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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

Money laundering plea in PetroEcuador bribery case

A U.S.-based financial advisor pleaded guilty Tuesday for helping launder money used to bribe officials at Ecuador’s state energy company.

Jose Larrea, 40, a U.S. citizen living in Miami, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. … Continue Reading

Chevron awarded $28 million in Ecuador legal battle

Chevron scored another victory Wednesday in an ongoing legal battle tied to 20-year pollution case in Ecuador.

The Supreme Court of Gibraltar granted Chevron a $28 million award after issuing a judgment against Amazonia Recovery Ltd, a Gibraltar-based company established to receive and distribute funds resulting from a contentious 2011 Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron.… Continue Reading

SEC probes Key Energy Russia ops

Key Energy Services, Inc. disclosed in a securities filing Tuesday that the SEC is investigating potential FCPA violations by the company in Russia.

In its May 6, 2014 Form 10-Q, Key said:

The U.S.Continue Reading

After RICO trial win, Chevron demands $32 million from plaintiffs lawyer Donziger for attorneys fees

Chevron Corporation asked a federal court Tuesday to award it $32 million for attorneys fees it incurred during a successful fraud and racketeering trial against U.S. lawyer Steven Donziger.

As first reported Thursday by Oil Patch Asia (and reprinted here with permission), Chevron said in a motion for attorney’s fees that Donziger used “a pattern of racketeering that included multiple frauds, extortion, [and] obstruction of justice” to win a multi-billion-dollar pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador.… Continue Reading

Financial Action Task Force: These nations have AML deficiencies

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) identified jurisdictions that have strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and financing of terrorism controls in a public statement Friday.

The FATF is a membership body that sets the global standards for anti-money laundering (AML) and financing of terrorism (FT) programs and controls.… Continue Reading