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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

China probe of oil and gas corruption spreads overseas

A sweeping corruption investigation into state oil giant China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has expanded from domestic oilfields to overseas operations, with two more oil executives being detained for questioning.
 
Bo Qiliang (pictured), the vice president of CNPC’s subsidiary PetroChina Company Limited, was one of those detained, sources told local English-language magazine Caixin.… Continue Reading

Chinese ‘weapons proliferator’ indicted for Iran sales

A China national used a web of overseas front companies and U.S. financial institutions to sell nuclear-weapons-related items to Iran in violation of trade sanctions, the DOJ said Tuesday.

“As alleged, Li Fangwei has used subterfuge and deceit to continue to evade U.S.… Continue Reading

Survey shows corporate commitment to anti-corruption programs

Dow Jones Risk & Compliance conducted an online survey in February, asking 383 compliance professionals around the world to evaluate their anti-corruption compliance programs and name their top risk concerns.

Eighty of the respondents were in North America, 145 in Western Europe, 119 in Asia-Pacific, and 39 in other countries.… 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

Weatherford expects $250 million settlement

Oil field services company Weatherford International said Monday it hopes to finalize a settlement with the U.S. government of FCPA and oil-for-food violations and trading with sanctioned countries for about $250 million.… Continue Reading

One Library of Congress to go, please

The electronic spies at the National Security Agency have tried lately to play down the amount of Internet traffic they inspect — and play up how central that monitoring is to stopping terrorist attacks.… Continue Reading

Total carries forward $398 million for possible FCPA settlement

Here’s the complete FCPA disclosure from Total SA’s Form 6-K (Report of Foreign Private Issuer) filed with the SEC on April 29, 2013:

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In 2003, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) followed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) issued a formal order directing an investigation in connection with the pursuit of business in Iran by certain oil companies including, among others, TOTAL.… Continue Reading