Eletrobras hires US law firm to evaluate possible corruption cases

miércoles 10 de junio de 2015 17:44 GYT
 

SAO PAULO, June 10 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-run power company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA has hired U.S. law firm Hogan Lovells to assess possible cases of corruption in some of the projects the company is involved in.

Eletrobras, as the company is known, said in a filing to the Brazilian market regulator that the law firm will check whether there were practices which violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The projects to be scrutinized will be selected based on their financial relevance to the company and on their relationships with construction companies already being investigated by Brazilian authorities in the so-called Operation Car Wash, focused on state-run oil company Petrobras.

Eletrobras also said that internal units assigned to investigate possible wrongdoings are progressing with evaluations and that it will inform investors of their findings as soon as they are available. (Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)