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Entries in France (105)


Sarkozy faces corruption charges

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was charged Wednesday with corruption and taking illegal campaign contributions from the Libyan government.

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Xavier Oustalniol: French enforcement action under Sapin II

There is some recent news from the front lines concerning the Agence Française Anti-Corruption’s and French prosecutor's actions against companies that violate the French Anti-Corruption Law, Sapin II, and the use of the Convention Judiciaire d’Interêt Public.

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The view from Pyeongchang: On windmills and anti-corruption

After two hours of driving through undeveloped Korean countryside, the image upon arriving at the Olympic skiing venues is quite startling: the surrounding ridges are dotted with technologically advanced, energy-generating windmills.

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Olympic anti-corruption measures, in three dimensions

The Olympic Games, which open today, have become a powerful symbol in the global anti-corruption movement. They lay bare the worldwide human tendency to abuse entrusted authority for private gain. But so too do they highlight the emergent global resolve to address it and the myriad tools now at our disposal.

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Stéphane Bonifassi: Expanding involvement of courts in arbitration makes sense

Recently a trend toward state court review of arbitral awards has emerged, especially when criminal activity is alleged, and no matter what side of the debate you are on, there’s no denying a change is afoot. 

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France enforcement: HSBC pays €300 million for first DPA

The Geneva-based private banking unit of HSBC entered into France's first deferred prosecution agreement Tuesday under the country's new anti-corruption regime.

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SocGen faces U.S., France probes for Libya payments

Société Générale said in a disclosure Monday that it is under investigation in France for possible violations of French anti-corruption law and in the United States for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offenses.

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French court strips Obiang of local assets after embezzlement conviction

A French court last week convicted Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea and son of the president, of embezzling public money and spending it on himself.

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Airbus graft probe spreads to United States

Airbus Group SE, already under investigation in the UK and France for suspected corruption, said in a company release Tuesday that it found "inaccuracies in filings" made with the U.S. Department of State under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

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Practice Note: New French law expands jurisdiction over foreign graft

In December 2016, France enacted an anti-corruption law known as Sapin II. The law was named after Michel Sapin, the then Minister of Finance, who said when presenting the bill: “In the fight against corruption, France cannot just satisfy itself with the existing situation.”

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John Bray: Can companies really adopt a single global anti-corruption policy?

How far is it feasible to apply a global compliance policy in widely differing regional markets? And to what extent should there be local policy exceptions?

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Teddy Obiang on trial in Paris for embezzlement

The son of Equatorial Guinea's president went on trial this week in France for embezzling more than $112 million from his country's treasury.

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