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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 Woolf Report Tells No Tales

The message in our inbox yesterday said: You may find this interesting if you haven’t seen it already. It’s the Woolf Committee Report on BAE — released this morning. It’s breathtaking in the extent to which they have focused stubbornly on the future and avoided a meaningful review of past conduct.Continue Reading

We Ask, And Answer, A Question

Can an employee be charged with a criminal violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act even if his or her company isn’t convicted of an FCPA offense? Yes. An employee can be prosecuted under the FCPA even if the employer hasn’t been convicted.… Continue Reading

Great Words From The Hill, Circa 1977

Aside from the villa on Lake Como and the Aston Martin in the garage, the greatest perk that comes from tending this garden is hearing from so many talented experts in the field of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

May It Please The Court

We enjoy a good argument just as much as the next lawyer. Stare decisis, analogy, plain meaning, ambiguity — bring ’em on. Which is why it took us awhile — the better part of two decades, but who’s counting — to firmly grasp this simple idea: When it comes to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, forget the fancy lawyer stuff.… Continue Reading

Workers Of The World, Comply

Tomorrow is May 1st — also known as May Day or International Workers’ Day — a public holiday in much of the world, including our present location. It’s a day to honor workers and their achievements, and to give people a well-timed spring holiday.… Continue Reading

Fear And Greed And The FCPA

We’ve noticed that when prices for energy and other commodities climb, there’s more public corruption. Spiking prices, after all, mean fatter margins for producers and proportionately more insecurity for consumers. Meanwhile, middlemen see nothing but opportunities.… Continue Reading

Ex-World Bank Manager Sentenced For FCPA Offense

The Justice Department has announced the April 22, 2008 sentencing of former World Bank employee, Ramendra Basu. The Indian national and U.S. permanent resident received 15 months in prison for conspiring to award World Bank contracts to consultants in exchange for kickbacks and for helping a contractor bribe a foreign official in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

Boom Times For The FCPA Business

Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein writes in today’s paper here about the boom for law firms, accountants, investigators, computer forensics specialists, compliance consultants, conference organizers, “risk mitigators” and others triggered by the recent increase in enforcement activity, internal investigations and self-reporting under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

U.K. Government Appeals BAE Decision

The U.K. government is appealing the High Court’s ruling that the Serious Fraud Office broke the law in shutting down an investigation into BAE’s sale of jet fighters to Saudi Arabia.… Continue Reading

These Opinions Really Matter . . .

When the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act became law in 1977, it ignited suspicions outside Washington that the government was planning a clever ambush, like a central-Florida speed trap, intended to catch unsuspecting business people and their lawyers in felonious conduct overseas.… Continue Reading

The Majesty of the Law

We admit to being stunned. Boggled, bowled over, dumbfounded, floored and flabbergasted (thanks, Roget’s). We never expected the British High Court to disturb the U.K.’s somnolent status quo in the fight against international public corruption, by ruling that the Serious Fraud Office broke the law in dropping its investigation of BAE.… Continue Reading