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Editors

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

Michel Sapin: Sapin II retakes French sovereignty

Michel SapinFormer French Finance Minister Michel Sapin and four other panelists convened last week at the Panthéon-Assas University’s historical Place du Panthéon campus in Paris to discuss the application of the Sapin II law that came into effect in December 2016.… Continue Reading

Olympic compliance and Paris 2024: It’s France’s turn to lead

The Paris 2024 Summer Olympics present an historic opportunity for the Olympic Movement, the French compliance industry, and the global anti-corruption effort. In a brief two-year span — 2016 to 2017 — three extraordinary events converged:

• The International Olympic Committee formalized a new policy of contractually obligating host cities and their Olympic organizations to adopt anti-corruption and human rights compliance;

• At the same time, France was enacting its landmark anti-corruption compliance law, Sapin II, and a corporate human rights obligation, the Duty of Vigilance Law, heralding a new era for France’s compliance industry; and

 • The IOC selected Paris to host the 2024 Games, inviting France to set the standard for Olympic corruption and human rights compliance.… Continue Reading

Xavier Oustalniol: Will France expand the scope and reach of its anti-corruption agency?

The Special Investigative Commission of the National Assembly has released a report on the conditions surrounding foreign investments in French companies of strategic importance.

While the report discusses French industrial policy in the context of globalization more broadly, it also provides insight into how the French government may strengthen the Agence Française Anticorruption (AFA) and its ability to cooperate with foreign regulators on investigations involving corruption.Continue Reading

Sarkozy faces corruption charges

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was charged Wednesday with corruption and taking illegal campaign contributions from the Libyan government.

Police took him into custody in Paris Tuesday for questioning.

Prosecutors believe part of his successful 2007 campaign was illegally financed by as much as €50 million ($61 million) from Libya’s government.… Continue Reading

Olympic anti-corruption measures, in three dimensions

The Olympic Games, which open today, have become a powerful symbol in the global anti-corruption movement. They lay bare the worldwide human tendency to abuse entrusted authority for private gain. But so too do they highlight the emergent global resolve to address it and the myriad tools now at our disposal.… Continue Reading