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April 17, 2020

Posted  April 17, 2020

Italian oilfield services company Eni S.p.A. agreed to pay a total of $24.5 million in disgorgement and interest to resolve charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Eni, which has ADRs listed on the NY Stock Exchange, is alleged to have used its subsidiary, Saipem S.p.A. to make payments of $215 million under sham agreements with an intermediary to assist in securing contracts with Algeria’s state-owned oil company.  The intermediary had no qualifications in any relevant field, no office, and no staff – but was known to be “like a son” to the Algerian energy minister.  Eni failed to accurately record the nature of the intermediary payments in its books and records.  SEC

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