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For much of and , barely a day went by without an anti-corruption-related headline in or involving Latin America, as companies operating throughout the region have—and continue to—become well acquainted with a growing appetite to root out corruption.
From the U. Of the 87 companies whose public filings disclose that they are the subject of ongoing and unresolved investigations under the FCPA, 26 are in Latin America. Companies operating in Latin America present particular exposure under the FCPA, as many regional industries are dominated by government-controlled or operated entities.
Cooperation between U. Recent FCPA enforcements range from the multi-jurisdictional to specific, discrete allegations in a single country. In addition to FCPA liability, businesses in Latin America now face increased risks under local laws, which in many Latin America jurisdictions have evolved to address corruption more comprehensively with much more active enforcement authorities.
This update highlights only a few of the many FCPA and local anti-corruption developments in several key Latin America markets, but is by no means exhaustive. Kirchner is herself currently the subject of a full-scale investigation into allegations of large-scale international money laundering and embezzlement allegations, relating to funds earmarked for public works.
Legislative Developments : Argentine law does not currently criminalize private sector corruption, although individuals involved in corrupt activity can be prosecuted for conduct that results in economic detriment such as fraud and embezzlement.
The bill contemplates settlement agreements with cooperators of criminal corruption investigations, and affords corporations the opportunity to avoid sanctions if they can demonstrate the existence of mechanisms designed to prevent corruption. The National Congress is also deliberating the introduction of a civil forfeiture provision, under which state authorities, even in advance of a criminal judgment, could seek forfeiture of assets that are presumed to have an illicit origin.
Argentina awaits implementation of the revised Criminal Procedure Code, slated to come into force in Whether the revised CPC will be later implemented in the federal courts remains to be seen. Temer was recently found guilty of violating campaign finance limits, and his anti-corruption minister separately resigned amid allegations of investigative obstruction. Following the changes in government, former president Lula has been indicted, as has the former leader of the lower house, Eduardo Cunha, multiple governors including former governors of Rio de Janeiro state, and a number of other prominent public figures.
Operation Lava Jato continues to grab front-page headlines in Brazil and the U. Brazil and U. Brazil issued long-awaited regulations in setting forth the procedures for imposing this liability, along with guidance as to the calculation of fines and leniency agreements.
Party campaign. Authorities allege that SQM financed the campaigns of presidential candidates for years, resulting now in an ongoing investigation of more than business executives, politicians, and intermediaries, who are charged with tax evasion, fraud, issuing false invoices, money laundering, and bribery.
The U. The kickback was ultimately traced to an Argentine government official with control over airline routes. A bill has also been recently presented in Congress proposing general amendments to anti-corruption regulation, including the increase of penalties for bribery and other corruption crimes, and amendments to provisions related to the bribery of foreign governmental officials.
Indeed, Chilean law sets forth an explicit obligation for companies to actively prevent crimes. The pair was allegedly involved in a kickback scheme relating to the embezzlement of USD million through the award of public procurement contracts to construction companies.
Arias had reportedly operated an illegal bidding process that allowed for siphoning of public funds intended for the subsidies program. Under the TCA, companies can reduce or avoid penalties by self-reporting, so long as the company comes forward before the commencement of any government investigation, and before the contract at issue has been performed. The government is expected to soon publish compliance guidance that details its compliance expectations and methods of assessment for purposes of extending mitigation credit.
Walmart continues to address concerns that employees in Mexico are alleged to have made payments to expedite permits and licenses for the building and operation of stores in Mexico. According to the SEC Order, the company failed to perform due diligence on the consulting firm that received the payments, and failed to enter into a written agreement for several years. The Order further alleges that there was no evidence that the consulting firm performed any legitimate services for the company.
In April , the company disclosed in a securities filing that DOJ had declined to prosecute the company. Companies can also face debarment of up to 10 years, as well as suspension of activities, partnership dissolution, and damages. The new legislation provides for some partial defenses, including credit for the existence of a compliance program with effective reporting and whistleblower protection tools. Enforcement Landscape : Grupo Unidos por el Canal, the consortium overseeing the expansion of the Panama Canal, is reportedly facing an investigation after a criminal complaint was filed against it for inflating cost overrun claims.
Former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli is alleged to have been a bribe recipient. However, anti-corruption laws are generally perceived as ineffective and not rigorously applied, with local government enforcement initiatives only weakly prosecuting those accused of corruption. Enforcement Landscape : As of , 10 of 25 regional governors in Peru were either under preliminary investigation or appealing corruption-related charges. More than 1, district-level mayors in office either were under or had been previously investigated for criminal activity, and 10 percent of sitting members of congress had been suspended for ethical violations since The act holds companies liable for the bribery of public officials, with fines totaling up to six times the benefit obtained or expected.
The new Corrupt Corruption Act provides safe harbors from liability if an adequate compliance program was in place prior to the corrupt activity. Enforcement Landscape : More than two-thirds of Venezuelan companies surveyed in one study reported that they expect to give gifts to officials in order to secure government contracts, with favoritism among procurement officials rampant, and most public contracts exempt from open tenders.
A recent DOJ declination letter indicates that, although corruption is potentially inevitable in Venezuela, companies doing business there can drastically minimize their exposure through the implementation of compliance procedures.
Legislative Developments : The Venezuelan Anti-Corruption Law of does not address bribery of foreign officials, but criminalizes several corruption offenses, including extortion, passive and active bribery, and abuse of office. Businesses operating in other Latin American countries have found themselves targets of both FCPA enforcement proceedings and local anti-corruption efforts ranging, for example, from the arrest of the Dominican Republic defense minister in connection with the Embraer investigation;  U.
While corporations doing business in Latin America continue to adopt traditional safeguards such as dedicated compliance personnel, anti-corruption policies, anonymous reporting mechanisms, and procedures on gifts, travel and hospitality, charitable donations and political contributions, and audits, additional compliance safeguards can and should be taken to mitigate corruption risks:. Publications Blogs Podcast Coronavirus Resources.
Legislative and Enforcement Developments For much of and , barely a day went by without an anti-corruption-related headline in or involving Latin America, as companies operating throughout the region have—and continue to—become well acquainted with a growing appetite to root out corruption. Panama Enforcement Landscape : Grupo Unidos por el Canal, the consortium overseeing the expansion of the Panama Canal, is reportedly facing an investigation after a criminal complaint was filed against it for inflating cost overrun claims.
Ensure that global compliance programs are specifically tailored and adapted to Latin American operations and contextual realities, incorporating local laws, compliance standards, and local enforcement takeaways. Ensure compliance procedures address industry- and Latin America-specific risks. Employ dynamic training and education to raise awareness on an ongoing basis as to potential exposure areas. Implement policies and controls relating to third parties, including the use of anti-corruption contract terms in third-party contracts, due diligence review, and risk-based monitoring of third-party activities.
Incorporate whistleblower protections and initiatives, along with policies to monitor such reports and encourage self-reporting. Periodically test effectiveness of compliance program as implemented in Latin American operations to ensure program is appropriately designed and implemented to mitigate corruption risks. Aqua Products, Inc.
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For much of and , barely a day went by without an anti-corruption-related headline in or involving Latin America, as companies operating throughout the region have—and continue to—become well acquainted with a growing appetite to root out corruption. From the U. Of the 87 companies whose public filings disclose that they are the subject of ongoing and unresolved investigations under the FCPA, 26 are in Latin America. Companies operating in Latin America present particular exposure under the FCPA, as many regional industries are dominated by government-controlled or operated entities.
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