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Editors

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

Diageo’s ‘Rice Cake’ Payments

There’s always a danger that an unhealthy corporate practice, even an illegal one, will gain internal acceptance and legitimacy simply because it happens all the time.

Take Diageo’s gift giving in Asia.… Continue Reading

Socially Responsible Investing And The FCPA

The pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running a high-profile campaign to weaken the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. But not everyone in the business world is happy about that.

Walden Asset Management — a division of Boston Trust & Investment Management Company — recently said IBM’s role in supporting the Chamber of Commerce is inconsistent with good corporate citizenship.… Continue Reading

Enforcement Report For Q1 ’11

During the first quarter of 2011, two earlier FCPA-related indictments were disclosed. And there were four corporate actions, four guilty pleas, including two shot-show defendants and the former KBR middleman Jeffrey Tesler, who was hit with the biggest forfeiture order in FCPA history, and two sentencings of individuals to prison.… Continue Reading

Overlooked Oversight

In 2007, we listed ten elements of an effective compliance program. Several elements made it clear that high-level oversight is always critical. In IBM’s case, that oversight was missing.

On Friday, the company paid $10 million to settle civil FCPA charges brought by the SEC for violations in Korea and China.… Continue Reading

IBM Pays $10 Million In SEC Settlement

IBM today resolved civil charges brought by the SEC for violating the books and records and internal control provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The company admitted making improper cash payments to government officials in South Korea and China, and giving gifts and paying travel and entertainment expenses that violated the FCPA.… Continue Reading