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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

Did Dahdaleh Choose A U.K. Arrest?

Did Alcoa’s former super-agent Victor Dahdaleh, left, engineer his own arrest in London last week  to avoid indictment and prosecution in the United States?

We don’t know the answer. But there are plenty of reasons why the sixty-three old billionaire might have done that.… Continue Reading

Avon Discloses SEC Investigation

Avon Products confirmed Thursday that the SEC has issued a formal order of investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Avon’s disclosure appeared in its quarterly report filed with the SEC.… Continue Reading

Why Benchmarking Matters

Jeff Kaplan makes many good points about best practices ― among them, that benchmarking FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance is not only about operational excellence. The benchmarking has legal significance.… Continue Reading

Esquenazi Jailed 15 Years, Rodriguez Gets 7 Years

The DOJ said Tuesday that Joel Esquenazi, 52, the former president of Terra Telecommunications Corp., was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the Haiti telco bribery case — the longest FCPA-related prison term in history.… Continue Reading

The Sentencing Guidelines: Field Notes On A 20-Year Experiment

Next Tuesday marks the twentieth anniversary of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations, and their highly influential compliance and ethics program standards.

Because these standards are now well-established, it is easy to forget just how path breaking the Guidelines approach ― which entails providing both guidance and incentives for compliance programs ― was at the time.… Continue Reading

DOJ Hits African Kleptocrat

The Justice Department said today it has filed civil forfeiture complaints against the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea to recover $70.8 million in real and personal property located in the United States.… Continue Reading

Former Innospec Exec Charged In London

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office said today that a former Innospec business unit director was charged with conspiring to make corrupt payments to public officials in Indonesia and Iraq to secure sales of the company’s products.… Continue Reading

Alcoa Agent Arrested In U.K.

The Serious Fraud Office on Monday said Victor Dahdaleh, Alcoa’s former agent for sales to Bahrain, was arrested in London and charged with corruption.

Dahdaleh, 63, a dual citizen of Britain and Canada who lives in Belgravia, London, is alleged to have bribed officials of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.… Continue Reading

Welcome to Corruption, Crime & Compliance

It goes without saying that businesses face significant risks. The Obama Administration has targeted businesses using aggressive tactics, strict enforcement policies and unprecedented criminal prosecutions.

In my new blog, Corruption, Crime & Compliance, I’ll provide readers with information about current issues relating to anti-corruption enforcement and compliance, criminal prosecutions and defense, and compliance strategies and programs.… Continue Reading