UPDATE 2-Ship leasing firm SBM Offshore says U.S. re-opens bribery probe

miércoles 10 de febrero de 2016 14:31 GYT

* Company sets aside $245m for settlement in Brazil

* CEO Chabas says scope of U.S. inquiry unclear

* SBM settled with Dutch, U.S. prosecutors for $240 mln in 2014

* SBM's sales agents had paid $200 mln in bribes in 2007-2011 (Adds CEO comments on investigation)

By Anthony Deutsch

AMSTERDAM, Feb 10 (Reuters) - SBM Offshore, the world's top oil production ship leasing company, said on Wednesday that U.S. authorities had re-opened an inquiry into bribery allegations involving the Dutch company.

The company reached a record $240 million settlement in November 2014 with Dutch and U.S. authorities relating to corruption charges in Angola, Brazil and Equatorial Guinea, over an estimated $200 million in bribes paid between 2007 and 2011.

SBM Offshore said in a statement it was setting aside a further $245 million for a possible settlement with Brazilian authorities, although the timing of that settlement was unclear.

The company, which generates roughly 60 percent of revenue in Brazil, has been in talks with the Brazilian comptroller general's office about a leniency deal related to the corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras.   Continuación...