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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

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Cleaning up China’s FDI-rich Chongqing

In 2011, the western municipality of Chongqing attracted nearly $11 billion in inward foreign direct investment (FDI), better than Beijing’s FDI total for the same year.

The Economist Intelligence Unit predicts that in 2014, Chongqing will overtake Tianjin and Shanghai to become China’s fourth-largest overseas-investment draw.… Continue Reading

‘When the cup of endurance runs over’

In April 1963, after being jailed in Birmingham, Alabama for leading non-violent protests against segregation there, Dr. Martin Luther King saw in the newspaper a statement by eight fellow clergymen.

The local white ministers criticized ‘outside agitators’ like King and praised the Birmingham police for ‘keeping the peace.’… Continue Reading

Fallout in Mexico from Walmart allegations

Sergio Raul Arroyo Garcia, director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), has been summoned for questioning by the Congress’ Permanent Commission.

The Commission wants to hear about alleged bribes by Walmart de Mexico to open stores near Teotihuacan, and the possible damage this might have caused to UNESCO World Heritage pre-Hispanic monuments.… Continue Reading

Is Wal-Mart Armstronging America?

To “Armstrong” is defined in a prior post on the FCPA Blog as cheating and misleading your teammates and the public.

After Lance Armstrong’s act of public confession, dismissed by leading ethicists as a sham, “Armstronging” now also includes appearing to apologetically come clean while still not disclosing nor accounting for what happened, i.e.,… Continue Reading

Canada company charged for Africa bribes

A Canadian oil and gas company that self reported illegal payments to officials in Africa has been charged under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

Calgary-based Griffiths Energy International Inc.… Continue Reading

Former China compliance officer sues Siemens for retaliation

A compliance officer for Siemens’ heathcare business in China said in a federal lawsuit this week that he was fired a week after complaining about the company’s risky business practices.

Meng-Lin Liu filed a whistleblower retaliation case against Siemens under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in federal court in New York.… Continue Reading

Tone at the top of the world

In the global battle against graft, the weapon that’s most essential is also the one in shortest supply — political will.

Without it the fight is over before it starts, and corruption grows.… Continue Reading

First stop — the Archive tab

On the menu bar near the top of this page, you’ll find the Archive tab.

It’s the best way for see in a hurry what’s on the FCPA Blog.

The Tags are a subject index.… Continue Reading

Announcing TRAC + ethiXbase

Dear Friends,

We’re very excited to share some big news with you: TRAC and ethiXbase have teamed up to provide the world’s most advanced vendor compliance solution.

TRAC (TRACE Reviewed Access Code) is the first global platform that captures, assesses and shares baseline due diligence information across the supply chain, and assigns a universal ID number (TRAC Number) to all approved applicants.… Continue Reading