Honeywell’s Well-Done Damage Control? How It Settled the Petrobras Problem and Dodged a Monitor

In a deal that in some measure is emblematic of recent DOJ policy statements on matters like cooperation and prior criminal history, Honeywell entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement to resolve a criminal charge alleging the company conspired to violate the FCPA by offering a $4 million bribe to a former Petrobras executive. While resolution of the matter represents a bit of an expensive payout of $160 million, Honeywell UOP managed to avoid a criminal conviction as well as the imposition of a monitor—even though it did not voluntarily disclose and its corporate parent has a few blemishes in its criminal background. “The Honeywell case is a perfect example of how Honeywell maximized damage control,” said Michael Himmel, a partner at Lowenstein Sandler. This is the first article in a two-part series on the resolution. See “How the Revised Monaco Memo Alters Deal Making and Strategy” (Oct. 12, 2022) and “A PR Blitz as DOJ Fine-Tunes Its Corporate Enforcement Policies” (Sep. 28, 2022).

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