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Rolls-Royce charges underscore trends in FCPA cases

Jaclyn Jaeger | November 8, 2017

The Department of Justice yesterday unsealed charges against five individuals for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for their alleged participation in a scheme to pay bribes to foreign government officials for the benefit of a U.S.-based Rolls-Royce subsidiary, including to secure a contract to supply equipment and services to power a gas pipeline from Central Asia to China.

The charges are yet another example of the increasing focus that the Department of Justice is placing on individuals, and individual accountability, beyond just the companies themselves. As Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco stressed: “The charges announced…against executives, employees, and third parties affiliated with Rolls-Royce, is another example of the Criminal Division’s commitment to holding individuals—and not just corporations—accountable...

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