OHL opens an internal investigation to detect bad practices in the ‘Lezo case’

  • Baker & McKenzie specialists will investigate the years 2009 to 2014
  • The listed company recalls that no current or past manager has been convicted

OHL has opened a “Exhaustive internal investigation” to determine if bad practices were committed by employees or former construction company workers related to alleged payments of alleged commissions between 2009 and 2014, as reported in company sources.

The company contracted to the Baker & McKenzie signature as an independent advisor to carry out this ‘forensic’ investigation, that is, related to this type of irregular act. The investigation extends over the around half a dozen employees and managers, whether or not they are already in the company, they are investigated in the framework of separate piece number 8 of the so-called ‘Lezo case’, which analyzes alleged illegal acts in public works contracts between the aforementioned years.

According to the same sources, the analysis seeks to determine whether said employees “complied with the strict good governance procedures and ‘compliance’ of the company ”.

OHL opened this investigation, and hired said firm to undertake it, when a little over a month ago the summary secret was lifted of this piece of the case and within the framework of its “maximum willingness of the company to collaborate with justice,” according to these sources, who recall that the company is not involved in the case.

The president of OHL, Juan Villar-Mir de Fuentes, was the one who announced the opening of this investigation in his initial intervention before the general meeting of shareholders of the company.

“We have opened an internal investigation to check the malpractice prevention model of the company, detect possible failures and propose improvements ”, assured Villar-Mir. On his side, the CEO of the company, Juan Antonio Fernández Gallar, indicated that for the moment “nothing has appeared”.

“ZERO TOLERANCE”

Villar-Mir framed this initiative in the company’s policy of “zero tolerance” for corruption, of “compliance with the best practices of good governance, and of integrity, ethics and transparency”, commitments that he confronted with the information that appeared on said cases.

The president of OHL assured not to evade said information, although considers that they are “little nuanced and vague” and before them he insisted on opposing the “high degree of commitment” of the group with good governance from its origins and “especially for 17 years.”

At this point, he detailed the different instruments articulated at that time within the company, such as the Code of Good Conduct, the Code of Ethics and the anti-corruption policy, the latter approved in 2015. “All these instruments confirm the high degree of commitment that the group has and will have with the best good governance practices,” said Villar-Mir.

Along the same lines, he ratified his commitment to “maximum collaboration with Justice” and stressed that “no manager or employee of the group has been convicted for some case of corruption ”.