

In the first corporate FCPA action of 2019, Cognizant Technology Solutions Company settled its long-running FCPA case, agreeing to pay the SEC $25 million.  At the same time, the Justice Department announced: (1) its’ declination under the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy; and (2) the indictment of Cognizant’s former President and General Counsel for criminal FCPA violations. In this Episode, Michael Volkov discusses the Cognizant FCPA...

Cognizant Technology Pays $25 Million for FCPA Violations and Earns Declination — Two Executives are Indicted for Criminal FCPA Violations (Part I of IV)

In the first corporate FCPA action of 2019, Cognizant Technology Solutions Company settled its long-running FCPA case, agreeing to pay the SEC $25 million.  (SEC Settlement Here).  At the same time, the Justice Department announced: (1) its declination under the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy (Here); and (2) the indictment of its former President and General Counsel for criminal FCPA violations (Here). The charges arose from...

Eletrobras Settles SEC FCPA & Bid-Rigging Enforcement Action for $2.5 Million

In a December 2018 enforcement settlement, the SEC and Brazil’s Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. (“Eletrobras”) agreed to violating books and records and internal accounting controls requirements and paid a $2.5 million penalty.  (Here). DOJ declined to prosecute Eletrobras. Eletrobas stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange.  The Brazilian government owns 51 percent of Eletrobras and appoints seven of eleven board members. The bribery...

Stryker Suffers “Strike Two” and Settles SEC FCPA Case

Stryker Corporation has suffered a second FCPA enforcement action, and will now bear the stigma of FCPA “recidivist.”  In reaching a settlement with the SEC and agreeing to pay a $7.8 million civil penalty, Stryker will now be subject to an SEC-imposed compliance monitor.  (Here). Stryker’s recent set of violations surrounded books and records violations and deficient accounting and compliance controls in India, China and...