Jean-Daniel Lainé, a French national who was Senior Vice President of Ethics & Compliance and a director of Alstom International Limited, faces two charges of corruption contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and two offences of conspiracy to corrupt contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

According to the SFO, the charges relate to allegations of corruption in 2006 and 2007 concerning the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro system.  Additional charges against the company were filed last month.

Mr. Lainé appeared in court on 12 May along with Michael John Anderson, who was charged last month for his role in the same investigation, as well as representatives of Alstom Network UK Ltd.  Lainé is the sixth individual to be charged in relation to the Alstom investigation to date.

The SFO began investigating Alstom in 2009 as a result of information it received from the Swiss authorities and charged the company in July 2014 with three counts of corruption and three counts of conspiracy over alleged offences between 2000 and 2006 concerning “large transport projects” in India, Poland and Tunisia. 

Alstom S.A., the French parent company, pleaded guilty in December 2014 and agreed to pay a $772 million fine to resolve US Department of Justice charges related to a widespread bribery scheme that involved bribes totalling tens of millions of dollars being paid worldwide.