James Koukios and Charles Duross are quoted in this article on the top 5 FCPA developments of 2016.
James Koukios, a partner at Morrison & Foerster in Washington, DC, told Just Anti-Corruption that one case that has not received enough attention this year was that of Venezuelan businessmen Abraham Shiera Bastidas and Roberto Enrique Rincon Fernandez.
Koukios said the case “demonstrates not only DOJ’s focus on individuals but also, and more importantly, its ability to make cases through traditional law enforcement techniques rather than corporate cooperation.” PDVSA did not self-report the violations, as is common in such cases.
Speaking to Just Anti-Corruption, Morrison & Foerster partner Charles Duross said he expected other countries to step up enforcement in the new year. “Brazil and European countries like the UK, Netherlands, and possibly even France” could boost enforcement in 2017, Duross said.
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