Serious Fraud Office | Petrofac Bribery | Rosenblatt’s Financial Crime Team

25th February 2021

On 14th January 2021 David Lufkin, former Global Head of Sales at Petrofac, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to three counts of bribery relating to corrupt payments to influence the award of $3.3bn contracts.

Serious Fraud Office Investigation | Rosenblatt’s Financial Crime Team

In relation to the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) ongoing investigation into Petrofac and its subsidiaries, Mr Lufkin’s guilty plea concerned corrupt offers and payments made between 2012 and 2018. Mr Lufkin offered and made corrupt payments to agents to influence the award of two contracts in Abu Dhabi: An engineering, procurement and construction contract in 2013 and a front-end engineering design contract in 2014. A total of $30m were made or due to be made to influence the contract awards.

In February 2019 Mr Lufkin also pleaded guilty to eleven charges of bribery brought by the SFO relating to the award of contracts in Iraq worth more than $730m and Saudi Arabia worth more than $3.5bn.

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Mr Lufkin’s case was committed for sentence to Southwark Crown Court on 11 February 2021, however sentencing was adjourned.

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