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Anti-Bribery in Brazil: 2016 Year in Review

A lot has been going on in Brazil in the anti-bribery field. There have been different developments that are noteworthy. This post highlights 5 relevant developments that took place in 2016. Other relevant developments will be summarized in the next post. Car Wash continues to advance. The Operation Car Wash was initially launched in March […]

Author: Carlos Ayres

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PDVSA at the Center of International Anti-Corruption Efforts

This post was co-authored by Maryna Kavaleuskaya, a Law Clerk at Miller & Chevalier. How do multiple enforcement authorities from different countries hold one of the largest petroleum producers in the world accountable for years of institutionalized corruption? Press reports on investigations of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (“PDVSA”), suggest several answers. […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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Lava Jato’s Judge Moro Speaks to Washington

Brazil’s Lava Jato, also known as “Operation Carwash,” is the largest anti-corruption prosecutorial effort in the world today. And perhaps the most important individual behind that effort is Sergio Moro, a federal judge overseeing several of the criminal proceedings. On July 14, 2016, Judge Moro spoke to an audience in Washington DC at the Brazil […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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New Pemex Corruption Risks

Over the years, companies providing goods and services to Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico’s state-owned oil & gas company, have faced numerous FCPA risks. Pemex is considered an “instrumentality” of a foreign government under the FCPA since it is controlled by the Mexican Government. As a result, its officials are considered “foreign officials” under the FCPA, […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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New FCPA Risks in Mexico’s Historic Energy Reform

In 2013, the Mexican Congress approved constitutional amendments to open oil & gas exploration and production to foreign investment, ending the monopoly of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex). In the second half of 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), the entity created by the Ministry of Energy to supervise the award of E&P blocks to private […]

Author: Matteson Ellis

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