Oil & Gas

Mol Group chief executive convicted of bribery

A Croatian court convicted the head of Hungary’s biggest energy group on bribery charges relating to the acquisition of the Balkan nation’s oil company, complicating what’s been one of eastern Europe’s most intractable cross-border corporate conflicts of the past decade.

Oil & Gas

Croatian ex-PM Sanader’s oil graft convictions sent for retrial

Croatia's Constitutional Court has annulled two corruption convictions against former prime minister Ivo Sanader and ordered a retrial. Sanader, prime minister from 2004 to 2009, had been convicted of taking a bribe from the Hungarian oil group MOL in 2008 to allow it to take a dominant stake in Croatia's biggest utility, the oil firm INA, and also of taking a bribe from Austria's Hypo Bank in 1994 and 1995, when he was deputy foreign minister.

Oil & Gas

Petrobras tries to halt investor suits as bribery probe widens

Petroleo Brasileiro SA is heading into a Manhattan courtroom Thursday to ask a judge to throw out investor lawsuits triggered by the multibillion-dollar bribery scandal that’s rocking Brazil’s economy and its political elite. Less than a week after police detained the chief executives of Brazil’s two biggest builders in connection with the kickback probe, the state-owned energy giant is asking that the investor cases be dismissed, saying it was swindled by renegade employees who traded construction contracts for payoffs.