In this April 12, 2018 photo, Olga Pontes, chief compliance officer at construction company Odebrecht, poses for a photo after an interview with The Associated Press, at the company's headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, April 12, 2018. While Odebrecht, who ran one of Latin Ameica's most brazen bribery schemes, appears to have made much progress toward changing its culture of corruption, questions remain about the influence of the Odebrecht family and whether the firm can regain trust, particularly abroad. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SAO PAULO (AP) - On the sixteenth floor of the headquarters of Odebrecht[1], the construction company at the center of one of the largest graft scandals in history, the executive charged with stamping out corruption insists the firm has changed its ways.

Meanwhile, at the reception area downstairs, a justice official delivers the latest subpoena from Brazilian investigators to question company employees.

The contrasting currents sum up the situation for what used to be one of the most powerful businesses in Latin America as it works to move beyond an astonishing scandal that upended the political order in Brazil[2], brought down Peru[3]’s president and continues to have ripple effects in other nations.

“We have only one chance to change, and to change definitively,” said Olga Pontes, chief compliance officer, during an interview with The Associated Press. “We can’t make mistakes.”

While the company has made considerable efforts to change its culture, questions remain about whether the firm can regain trust, particularly abroad, after years of funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into the pockets of politicians, elected officials, political parties and executives to win construction mega-projects in Brazil[4] and across the region.

There is also the question of whether a company that built an empire in part by skirting the rules can now thrive while playing by them. While the company continues to function - earlier this month Odebrecht[5] Engineering and Construction announced a $600 million deal to build a port in Espirito Santo state - its sales have plunged by one third.

“I don’t know how Odebrecht[6] will ever recover,” said Jose Carlos Martins, chairman of the Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Construction. “And what will they do if a competitor appears and does everything they used to do?”

In December 2016, Odebrecht[7] and Braskem, a petrochemical subsidiary, reached an agreement with American, Brazilian and Swiss justice officials to pay $3.5 billion in penalties in what the U.S. Department of Justice called “the largest foreign bribery case in history.”

At that point, Odebrecht[8] had become engulfed in Brazil[9]’s Operation Carwash corruption investigation, making cooperation with authorities arguably its only option to avoid dissolution. In early 2016, former CEO Marcelo Odebrecht, one of the country’s richest and most powerful men, was sentenced to more than 19 years in prison....

As part of the deal, Odebrecht[10] agreed to independent monitoring teams from the U.S. and Brazil[11]. More than a year into that process, Otavio Yazbek, the leader of the Brazilian monitoring group, says Odebrecht[12] has gone from having no internal measures to fight corruption to a sophisticated compliance plan.“They are committed to change,” said Yazbek, a lawyer and former commissioner on Brazil[13]’s securities and exchange commission. “Odebrecht[14] for

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