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A bad year for Airbus

Tom Fox | April 18, 2017

By any measure, 2017 has not been a good year for the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. In its annual report, the company has stated it is under investigation in the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Greece, and Australia over allegations of bribery and corruption. It would not be surprising if the U.S. government is soon on that list for investigating possible FCPA violations as well. The company’s chief executive, Tom Enders, has indicated publicly he would consider some type of Deferred Prosecution Agreement if one is offered. Not too surprising, as the company has indicated all the kerfuffle risks a “material impact” on profits.

One thing on the mind of The Man From FCPA is how the Airbus investigations ties into, directly or even indirectly, the Rolls-Royce bribery and corruption investigation and resolution. It turns out that a part of the Rolls-Royce investigation may have led to Airbus, as the companies had a mutual third-party representative in Indonesia,...

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