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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

UK courts: Djibouti government loses corruption claim against politically connected businessman

Abdourahman Mohamed Mahmoud BorehLondon’s commercial court recently dismissed, in fairly trenchant terms, a corruption-related claim brought by the Djibouti government against Abdourahman Boreh, the man credited with being instrumental in the development of the country’s strategically important and successful port, oil storage, and duty free facilities.… Continue Reading

UK courts: SFO clears legal privilege hurdle in bribery probe

An insight into the difficulties of establishing and protecting e-legal professional privilege arising from a bribery investigation was recently provided in a recent administrative law case. 

The claimant, a bribery suspect, sought to challenge the Serious Fraud Office’s use of inside IT specialists for sifting through and isolating potential legal professional privilege (LPP) material from his seized electronic devices.… Continue Reading

UK courts: Italian prosecutor follows the money from a strange oil deal

In December, the public prosecutor of Milan (Italy) laid some fairly explosive evidence before the UK’s Southwark Crown Court in connection with an ongoing Nigerian corruption investigation. If the evidence can be substantiated, it may have widespread political and international ramifications for those involved in a remarkably long running and murky saga.… Continue Reading

Freezing orders: An opportunity to obtain information?

In any word association game, “tracing, proprietary and yawn” would probably make a good grouping. However, the importance of the former two for a potential bribery victim in carrying out investigations and conducting disciplinary proceedings was recently underscored in a decision involving the UK’s largest housebuilder.… Continue Reading

UK court decision: Bribery makes chief executive ‘a bad leaver’

Last month, the Scottish Court of Session Outer House delivered a decision that illustrates the pitfalls that await executive shareholders implicated in commercial bribery.

The case concerned whether or not the affairs of a transport and liquid freighting company were being carried on in an unfairly prejudicial manner to the interests of the former chief executive and associated shareholders. … Continue Reading

Alistair Craig: In arbitration, how much transparency is enough?

The degree of transparency to be afforded to Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) arising from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is currently exercising the EU parliament.

Concerns have been expressed that if the handling of disputes between investors and government are kept private, there is a risk of private interests and determinations subverting sovereign and EU legislation.… Continue Reading

TI critiques UK anti-money laundering enforcement

This month, Transparency International published its survey of the UK’s AML enforcement and confiscation systems, particularly in relation to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) defined “grand corruption” (bribe-taking or kickbacks, extortion, self-dealing, conflicts of interest, and embezzlement from the national treasuries).… Continue Reading