Editors

Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
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

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Aaron Bornstein: Key Lessons of the BOTA Foundation

In my recent previous posts on the BOTA Foundation, I recapped its history and provided what I think were some of the critical factors which led it to be recognized as the most successful example the United States Department of Justice has had to date in returning recovered corruption assets.… Continue Reading

The BOTA Foundation Revisited — Part Three: Why was BOTA So Successful?

As noted in my previous post, BOTA has been cited by several major newspapers in recent months as the most successful example that the United States has for accountable, transparent and effective return of recovered corruption assets, and in its final report on the foundation, the World Bank called BOTA “a remarkable achievement.”  

To what can we attribute BOTA’s success?… Continue Reading

The BOTA Foundation Revisited — Part Two: BOTA – A Quick Recap

The agreement to start the Foundation emerged in 2007 after more than two years of discussion between the Governments of the United States, Switzerland and Kazakhstan (known as “the Parties”) about the disposition of $84 million, plus interest, that had been frozen in a Swiss account since 1999. 

That account was controlled by the Government of Kazakhstan. 

The funds in it were suspected by the U.S.… Continue Reading

The BOTA Foundation explained (Part Eleven): Future BOTAs and dictators’ money

The BOTA Foundation was able to take the $115 million from the corruption case associated with James GIffen and use it effectively and efficiently to assist more than 200,000 poor children, youth and their families in Kazakhstan. 

Created in 2009 based on an agreement by the governments of the U.S., Switzerland and Kazakhstan (brokered by the World Bank), BOTA to date is the only such foundation to emerge from a FCPA prosecution. 

The question is: will the BOTA case be unique?… Continue Reading

The BOTA Foundation explained (Part Ten): Lessons from BOTA

BOTA was the first foundation established to restitute assets associated with an FCPA prosecution to victims of corruption. What were its key lessons that could be relevant to future foundations established for the same purpose?  

1.  The concept is proven: BOTA successfully spent down over $115 million dollars from the frozen Pictet and Cie account associated with James Giffen in about a five-year period efficiently and effectively.… Continue Reading

The BOTA Foundation explained (Part Nine): How effective was BOTA?

The BOTA Foundation surpassed most of the expectations that its founders had for it. BOTA was able to efficiently and effectively return more than $115 million (the original $84 million associated with corruption plus accrued interest frozen Pictet and Cie Swiss bank account) to poor children, youth and their families.Continue Reading