French power and transportation company Alstom S.A. (Alstom) and three subsidiaries agreed to pay a $772 million criminal penalty to resolve wide-ranging FCPA charges. Alstom pleaded guilty to violations of the FCPA’s books-and-records and internal controls provisions, and a Swiss subsidiary, Alstom Network Schweiz AG (Alstom Prom), pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA violations. See Plea AgreementUnited States v. Alstom S.A., No. 14-cr-246 (D. Conn. Dec. 22, 2014), ECF No. 5, Plea AgreementUnited States v. Alstom Network Schweiz AG, No. 14-cr-245 (D. Conn. Dec. 22, 2014), ECF No. 5.  In addition, two U.S.-based Alstom subsidiaries, Alstom Power Inc. (Alstom Power) and Alstom Grid Inc. (Alstom Grid), entered into three-year deferred prosecution agreements.  See Deferred Prosecution AgreementUnited States v. Alstom Power, Inc., No. 14-cr-248 (D. Conn. Dec. 22, 2014), ECF No. 4, Deferred Prosecution AgreementUnited States v. Alstom Grid, Inc., No. 14-cr-247 (D. Conn. Dec. 22, 2014), ECF No. 4.  The Alstom entities admitted that they bribed government officials and falsified books and records in connection with projects for state-owned entities around the world, including in Indonesia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Bahamas and Taiwan.  They were assessed the largest criminal penalty ever in an FCPA case, substantially larger than the $450 million in criminal fines in the Siemens matter in 2008 (Siemens also paid $350 million in disgorgement in a related SEC action, so that, overall, it continues to be the costliest FCPA resolution to date.)  A dual U.S. and Egyptian citizen, Asem M. Elgawhary, also pleaded guilty to accepting kickbacks in exchange for steering contracts with the Egyptian state-owned power company to Alstom and others.  Docket Sheet, United States v. Elgawhary, No. 8:14-cr-68 (D. Md.).