On September 29, Hyperdynamics Corp. announced a settlement with the SEC, fully resolving the SEC’s FCPA investigation into the Houston-based oil and gas company’s operations in the Republic of Guinea. The SEC proceeded via an administrative cease and desist order. Hyperdynamics consented to the SEC’s order without admitting or denying the findings, and agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty. The SEC’s order describes books and records and internal control offenses based on the lack of supporting documentation related to $130,000 the company paid for public relations and lobbying services in the Republic of Guinea during 2007 and 2008.
Hyperdynamics first disclosed that the DOJ was investigating alleged FCPA violations by the company in the Republic of Guinea in 2013. In May of this year, the company announced that the DOJ’s investigation had concluded without enforcement action, and released the DOJ’s declination letter, which noted Hyperdynamics’s cooperation with the investigation. At that time, the company acknowledged that a parallel SEC investigation was ongoing. Previous BuckleySandler coverage of this investigation can be found here.