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UK hot on Alstom probe

(Reuters)
Filed on June 15, 2014

The paper said Britain’s Attorney-General — the government’s chief legal adviser — has given permission for the SFO to prosecute the company and former employees for alleged overseas bribery if considered appropriate.

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office, or SFO, is pursuing its investigation of alleged corruption at Alstom as a major transatlantic takeover battle for the French engineering conglomerate reaches a climax, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

The paper said Britain’s Attorney-General — the government’s chief legal adviser — has given permission for the SFO to prosecute the company and former employees for alleged overseas bribery if considered appropriate.

The paper also said the SFO has notified seven individuals that they are under investigation.

The SFO declined to comment and no comment was immediately available from the Attorney-General’s office.

The FT said the SFO, which opened its probe into the company over four years ago, has invited the company for discussions which could pre-empt any decision to file charges.

The reported moves come at a sensitive time for Alstom, which is expected soon to receive a joint offer from Germany’s Siemens and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for its turbine businesses. That approach would counter an existing $17 billion offer from US conglomerate General Electric for Alstom’s power arm.

An Alstom spokeswoman in Paris declined to comment on the specifics of the FT story but said: “Alstom continues to work constructively with the authorities to address any allegations of past misconduct.”





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