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Lava Jato’s Judge Moro Speaks to Washington

Author: Matteson Ellis

MoroBrazil’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 Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The points he made deserve attention.

Corruption in Brazil is Systemic: Judge Moro did not mince words. He made it more than clear that corruption in Brazil is systemic, that it has been “a rule of the game,” and that the schemes uncovered in Lava Jato reflect this fact. He said, “It’s true. It&#... Read more

Miller & Chevalier Releases Results of 2016 Latin America Corruption Survey

Author: Matteson Ellis

2016 LACS Results_Blog ImageDespite more than three-quarters of businesspeople indicating that their country’s anti-corruption laws are ineffective, the 2016 Latin America Corruption Survey released by Miller & Chevalier Chartered and 13 partner firms shows marked signs of regionwide improvement in corporate compliance measures.

In April and May 2016, Miller & Chevalier and 13 Latin American partner firms distributed the survey to corporate executives based in 19 countries working in a broad cross-section of industries. 637 individuals completed the survey, ... Read more

Corruption Risk and the 2016 Rio Olympics: Raising the Bar for Hospitality Compliance

Author: Guest Author

RioOlympicsThis post is authored by Carlos Ayres, along with Senior Associate Geoff Martin and Associate Jean-Paul Theroux in Baker & McKenzie LLP’s Compliance, Investigations and Government Enforcement practice in Washington D.C.

The Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. The Games are seen as an opportunity for hosts to show themselves to the world, and are generally lavish affairs. With the world’s attention comes high-profile and highly sought-after corporate hospitality. Such hospitality at the Olympics and other high-profile events can provide a bona fide relationship-building opportunity for companies. They are also a reminder of the risk that, when handled improperly, corporate hospitality can result in bribery or related improprieties.

In... Read more


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