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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | France | 27 Sep 2011

Corruption digest

The former President, Jacques Chirac, faces charges of embezzlement of public funds in relation to payments made to members of his Rally for the Republic (“RPR”) party for municipal jobs that did not exist.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | USA, China | 27 Sep 2011

Corruption digest

Gloria Arroyo, the former president, faces renewed charges that she personally gained $35 million from a $329 million contract given to a Chinese telecommunication company, ZTE Corp., in 2007, according to a complaint that was filed by the nation’s top anti-corruption body.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | Papua New Guinea, Australia | 27 Sep 2011

Corruption digest

Papua New Guinea’s former planning minister, Paul Tiensten, has reportedly fled to Australia after being served with a summons to answer allegations of fraud and corruption before a government taskforce.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | USA | 27 Sep 2011

Goldman Sachs

In an SEC filing, Goldman Sachs acknowledged that the SEC is looking into whether the bank violated the FCPA.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | France | 27 Sep 2011

Alstom in talks with SFO

It has been reported that "a senior figure" from Alstom - the Paris-based company that provides equipment and services for power generation and high speed rail transport - has been in talks with Richard Alderman, the director of the Serious Fraud Office ("SFO").

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | USA | 27 Sep 2011

Avon Products, Inc.

A class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of Avon Products, Inc. between July 31, 2006 and May 24, 2011.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | Bangladesh, Canada | 27 Sep 2011

Corruption digest

SNC-Lavalin, the engineering company, had its offices outside of Toronto raided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“RCMP”) in connection with a corruption probe into the World Bank-funded Padma Bridge Project in Bangladesh.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | Libya | 27 Sep 2011

Corruption digest

Officials working with Libya’s new governing authority are reportedly assessing whether any payments made by Société Générale SA to the Libyan Investment Authority (“LIA”) as part of its business relationship were ultimately paid to people who were close to the ousted regime of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | China | 27 Sep 2011

Corruption digest

A former executive of China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone operator as measured by the number of subscribers, has been sentenced to death with a two year reprieve for accepting bribes, according to reports.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP | United Kingdom | 27 Sep 2011

Tax laws and Bribery Act compliance

The SFO has formulated a plan that could make companies police their compliance with the Bribery Act using existing tax laws.

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