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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

The biggest anti-corruption story of 2012

U.S. Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, co-sponsored the Magnitsky ActPresident Obama signed into law in December the Magnitsky Act. It targets travel and economic sanctions against those responsible for the jailing and death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.… Continue Reading

Putin plans to sign Russia adoption ban

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he’ll sign a bill that bans Americans from adopting Russian children.

The Russian parliament approved the bill Wednesday.  It will become law if Putin signs it.… Continue Reading

China Corruption Blotter (December 28, 2012)

According to Chinese reports, two unnamed hospitals in Shangrao City (Jiangxi Province) were recently fined by the authorities for paying kickbacks to medical personnel in exchange for patient referrals for CT scans and other tests.… Continue Reading

2012: The year in declinations

Graphic reprinted with permission of Miller & Chevalier CharteredFCPA declinations — decisions not to prosecute a company after an investigation — are hard to track.

Generally the DOJ and SEC don’t reveal anything about declinations.… Continue Reading

China survey: bribes eat big chunk of developers’ profits

Results of a recent survey strongly suggest China’s real-estate sector is straining under a massive burden of bribery.
One hundred and thirty-four property developers from three provincial capitals — Wuhan (Hubei Province), Guangzhou (Guangdong Province), and Nanjing (Jiangsu Province) — participated in the survey, which was run by Zhang Hongxia, an assistant professor at Hubei University of Education.… Continue Reading

Merry Christmas from the FCPA Blog Team

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The staff of the FCPA Blog. (L to R) Richard L. Cassin, Benjamin Kessler, April Mae Nicolas, Cesar Oliveira, Chua Guan Cheong, Dhurrga Ettikan, Gonzalo Sanchez-Jara, Maria Dolores Hernandez Jimenez, Kelly Lee, Zhang Min, Melanie LansakaraContinue Reading

Magazine bashes FCPA, defends Wal-Mart

An article in the National Review Friday slammed the FCPA and the DOJ’s enforcement of it.

And it cast Wal-Mart as a victim of an unclear law, forced to pay at least $100 million so far for an unnecessary internal investigation, and potentially on the hook for much more because of what it called facilitating payments to low-level bureaucrats in Mexico.Continue Reading

Judge Leon rejects SEC, IBM settlement

A federal judge Thursday angrily rejected a proposed 2011 settlement between the SEC and IBM, saying the  company should be required to report all accounting violations and not just FCPA anti-bribery problems.… Continue Reading