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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

Bribery Allegations Are Aimed At BP

The British press is reporting (here and here) that oil giant BP and its current and former CEOs, Tony Hayward and Lord Browne, as well as Norway’s Statoil and its CEO, are among the defendants named in a civil lawsuit involving allegations of bribery of government officials in Kazakhstan.… Continue Reading

The Great Temptation

Some of the most charming and charismatic people in this world are agents – the middlemen who help foreign companies navigate local waters in return for a slice of revenues, typically around 5%.… Continue Reading

Ten Fast Facts About The FCPA

It’s easy enough to scoff at the slogans, proverbs and aphorisms that line the halls of the great corporations. Who hasn’t emerged from a conference-room donnybrook wondering who the Teamwork posters are supposed to be talking about?… Continue Reading

Roll Call

It was just two weeks ago that we were waxing about the quiet times for FCPA watchers, due to the temporary bottleneck in the appointment of corporate monitors. But come to think of it, the Justice Department’s Fraud Section, the group in charge of FCPA enforcement, has a lot on its mind right now.… Continue Reading

At Alcoa, Who Knew What?

If, as Alba alleges, Alcoa overcharged it for supply contracts by $2 billion, and some or all of the money went into offshore accounts controlled by Alcoa’s agent and was used to bribe Alba’s personnel and other Bahraini government officials, then the focus of the U.S.… Continue Reading

A Matter Of Money

At the White Collar Crime Prof Blog, Ellen Podgor — who’s now the solo blog editor since Peter Henning placed himself on well-deserved blog editor emeritus status — discusses some of the obligations imposed by the Department of Justice on AB Volvo and its two subsidiaries in their deferred prosecution agreement here.… Continue Reading

Questions And More Questions About Alba v. Alcoa

What’s the story behind this case? To be honest, we’ve got lots of questions and so few answers.

This we know: Aluminum Bahrain BSC (“Alba”) sued Alcoa Inc., its long-time raw materials supplier, for corruption and fraud in a Pittsburgh federal court.… Continue Reading

Feds Investigating Alcoa For FCPA Violations

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Alcoa Inc. violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws by bribing officials in Bahrain.

The federal investigation was triggered when Aluminum Bahrain BSC (“Alba”) filed a civil lawsuit three weeks ago in federal court in Pittsburgh accusing Alcoa of a 15-year conspiracy linked to overcharging, fraud and bribery.… Continue Reading

AB Volvo Settles FCPA Charges For $19.6 Million

AB Volvo today entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Iraq caused by two subsidiaries under the U.N.… Continue Reading

All In The Family

In a post here we described our edits to Wikipedia’s article on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (here). Wiki’s old article said a bank owner (pictured far left) whose brother was the minister of finance (far right) would be a foreign official for the FCPA.… Continue Reading