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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

SFO charges currency printer, execs for Africa bribes

The UK Serious Fraud Office charged a specialty printing company and four individuals, including the firm’s former chairman, with paying more than £400,000 in bribes in Africa.

Smith & Ouzman Limited, two of its directors, an employee, and an agent were charged under the Section 1 Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, the SFO said.… Continue Reading

Execs see Africa opportunities, but risks too

FCPA Blog-sponsor AlixPartners teamed with Dentons to survey multinational companies about their current and future business objectives in Africa.

The survey aimed to better understand whether companies perceived Africa to be an attractive investment destination, given the continent’s legacy of corruption and political instability.… Continue Reading

Jail For Mabey & Johnson Execs

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office said two former directors and a sales manager of bridge-building firm Mabey & Johnson Ltd were sentenced yesterday for paying kickbacks to the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein.… Continue Reading

Surfing The SFO

Director Richard Alderman says, “The Serious Fraud Office has changed significantly over the past year. We have become much more proactive and innovative in our approach to combating serious fraud and corruption.”Continue Reading

Speaking Out

George Terwilliger — formerly of the DOJ and now in private practice — had some wise words about decisions to launch internal investigations. His article in law.com included this tightly packed and well-mannered exhortation:

Most corporate decision-makers do not have the experience necessary to anticipate the judgments and proclivities of enforcement officials.

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Breakthrough In Britain

British firm Mabey & Johnson Ltd was sentenced last week by an English court for overseas corruption and violations of the U.N.’s oil-for-food program. The bridge-building specialist will pay £6.6 million in criminal fines and related assessments.… Continue Reading

Here Comes The SFO, Part One

The last time we had a serious discussion about the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office was to report its thrashing in June 2008 by a former American prosecutor. Jessica de Grazia, who’d been an assistant district attorney in Manhattan for 13 years, was hired by the U.K.’s… Continue Reading

The Rule Of Brutality

Evan Osnos’ Letter from China in last week’s New Yorker included this excerpt from a piece circulating in China (in Chinese only) about the violence in Xinjiang. It’s attributed to Zhong Dajun, described as a prominent economic consultant and former editor at the China Economic Times:

This problem arises from the corruption of the government.

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