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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

UK relaxes wrongful trading rules, and that’s a good thing

The recent news that the UK government is relaxing its wrongful trading rules is to be welcomed. The proposal to temporarily shield directors from liability when their companies do business while having negative balance sheets is set out in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, which is currently going through the UK parliament’s legislative process and is expected to be passed into law imminently.Continue Reading

Is public access to company registers a flawed concept?

The clamor for public access to open or public company registers (sometimes called “UBO” – ultimate beneficial ownership – registers) continues unabated. One of the latest to extoll their virtues as a means of combatting corruption is Joseph Kraus in a recent post on the FCPA Blog.… Continue Reading

In Washington, Congress struggles with UBO disclosure rules

The Wall Street Journal’s Kristin Broughton recently reported on the ongoing U.S. legislative saga that seeks to impose the compulsory disclosure of Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) information, relating to the use of privately-held companies and most LLCs, to a “controlled-access” registry to be maintained by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN).… Continue Reading

UBO Registers: Cayman goes it alone

As somebody who has argued that open public corporate registers of Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) information are a flawed concept, I was somewhat surprised when one of the UK overseas territories suddenly decided to go it alone, after many arguments that the territories offered more robust company register systems than the UK.… Continue Reading

ABA resisting law to prevent money laundering?

The American Bar Association is apparently putting up a fight against proposed legislation that would help to prevent money laundering and a host of other crimes in the USA. At first glance, the story appears to defy logic: why would lawyers be against such meaningful and well-intentioned legislation?… Continue Reading

American head of the SFO pulls the plug on hopeless cases

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) enjoys a mixed reputation as far as other law enforcement agencies are concerned, in particular the police.

American national and former deputy general counsel at the FBI, Lisa Osofsky, the head of the SFO, has effectively admitted defeat over several of its investigations, which were started before her tenure at the SFO.Continue Reading