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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

Shenzhen and Zhuhai roll out business registration reforms

Shenzhen, China – November 4, 2012: Outside a McDonalds franchise restaurant in central Shenzhen (photo courtesy of iStock)On March 1, Shenzhen and Zhuhai (Guangdong Province) became the first mainland Chinese cities to implement new business-registration rules designed to significantly reduce the bureaucratic hurdles involved in applying for and renewing operating licenses.… Continue Reading

Back to basics

March roared into central Virginia this week like a lion.

The snow was heavy and deep. Trees fell and power lines flashed, sizzled, and snapped.

An old shallow fireplace from the late 1700s, now converted to gas logs but once used for cooking and warmth, came back into service.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Grand Medicina

Country: Russia

Company Involved: Grand Medicina

Industry: Health Care

Industry Subsector: Medical Equipment

Official Involved: Sergei Bezyayev, deputy head of the Moscow Oncology Institute

Enforcement Action: Arrest

Summary:  Sergei Bezyayev was detained on suspicion of taking a $960,000 bribe from a representative of medical equipment supplier Grand Medicina in exchange for state contracts.… Continue Reading

China Corruption Blotter (March 8, 2013)

According to the Supreme People’s Court, of all people convicted of corruption, bribery, or dereliction of duty from 2008 onwards, 23% were given heavy sentences (i.e., sentences of ten years or more, including death sentences and suspended death sentences), and 38% were given no jail time.… Continue Reading