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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

The Hunt For Overseas Evidence

No corporations and just a few individuals have fought Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges in court, so only a handful of people have ever seen an FCPA defense up close. But for the first time, we have a chance to follow not one but three pending prosecutions — in U.S.v.Continue Reading

Dealing With The DOJ

The Justice Department resolves corporate FCPA enforcement actions these days by using deferred and non-prosecution agreements. And the go-to guys for information about them are Ryan McConnell, an Assistant United States Attorney in Houston, and Larry Finder, a partner in Houston with Haynes and Boone.… Continue Reading

Halliburton Announces Pending Settlement

Halliburton said today its settlement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions with the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission is waiting for the DOJ’s final approval. It said it has reserved $559 million for the proposed settlements that include payments on behalf of its former subsidiary KBR.… Continue Reading

The Unnamed Party

Last February, Aluminum Bahrain BSC, or Alba for short, made big headlines by filing an explosive federal lawsuit against Alcoa. Bahrain-owned Alba accused its long-time U.S. supplier of overcharging for raw materials during a 15-year period, and using some of the money to bribe Alba’s executives for more contracts.… Continue Reading

Naked Corporate Defendants

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision in U.S. v. Ionia Management, S.A., shooting down attempts to change the way corporations are held liable for the criminal acts of their employees through respondeat superior.… Continue Reading

Obama On Corruption

With his family ties to Kenya and Indonesia, and who can forget Chicago, Barak Obama should know plenty about public corruption — and he does. The subject was clearly on his mind when he visited Kenya in 2006 (he’s pictured left with his 83-year-old Kenyan grandmother).… Continue Reading

A Sword That Heals

He explained his reason for hope this way: “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.… Continue Reading

China Notebook

This is the first deep economic downturn most Chinese have experienced, so fear and anger are in the air. A Bloomberg report yesterday quoted an editor of a state-run magazine in the southwestern city of Chongqing as saying, “We’re entering the peak of mass incidents.… Continue Reading

Our Hollywood Minute

Let’s not forget the Greens. They’re the husband-and-wife movie producers arrested in December 2007 for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prosecutors allege they paid more than $1.8 million in bribes to a former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in return for $14 million in contracts to stage the Bangkok Film Festival.… Continue Reading

It’s Another World At That Bank

Like everyone else, we’re stunned by the news coming from the World Bank these days. First Satyam, then Wipro, and now Megasoft Consultants Ltd. All three Indian outsourcing companies have been banned from doing business with the Bank because they violated the fraud and corruption provisions of its procurement guidelines.… Continue Reading