UN Oil for Food Program
As part of a UN investigation into possible corruption in the Iraqi Oil-for-Food program, FRA carried out a forensic accounting review and eDiscovery exercise.
In April 2004, the United Nations (UN) assigned Paul Volcker to research possible corruption in the Iraqi Oil-for-Food (OFF) program. In the report summarizing its research, Volcker criticized Kojo Annan, son of then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and the Swiss company Cotecna Inspection SA, Kojo’s employer, for trying to conceal their relationship.
FRA was instructed to carry out a forensic accounting review and data governance exercise. The assignment involved a review of the performance of the inspection agent under the OFF program, as well as a forensic accounting analysis of all payments to key individuals.
FRA partner Frances McLeod reported to six congressional investigations, the Swiss federal and cantonal investigations, and to the Independent Inquiry Committee established by the UN.
We were separately retained by UK-based chemical company Innospec when it was under investigation for bribery of Iraqi officials during the UN Oil-for-Food program. The assignment involved both forensic accounting and data governance work in the UK, the US, and Switzerland.
Volker concluded in his March, 2005, report that "there [was] no evidence that the selection of Cotecna, in 1998, was subject to improper influence of the Secretary General in the bidding or selection process."
The Innospec case was the first to be settled jointly by the DOJ and the SFO, concluding with a Deferred Prosecution Agreement in the US and a civil settlement of alleged offences in the UK.
International Arbitration Related to Commodity Trading
FRA was approached by the plaintiff in a $1.5bn claim in an international commercial arbitration to provide expert reports and witness testimony that proved in the arbitration finding for the plaintiff.More info
Holocaust Restitution Claims Administration
FRA was retained separately by Swiss and German authorities to build claims administration systems for hundreds of thousands of holocaust survivors, facilitating the disbursement of hundreds of millions of dollars over five years. These were among firm's first engagements after our founding at the turn of the century.More info
Arbitration involving Bribery and Corruption
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Expert Witness to the Quebec Superior Court
FRA provided pro-bono support to a Canadian individual who brought a case to the Quebec Superior Court to challenge the Canadian Criminal Code law that allows police officers to make traffic stops without suspecting any offence being committed.More info
Responding to a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR)
FRA supported a client's response to an ex-employee's Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) with a limited time period to respond. FRA applied a DSAR solution to gain a holistic view of more than 900,000 documents, eliminate redundancies; redact confidential information, and deliver a complete and structured response.More info
FRA was engaged by Petrofac and its external counsel to support the company’s plea discussions with the SFO, which had been investigating the company for several years in relation to bribery allegations contrary to the UK Bribery Act.More info
International Not-for-Profit Organization
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A European bank approached FRA to perform an initial evaluation of its exposure related to customers allegedly involved in money laundering activities. This was of concern to the client given the potential regulatory, financial and reputational implications for the bank.More info
Middle-East Telecommunications Company
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International Event and Talent Management Company
An employee of an international talent agency left the company and took with them several high-profile clients to a direct competitor.More info
Class-action Lawsuit challenging Solitary Confinement in US Prisons
FRA was approached by our client, White & Case, to provide pro bono support to the ACLU in their federal class-action lawsuit seeking to end solitary confinement in two Virginia prisons.More info
Nordic Telecommunications Company
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Multinational Transport Engineering Company
FRA was retained by US counsel to Alstom (market cap: over $10 billion) to assist with defending a US securities class action suit. The case involved allegations around export credit financing of a division that Alstom had sold to a third party.More info
Multinational Insurance Firm
FRA was retained by a major European-headquartered insurer (market cap: over $60 billion) involved in a legal dispute with a US client. The US-based litigation required a potentially wide-ranging and costly eDiscovery exercise.More info
FRA advised Airbus and its counsel from the early stages in designing a robust and forensically based approach to the investigation, customising a data governance strategy alongside compliance risk assessment and remediation support, as well as the eventual fine calculation.More info
Following the imposition of a monitor in a joint resolution by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Technip retained FRA to review the company’s anti-bribery measures and export control compliance program, provide forensic accounting and eDiscovery services and train the client’s internal audit staff to autonomously conduct future internal reviews.More info
Rolls-Royce plc, the UK-based manufacturer and distributor of power systems for the aerospace, defense, marine and energy sectors, was under investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Brazilian authorities in relation to an alleged long-running scheme to bribe governmentMore info