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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

Balanced enforcement deters bribery

Enforcement is a greater deterrent, in my opinion, if directed at both corporations and individuals.

Here’s why.

While corporations are legal persons, they are typically incorporeal. They rely on natural persons (employees, agents or officers) to act on their behalf.… Continue Reading

Corruption video stars in Venezuelan election

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)In the run-up to Venezuela’s presidential election, opposition candidate Henrique Capriles’ aid and a National Assembly deputy, Juan Carlos Caldera, had to step down after a video was released showing him taking $9,300 from a blurry figure.… Continue Reading

Supremes will consider bad acts overseas

This year’s fabled First Monday in October when the U.S. Supreme Court opens its new Term will be especially interesting for those of us who follow international business issues. The first case scheduled for oral argument in the new term is Kiobel v.Continue Reading

Changping graft-busters learn to spot ‘tells’

The anti-corruption bureau of the Changping district procuratorate has begun to implement techniques for reading “micro-expressions” of corruption suspects during questioning.  
 
To prepare themselves for the new interrogation style, the corruption-fighters reportedly completed more than a year of “theoretical work” in collaboration with the Legal Information Centre of the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.… Continue Reading

U.K. anti-corruption enforcement threatened by budget cuts

After the fanfare of the U.K.’s Bribery Act 2010, which was predicted to bring about a significant upswing in national and global anti-corruption enforcement, the Government has proceeded to cut the budget of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the main enforcement agency, from £50 million in 2008/9 to below £30 million for 2013/14.… Continue Reading

Corruption (and compliance) start in the corner office

Company versus individual prosecution: which is effective in deterring overseas corruption? The answer  is “both” and “neither.”

The problem of “overseas corruption” is not  “overseas.” It’s in the corner office.

If a CEO and senior officers want to take on the management challenge of stopping bribery, the tools are readily available.… Continue Reading

Indian debarments may be crippling modernization

India’s practice of blacklisting defense firms that engage in corrupt activity has sparked debate over whether the practice has affected the modernization of the world’s fourth largest army.

This year alone, the government blacklisted four foreign armament firms after a top military official confessed to accepting bribes.… Continue Reading

Get ready for human trafficking compliance

President Obama on Tuesday ordered enactment within six months of new federal regulations requiring strict compliance with the government’s zero-tolerance policy on human trafficking.

Anyone supplying goods or services to the government will have to comply by ensuring they don’t use misleading or fraudulent recruitment practices; charge recruitment fees; confiscate, hold, or conceal identity documents of any kind; or fail to pay repatriation costs for certain employees.… Continue Reading

From France, the enforcement news isn’t all bad

Antique engraving of Palais de Justice, Paris, France. Published in Systematische Bilder-Gallerie, Karlsruhe und Freiburg (1839). Courtesy of iStockThe extra-territorial reach of the FCPA and its impact are perhaps no better evidenced than by the colossal fines paid by Siemens in 2008.… Continue Reading