A Guide to Recent Prosecutions Related to the PetroEcuador Scandal

While Brazil’s Operation Carwash was grabbing headlines across the world and unraveling corruption throughout Latin America, another corruption scandal, with similar far-reaching consequences but much less fanfare, was unfolding in Ecuador relating to its state-owned oil company PetroEcuador. Since 2016, Ecuador has initiated dozens of investigations against individuals and secured 16 convictions, and the DOJ’s investigation into the scandal has netted eight guilty pleas. In a guest article, James Tillen, a member at Miller Chevalier, and Nicole Gökçebay, an associate at the firm, break down the cases and the scandal’s enforcement implications. See “Bolsonaro Nepotism Allegations Upend Brazilian Corruption Investigations” (Aug. 7, 2019).

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