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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

Total, CEO face French criminal case

The Total building (Total HQ) in la Défense near Paris, France (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)Here’s the disclosure from Total SA’s Form 6-K (Report of Foreign Private Issuer) filed with the SEC on April 29, 2013 dealing with a criminal investigation in France of the company, its chairman and CEO, and other employees:

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Several countries have launched investigations concerning possible violations related to the United Nations (UN) Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq.… Continue Reading

Brazil anti-corruption bill moves forward, sort of

A key vote has occurred in the Brazilian legislature on its anti-corruption bill, the Clean Company Act. And anti-corruption advocates may deem it only a partial success.

Recall that though Brazil was among the original 1997 signatories to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery, its eventual statute imposed liability only on natural persons and not on companies.… Continue Reading

Total carries forward $398 million for possible FCPA settlement

Here’s the complete FCPA disclosure from Total SA’s Form 6-K (Report of Foreign Private Issuer) filed with the SEC on April 29, 2013:

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In 2003, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) followed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) issued a formal order directing an investigation in connection with the pursuit of business in Iran by certain oil companies including, among others, TOTAL.… Continue Reading

Job: Associate Director, Compliance Investigations

Job Title: Associate Director, Compliance Investigations

Company: Forest Laboratories

Location: New York, NY

Job Scope: The Associate Director, Compliance Investigations will manage the company’s compliance investigations function, with emphasis on matters relating to sales, marketing, and health care compliance. … Continue Reading

Mining sector investigations spread to U.K.

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office said Thursday it has launched a criminal investigation of London-listed mining company ENRC plc.

‘The focus of the investigation will be allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption relating to the activities of the company or its subsidiaries in Kazakhstan and Africa,’ the SFO said in a statement.… Continue Reading

China Corruption Blotter (April 26, 2013)

A government official surnamed Guo recently died after drinking to excess at a banquet held in his honor in the Hechuan district of Chongqing, according to online allegations. Jiang Yonghua, Party secretary of Heyangcheng subdistrict, was removed from his post amid a district-level probe into the matter.… Continue Reading