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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

Distasteful But Not Illegal, Say The Lords

The House of Lords ruled today that the Serious Fraud Office didn’t break the law when it stopped its investigation into bribery allegations involving BAE Systems and Saudi Arabia.

In April this year the High Court in London slammed the SFO’s decision.… Continue Reading

A Public Test For GE’s Compliance Program

The Corporate Crime Reporter (CCR) has a story here about a Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower complaint filed against General Electric by former in-house counsel, Adriana Koeck. She says she was fired from GE for reporting fraud in Brazil to her superiors, including alleged tax cheating and potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

Calling All Pundits

The mailbag brings plenty of pleasant surprises — and this morning was no exception. We received the following message (changed slightly to protect identities)

Dear FCPA Blog,

As a member of the Law Review, I am required to write a student note.

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Readers’ Choice

Based on total page views, here are the top five posts from the FCPA Blog so far in 2008:

1. Feeling the Heat Overseas, June 9, 2008

Foreign companies can’t be blamed for wondering if they’re being singled out under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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An Insider’s Tale About Kazakhstan’s Corruption

The Wall Street Journal’s July 22 Page One story on public corruption in Kazakhstan involving the ruling family is extraordinary. Reporters Glenn Simpson and Susan Schmidt have dug deep, with help from the former son-in-law of the country’s president.… Continue Reading

BAE To Reform Its Compliance — Later

In May this year, after the Department of Justice briefly held and searched BAE’s ceo and a director in separate U.S. airports, we asked if stonewalling the U.S. government in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation ever makes sense.… Continue Reading

Bulgaria Joins The Wrong Club

One benefit of “globalization” — a word we think means the integration of national economies into the global financial system — is that corrupt regimes now come in for heavy international flak.… Continue Reading

UBS: Growth Run Amok

We’re exercising our Friday liberty to post a story that’s not about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — at least not yet. It’s about a world-class financial institution — a market leader with 80,000 employees in 50 countries, the heavyweight champ of global wealth management — that allowed its sales force to run wild and in the process trample numerous U.S.… Continue Reading

Why We Keep Plugging

It’s a familiar and unwelcome moment. Those on the other side of the table spot the FCPA compliance language for the first time:

The joint venture and all its personnel shall comply in all respects with the requirements of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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A Gold Medal For Opinion Procedure Release 08-03

Foreign organizations in China have been vexed for years by the need to pay or reimburse Chinese journalists who attend local press events. The journalists can’t afford to travel on their own and their employers don’t reimburse them.… Continue Reading

Heading For The Hammock

It’s the weekend again. Good thing. We need (and deserve) some rest. What serious mind, after all, wouldn’t be exhausted pondering how Tampa Bay can be one and a half games clear of the Red Sox?… Continue Reading