SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&F BOVESPA: EMBR3) announces to its shareholders and the market that it has finalized definitive agreements (Final Agreements) with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the settlement of the allegations of criminal and civil violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The Company also finalized a term of undertaking (termo de compromisso e de ajustamento de conduta, TCAC) with the Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (Ministerio Publico Federal, MPF) and the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) for the resolution of allegations of violations of certain Brazilian laws.
Under the Final Agreements with the DOJ and the SEC:
- We agreed to pay US$98.2 million to the SEC (of which up to US$20.0 million may be deducted if such amount is actually paid to the MPF and the CVM under the TCAC, as described below), as disgorgement of profits, and US$107.3 million to the DOJ, as penalty for one count of conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery and books and records provisions of the FCPA and one count of violating the internal controls provisions of the FCPA.
- The DOJ agreed to defer prosecution for three years for the acts acknowledged by us in a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA), after which period the charges will be dismissed if the Company does not violate the terms of the DPA.
- We agreed to an external and independent monitorship for a period of up to three years to assess compliance with the Final Agreements, especially regarding effectiveness of controls and procedures to reduce the risk of any FCPA violations.
Simultaneously with the Final Agreements, we finalized a TCAC with the MPF and the CVM to settle any potential claims that could be brought in court (acao civil publica) or through administrative proceedings (processo administrativo sancionador) in Brazil. The TCAC has also been approved by the relevant authorities and is fully effective.
Under the TCAC, we acknowledged violations of certain Brazilian laws between 2007 and 2011 and agreed to:
- Pay a total of R$ 64 million to a Brazilian federal fund (Fundo de Defesa dos Direitos Difusos), as disgorgement of illegal profits, damages, and as a deterrent against similar practices. The amount payable under the TCAC is to be deducted from the amount payable under the Final Agreements.
- Cooperate with the MPF and the CVM in lawsuits and administrative proceedings against individuals arising out of the acts acknowledged in the TCAC.
Under the TCAC, the MPF and the CVM acknowledged that (i) we voluntarily conducted a broad internal investigation, which assisted in uncovering facts that were the subject of criminal and administrative investigations, and (ii) we approached the Brazilian authorities pro-actively and in good faith, and they agreed that:
- The MPF will not file suit (acao civil publica andacao de improbidade administrativa) against us arising out of the acts we have acknowledged and will terminate proceedings now underway.
- The CVM will end an ongoing administrative proceeding arising out of the acts we have acknowledged.
- The MPF and the CVM will inform other Brazilian federal agencies of the terms of the TCAC and cooperate with us in seeking that these agencies take the TCAC into consideration should other proceedings regarding the acknowledged acts be brought.
The Final Agreements and the TCAC represent the conclusion of the internal investigation of allegations of noncompliance with the FCPA and certain Brazilian laws in some aircraft sales outside Brazil.
Jose Antonio de Almeida Filippo
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Investor Relations Officer
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