May 24, 2022
Switzerland-based mining and commodity trading firm Glencore International A.G.
and an affiliate have agreed to pay over $1.1 billion
in criminal penalties and forfeitures, and will plead guilty to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and conspiracy to engage in commodity price manipulation. In addition, the companies will pay over $1.186 billion
in civil penalties and disgorgement in settlement with the CFTC. As part of the criminal plea agreement, Glencore admitted that between 2007 and 2018, it corruptly provided more than $100 million in payments and other things of value to intermediaries for the payment of bribes to officials in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil, Venezuela, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With respect to the commodity price manipulation scheme, the CFTC found that from as early as 2007 through at least 2018, Glencore sought to increase profits from its physical and derivatives oil products trading by manipulating or attempting to manipulate four U.S. based S&P Global Platts physical oil benchmarks and related futures and swaps. Criminal fines and forfeitures total over $700 million for the FCPA violations and nearly $486 million for the for the market manipulation violations, which amounts are subject to credits for amounts paid to the CFTC and foreign authorities including the United Kingdom. The $1.186 billion CFTC resolution will also be reduced, with Glencore receiving credit for payments in the criminal resolutions. DOJ
; USAO SDNY