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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 Public International Organizations

After it signed the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, the U.S. in 1998 amended the FCPA through the International Anti-Bribery and Fair Competition Act. Among other things, the 1998 amendment widened the definition of “foreign official” to include any officer or employee of a public international organization or any person acting in an official capacity for, or on behalf of, any such public international organization.… Continue Reading

Bodmer Appointed To Board Of Swiss Bank

Hans Bodmer. Photo courtesy of Hyposwiss Private Bank. Bloomberg’s David Glovin reported this month that Viktor Kozeny’s Swiss lawyer who pleaded guilty in the U.S. to conspiracy to launder money was appointed to the board of “a Swiss bank that the government said he used in the criminal scheme.”… Continue Reading

Bourke Witness Faces Sentencing

Hans Bodmer, a key witness against Frederic Bourke, faces sentencing today in federal court in Manhattan for conspiracy to launder money. Photo by edenpicturesHans Bodmer, the Swiss lawyer who once represented Viktor Kozeny and provided key testimony against Frederic Bourke, may learn his sentence today.… Continue Reading

The Feds Should Take A Meeting

Husband-and-wife movie producers Gerald and Patricia Green are now on trial in LA for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prosecutors allege they paid more than $1.8 million in bribes to Juthamas Siriwan, a former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, in return for $14 million in contracts to stage the Bangkok Film Festival.
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Catching Corrupt Lawyers, Part II

A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns. — Mario Puzo

With that street-smart aphorism in mind, we went looking for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act-related cases where lawyers were alleged to be on the wrong side of the law.… Continue Reading

In Search Of The Level Playing Field

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was last amended ten years ago. The “International Anti-Bribery and Fair Competition Act of 1998” was intended to make the FCPA consistent with the OECD Convention — formally titled the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.… Continue Reading