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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

Panalpina Expects Settlement Soon

Swiss logistics giant Panalpina said yesterday it has reserved about $110 million for an expected FCPA settlement with the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission and a seperate antitrust resolution.… Continue Reading

Green Sentence Again Delayed

Sentencing for Gerald and Patricia Green was delayed for the fourth time Thursday and rescheduled to June 3rd. The Hollywood producers were convicted last year of paying $1.8 million in bribes to a Thai official in exchange for contracts worth about $13.5 million to produce the Bangkok Film Festival.… Continue Reading

Manhandled Abroad

The SEC said today that it brought a civil enforcement action against four former employees of Dimon, Inc., now Alliance One International, Inc. It charged them with violating the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and aiding and abetting violations.… Continue Reading

Letter From Central Asia

Andy Spalding, a lawyer on a year-long Fulbright Research Grant in Mumbai, India, writes to us from time to time. Here’s his latest dispatch:

Dear FCPA Blog,

I have just returned from a week in Almaty, Kazakhstan, which your readers know to be an FCPA hot spot.… Continue Reading

Not What They Had In Mind

A U.K.-funded anti-corruption court in Afghanistan this week sentenced the manager of a British company that guards the British embassy in Kabul to two years in prison for bribery.

Bill Shaw, a 28-year British army veteran who retired as a major and was awarded the MBE, will be sent next week to one of the country’s most notorious jails, Pul-e-Charkhi, according to reports from the Guardian and others.… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong Down Under?

Australia is the world’s sixth largest country by land mass, only slightly smaller than America’s lower 48 states. With just 22 million people and abundant resources, the country exports coal, iron ore, gold, uranium, alumina, meat, wool and wheat, as well as wine, olives, fruit and vegetables.… Continue Reading

Are GM Employees Government Officials?

The end came last month for a privately-held American company called Nexus Technologies. It pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Travel Act. As part of its plea, Nexus admitted to operating “primarily through criminal means” — and it agreed to cease operations.… Continue Reading

Release 10-01 Is Here

The Justice Department yesterday issued the first FCPA Opinion Procedure Release of 2010, and the first since August 2009.

A U.S. company submitted a request on February 24 this year, with supplemental information on March 19.… Continue Reading

U.K. Court Approves Chodan Extradition

A judge in London said today that KBR’s one-time sales manager accused by the U.S. of helping bribe Nigerian officials should be extradited to Texas to face trial.

Wojciech Chodan, 71, of Maidenhead, England, who’s a U.K.… Continue Reading

No Jail For Convicted Siemens Execs

Two former senior managers from Siemens who were central actors in the company’s global bribery scandal were convicted by a criminal court in Germany Tuesday but let off with only probation and fines.… Continue Reading