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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

Halliburton Investigating Angola Operations

Houston-based oil and gas services giant Halliburton on Friday disclosed an internal investigation into possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Angola.

It said in an SEC filing that an anonymous email it received in December 2010 alleged FCPA violations ‘principally through the use of an Angolan vendor.’… Continue Reading

Cobalt’s Blind Date

Oil is big business. And it leads some companies to take big risks with FCPA compliance.

Take Cobalt International Energy, Inc., for example.

In its annual report filed with the SEC on March 1, Cobalt repeated a disclosure, of sorts, about FCPA compliance in an Angolan development project.… Continue Reading

Alcatel-Lucent Settles Bribery Case

In one of the biggest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements of all time, Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent S.A. will pay $137 million for bribing officials in Costa Rica, Honduras, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

The company and three subsidiaries will pay $92 million to resolve criminal charges with the DOJ and $45 million in disgorgement to the SEC.… Continue Reading

SEC Charges Second Pride Exec

The former country manager in Venezuela for Pride International, Inc. last week settled civil FCPA charges with the SEC.

Joe Summers, a U.S. citizen who lives in John Day, Oregon, agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000.… Continue Reading

Pride’s Disclosure Tells The Story

We admire Pride International, Inc.’s approach to its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act disclosures. The company talks about the serious problems it had for years with sensitive payments, and how it’s been dealing with them.… Continue Reading

Pride Discloses Global Corruption Probe

Pride International, Inc., a Houston-based drill-rig provider to the oil and gas industry, disclosed in its February 29, 2008 Form 10-K (annual report) an ongoing internal investigation into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

Does ABB Have an Effective Compliance Program?

Zurich, Switzerland-based engineering giant ABB Ltd’s Q2 earnings release contained the following item:

On July 13, 2007, ABB disclosed to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspect payments made by employees of company subsidiaries in Asia, South America and Europe, in particular Italy.

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