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Your business is being sold; what is your compliance response?

Tom Fox | June 19, 2017

Bad actors and other nefarious actors in the corruption space are continually pushing boundaries of how to facilitate their illegal conduct. U.S. businesses responded to earlier corrupt sales agents who would pay bribes in violation of the FCPA with increasing management of the life cycle of third-party relationship. Another area for concern beyond the funding of bribes for corrupt purposes is the laundering of money paid as bribes or appropriated outright from a foreign government. This last issue involves the continuing saga of the 1 MDB scandal involving the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

In one of the latest iterations of the scandal, U.S. regulators are investigating a $2.2 billion purchase of a U.S. energy company, Coastal Energy by the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund. The allegation is that $50 million of the purchase price was provided by Jho Low, who is alleged to have been involved in the looting of the 1 MDB fund....

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