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Doing Business in Brazil after Operation Car Wash (B)

Published 20 Jan 2021
Reference 6404
Topic Strategy
Region South America
Summary

This is a follow-up to case A, which describes Operation “Lava Jato” (Car Wash) in Brazil, one of biggest anti-corruption investigations in the world. It laid bare the shady relationships between government contractors, political campaign agencies and high-profile politicians in what were known as ‘pay-for-play’ schemes – bribes and campaign contributions paid by major corporations to officials and political parties in exchange for lucrative government contracts that were over-invoiced to ‘cover the costs’. Case B describes the latest developments until the end of 2020, including how former Judge Sergio Moro joined, then resigned from President Bolsonaro’s government, corruption scandals related to Covid-19, and discusses the changes that Operation Car Wash brought to companies in Brazil, namely Petrobras and Odebrecht.

Teaching objectives

The aim is to discuss how doing business in Brazil is being transformed by one of the largest corruption probes in history. More broadly, it allows instructors to examine institutional changes in emerging markets and their implications for business.

Keywords
  • corruption
  • emerging markets
  • Car Wash
  • Lava-Jato
  • Brazil
  • Sergio Moro
  • Institutional change
  • Latin America
  • Q12021