SEC Requires $5.4 Million Payment in First-Ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement

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The Securities and Exchange Commission entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Tenaris S.A. in the SEC's first-ever use of such agreement to facilitate and reward cooperation with the SEC. When Tenaris, a global manufacturer of steel pipe products, conducted a worldwide internal review of its operations and controls, it discovered that its personnel in Uzbekistan violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by bribing Uzbekistani government officials to secure an advantage during a bidding process to supply pipelines for transporting natural gas. Tenaris informed the SEC of the violation. The SEC alleged that Tenaris made almost $5 million in profits when it was awarded several contracts as a result of the alleged bribery.

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