U.S. Department of Justice closes Vantage Drilling bribery probe

Offshore drilling contractor Vantage Drilling International said on Wednesday an investigation into the company’s possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act regarding alleged improper payment in Brazil had been completed.
The company said it had received a letter from the United States Department of Justice  acknowledging Vantage’s full cooperation in the DOJ’s investigation concerning possible violations by Vantage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and indicating that the DOJ has closed its investigation without any action.
Vantage reminded that the investigation had been launched in 2015 from allegations of improper payments to former officials of Brazil’s national oil company Petrobras in connection with the contracting of the Titanium Explorer drillship to Petrobras.
Ihab Toma, Vantage’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased with the closure of the DOJ’s investigation. Vantage has been, and remains, firmly committed to conducting its operations in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the FCPA.”
It is the Company’s understanding that the parallel investigation by the SEC remains open at this time, and Vantage continues to cooperate with the SEC with regard to that investigation, Vantage said.