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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

Open Season On The FCPA

Thanks to the DOJ’s hyper-enforcement since 2007, the FCPA is on its way to becoming one of the most famous laws in the world.

It makes news somewhere every day — in Africa, the U.K.,… Continue Reading

Beyond Balance VI: The Jurisdictional Sword Just May Cut the Other Way

 In last week’s post in this series we explained that the core purpose of the FCPA is to encourage, or require, ethical international business. Indeed, we suggested that the criterion by which FCPA reform proposals should be measured is what we might call the ethical business criterion: if a proposed reform would increase the volume of ethical business in the world, it is good; if it would do the opposite, either by relaxing ethical standards or by deterring business, it is not.… Continue Reading

SFO Expands Innospec Prosecution

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office last week charged a former sales director from Innospec with corruption relating to contracts in Indonesia.

Miltos Papachristos, 48, became the third Innospec executive to be charged by the SFO.… Continue Reading

Reading, Writing, And Compliance

A retired supreme court justice in Uganda has proposed anti-corruption training for citizens, starting with the school kids.

Professor George Kanyeihamba’s open letter to President Yoweri Museveni this week said the country’s Anti-Corruption Act of 2009 should be ‘compulsory reading for all Ugandans.’… Continue Reading

Local Laws, From Afghanistan To Zimbabwe

The FCPA Database continues to grow.

It’s the largest online collection of anti corruption legislation (more than 135 countries) and gift-giving regulations.

Recent additions to the countries covered by the gift-giving section include:


Czech Republic







Subscribers to the FCPA Database include many of the world’s best-known corporations, law firms, and other service providers.… Continue Reading

Dutch Won’t Open Old Lockheed Wound

The leader of the Dutch government has refused to open a new investigation into the role played by Prince Bernhard in the Lockheed scandal that broke in 1976.

The head of the left-wing liberal D66 party, Alexander Pechtold, asked for ‘a commission of historians .… Continue Reading

Haiti Telco Official Pleads Guilty

A former director of state-owned Telecommunications D’Haiti accused of accepting bribes has pleaded guilty in Miami to conspiracy to launder money.

Patrick Joseph, 46, agreed to cooperate with the DOJ in exchange for consideration of a lighter sentence.… Continue Reading

Africa’s Oil And Gas Corruption In The Spotlight

The NGO Global Witness has published a new report that says governments in Africa are awarding concessions and production contracts to shell companies that may have ties to government officials.

“Rigged: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil, Gas and Minerals” describes how joint ventures between international oil and gas firms and shell companies may be hiding corruption and helping fund crooked regimes.… Continue Reading