August 29, 2019 — Saud Advogados, which works in cooperation with Hughes Hubbard, has been shortlisted for two Global Investigations Review (GIR) awards for its representation of global oil services provider TechnipFMC (TFMC) in its $301.3 million foreign bribery settlement.
The Brazilian law firm was nominated for “Boutique or Regional Investigations Practice of the Year” and “Most Important Development in the Practice or Law of International Investigations of the Past Year.”
GIR’s fifth annual awards ceremony will be held on Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C., at the Four Seasons Hotel. The black-tie event will celebrate the investigations lawyers and practices that have impressed most in the past year. It is held in aid of Swawou Layout Girl’s School in Kenema, Sierra Leone, which helps disadvantaged girls in the region.
In June, London-based TFMC resolved allegations dating back over a decade ago that the company bribed officials in Brazil. The settlement was the first one negotiated jointly by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Brazilian authorities. The settlement was featured in a tweet by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and garnered headlines in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Law360, all major Brazilian newspapers and television newscasts and other news sources.
Salim Saud led the team in Brazil, which included Bernardo Viana, Caroline Rosa, Antonio Pimentel, Ana Chaves, Leonardo Kozlowski , Lorena Monteiro, Giovanna Sérvulo, Giovanna Siqueira, Isabelly Nunes, Maria Eduarda Jacobina and Matheus Leone . Kevin Abikoff and Bryan Sillaman led the engagement for HHR, with substantial assistance from Mathieu Rossignol. Several other HHR attorneys have participated in various aspects of the investigation over time, including Daniel McLaughlin, Benjamin Britz, Michael DeBernardis and Jonathan Zygielbaum.