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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Workers Of The World, Comply

Tomorrow is May 1st — also known as May Day or International Workers’ Day — a public holiday in much of the world, including our present location. It’s a day to honor workers and their achievements, and to give people a well-timed spring holiday.… Continue Reading

Fear And Greed And The FCPA

We’ve noticed that when prices for energy and other commodities climb, there’s more public corruption. Spiking prices, after all, mean fatter margins for producers and proportionately more insecurity for consumers. Meanwhile, middlemen see nothing but opportunities.… Continue Reading

Ex-World Bank Manager Sentenced For FCPA Offense

The Justice Department has announced the April 22, 2008 sentencing of former World Bank employee, Ramendra Basu. The Indian national and U.S. permanent resident received 15 months in prison for conspiring to award World Bank contracts to consultants in exchange for kickbacks and for helping a contractor bribe a foreign official in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

Boom Times For The FCPA Business

Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein writes in today’s paper here about the boom for law firms, accountants, investigators, computer forensics specialists, compliance consultants, conference organizers, “risk mitigators” and others triggered by the recent increase in enforcement activity, internal investigations and self-reporting under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

U.K. Government Appeals BAE Decision

The U.K. government is appealing the High Court’s ruling that the Serious Fraud Office broke the law in shutting down an investigation into BAE’s sale of jet fighters to Saudi Arabia.… Continue Reading

These Opinions Really Matter . . .

When the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act became law in 1977, it ignited suspicions outside Washington that the government was planning a clever ambush, like a central-Florida speed trap, intended to catch unsuspecting business people and their lawyers in felonious conduct overseas.… Continue Reading

The Majesty of the Law

We admit to being stunned. Boggled, bowled over, dumbfounded, floored and flabbergasted (thanks, Roget’s). We never expected the British High Court to disturb the U.K.’s somnolent status quo in the fight against international public corruption, by ruling that the Serious Fraud Office broke the law in dropping its investigation of BAE.… Continue Reading

The Week In Review

Friday’s coming just in time. We’ve used up more than our alloted pixels this week, but it wasn’t our fault. There was Jack Grynberg’s riveting tell-all complaint against his former big-oil partners, fresh allegations of cover-up or neglect or both in Seimens’ internal investigation, and rising outrage at the impotence of the law, courtesy of BAE, Prince Bandar, Mr.Continue Reading

SFO Chief Calls For US-Style Reforms

U.K.-based Ethical Corporation magazine has just released its 2008 anti-corruption special report. The 22-page publication (available by request here) is packed with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance advice, descriptions of best practices from GE and others, and lots of news and analysis about enforcement trends.… Continue Reading

All The News That Fits The Prince

Hurrays all around for the British High Court’s ruling last week. It said the Serious Fraud Office broke the law last year when, under irresistible pressure from the Blair government, it dropped an investigation into alleged bribes from British defense contractor BAE to Saudi Prince Bandar.… Continue Reading

Grynberg v. BP et al

Last week we reported here about the civil suit filed in the U.S. District Court in D.C. by Colorado-based oilman Jack Grynberg, 76, against BP, Statoil and British Gas, along with some of their current or former top executives.… Continue Reading