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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

‘Misconduct is an outlier in an ethical culture’

The SEC’s associate director of enforcement, Stephen L. Cohen, left, had some great things to say when he spoke this week at the SCCE Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

Here’s part of what he said:

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I am surprised how infrequently companies try to persuade us at the front end of an investigation that they have a robust compliance culture and record of ethical conduct.… Continue Reading

Who then is a UK independent director?

A peer level board compliance committee, headed by a senior independent non-executive director with a majority of independent non-executive directors, should be a prerequisite for any company seeking to establish that it has put in place adequate precautions to prevent bribery.… Continue Reading

‘Huge, unexplained wealth’ held by Liberian officials

Some top officials in Liberia are refusing to cooperate with the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission to verify their assets.

This weekend, the commission accused 22 senior government officials, including Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and Police Director Chris Massaquoi, were named as “deliberately” refusing to cooperate with its assets verification team.… Continue Reading

Who’s ready to take the Compliance Officer Support Pledge?

If you’re a non-American compliance officer working in the hazardous, lawless conditions of many countries, it’s not clear what can be done. But this much is certain — COs working to create a code in China or India and so many other places need to know they have global support from compliance officers everywhere.… Continue Reading

What the ‘hukou’ is going on in China?

Gong Aiai was sentenced last week in a Shaanxi Province court to three years in prison for buying more than 20 properties with forged ‘hukou’ and identity cards under the names Gong Xianxia and Gong Aiai.… Continue Reading

Ex- Greek defense minister jailed 20 years

Greece’s former defense minister was sentenced Monday to 20 years in jail for money laundering and taking kickbacks.

Akis Tsochatzopoulos, 74, took at least €55 million ($75 million) in bribes in the 1990s, the court in Athens found.… Continue Reading

Does Yadav arrest signal a new era for India?

The conviction of an important Indian politician has some commentators speaking breathlessly of a renewed commitment to fight graft in India. If only it were true. In the land that invented chess, however, the only thing that has changed is the cost to play the game.… Continue Reading