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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
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

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Report: Rich Azerbaijan oil deal points to insiders

The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) signed an unusually rich production sharing agreement with a company based in the United Arab Emirates that has close ties to Azeri officials.

The deal Bahar Energy Limited (UAE) signed with SOCAR gives Bahar 80 percent of profits of the Gum-Deniz and Bahar oil fields, with the other 20 percent going to SOCAR.… Continue Reading

Freedom takes a hit

Freedom House said in its latest report that 54 countries showed overall declines in political rights and civil liberties, compared with 40 that showed gains.

“For the eighth consecutive year, Freedom in the World recorded more declines in democracy worldwide than gains,” Freedom House said.… Continue Reading

Judge delays Lewis sentencing to April

Clayton Lewis, the hedge fund partner who invested and lost $126 million in Viktor Kozeny’s Azeri privatization scheme, won’t be sentenced until at least April, according to an order issued this month by the judge hearing his case.… Continue Reading

Bourke loses another appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals has denied Frederic Bourke’s request for a new trial.

Bourke, convicted in 2009 of an FCPA conspiracy and sentenced to a year in jail, argued that prosecutors knowingly allowed a key witness to present false testimony to the jury.… Continue Reading

Law professor accuses Bourke prosecutors of malpractice

Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY (photo courtesy of the U.S. Marshals) Frederic Bourke asked a federal appeals court to consider a law review article that slams the DOJ’s handling of key testimony in his trial as unethical and amounting to legal malpractice.… Continue Reading