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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

We’re serious: It’s an exciting time for tax enforcement

Admittedly, we’re surprised to write that headline several weeks after “tax day” in the United States. However, a common theme emerged during a recent World Bank Group program on tax evasion: there’s currently an unprecedented level of enthusiasm, political will and momentum in support of combating global tax evasion and avoidance. … Continue Reading

The plunder of foreign aid

“A little more than forty years ago, an observation was made that foreign aid was aid from the poor people of the rich countries to the rich people of the poor countries.… Continue Reading

OECD Enforcement Scores

Transparency International’s latest report about antibribery enforcement in the OECD breaks down this way:

Active Enforcement: Seven countries: Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States

Moderate Enforcement: Nine countries: Argentina, Belgium, Finland, France, Japan, Korea (South), Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden

Little or No Enforcement: 21 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, and Turkey

For specifics, the report said the United States has 227 cases (prosecutions and investigations) in the 2011 report, up from 169 in 2010; Germany has 135 cases, up from 117; and Brazil reports eight ongoing investigations, up from four in TI’s last report.… Continue Reading

Someone Tell The Lawyers

The International Bar Association (IBA) said about half the world’s lawyers haven’t heard of the FCPA. Seventy percent are unaware of the U.K. Bribery Act, and four in ten don’t know about the OECD and U.N.… Continue Reading